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According to a new study whisky that is aged in space tastes different than whisky that in aged on Earth. A team of researchers analysed samples of whiskey that was aged in space and compared it to samples that was aged on Earth and found that the two had very different taste.
Ardbeg, a leading whiskey maker from Scotland entered into a partnership with an American space research company called, NanoRacks in 2012 to find out how alcohol changes flavours and aromas in the absence of gravity. Researchers took samples of un-aged Ardbeg whisky as well as shavings from inside charred American White Oak barrels. Half of the samples were sent to the International Space Station while the other half was aged on Earth.
The samples were brought back safely to earth and the team of researchers began testing and analysis on some of the samples.Researchers recorded distinct differences in the samples from the space and those form Earth. They said that it cannot be said that liquor aged in space was better in taste but only concluded that the two samples were different.
Dr. Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg's director of distilling and whisky creation, explains in a video about the project, said, "When myself and my team went to nose and test the samples. I was quite astonished at how different the samples were. Up in the space station it was a whole new range of samples - some flavours I hadn't encountered before."