Japanese distillery Suntory are taking on the final frontier of Whiskey ageing by sending a selection of their world famous beverages into orbit.
In cooperation with JAXA, one of the first companies to put Japanese whiskey on the map are now going to be sending samples of their products to the International Space Station’s Japanese Experiment Module, also known as “Kibo”, to experiment on the “development of mellowness in alcoholic beverage through the use of a microgravity environment”.
The samples will be separated into two groups, both of which will be delivered on August 16, 2015, with group 1 returning in after a 13 month period, while group 2 will remain on board for at least two years. Suntory will also be storing identical samples in Japan to act as a control to the experiment.
The space experiments will be conducted to verify the effect of the convection-free state created by a microgravity environment to the mellowing of alcoholic beverages.
When the samples return they will be tested using a number of techniques including Xray and substance diffusion to analyse the high-dimensional structure of the liquid.
Suntory will not be putting these specific drinks on sale however, if the experiment is a success, it shouldn’t be too long before you can toast your adventures with the space aged spirits.