Japanese distillery Suntory (their Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was honored as the best whiskey in the world last year) has announced it will be sending six samples of it’s products to Kibo, Japan’s module on the International Space Station. These samples will include a 21-year-old single malt and a whiskey that has just been distilled.
For science, not shots of course.
Once it completes it’s space travel in August, the whiskey will be undergo experimentation in microgravity conditions over the course of a few years.
In a press release, Suntory writes:
“With the exception of some items like beer, alcoholic beverages are widely known to develop a mellow flavor when aged for a long time. We still do not have a full picture of how this occurs.”
After one year, samples of the space booze will return to Earth, while the rest will remain for another year or two for further experimentation. Well, I’ll be composing my resume to include “Space Station Alcoholic Beverage Taste Tester” now.