A malt whisky has been blasted into space to see how it matures under zero gravity.
Samples of unmatured malt and charred oak were sent up in an unmanned cargo spacecraft last October.
Once the ingredients from the Ardbeg Distillery on Islay reached the international space station, they were mixed together.
Dr Bill Lumsden, head of distilling and whisky creation at Ardbeg, said: “This experiment will throw new light on the effect of gravity on maturation.
“We are all tremendously excited – who knows where it will lead?”
The experiment, being conducted by the US-based space research company NanoRacks LLC, will be in space until the end of 2013.
Unveiling the research at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the company said it is studying the interaction of chemicals at zero gravity to better understand how flavours work.
Arthur Motley, a buyer for Royal Mile Whiskies in Edinburgh, said: “I’ve sampled some of Scotland’s most heavenly whiskies, along with some rocket fuel, but nothing so intergalactic.
“We would love to stock this, although I’d be a little concerned with the astronomical price – and the hefty carbon footprint.”
by The Punjapit Alliance