Space-Aged Whisky Returned to Earth

Ardbeg presented a night of Whisky Exploration on Oct. 23 at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City as NanoRacks Managing Director Jeffrey Manber officially returned vials of Ardbeg whisky that spent 3 years in space to Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation Dr. Bill Lumsden. From the press release:


New York, NY — In honor of the revolutionary experiment that was embarked upon in 2011, Ardbeg presented a night of Whiskey Exploration. On last Thursday, October 23, 2014 at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a diverse group of whisky enthusiasts welcomed back the Ardbeg vials that spent three year in space.

The returned vials were revealed for the first time as Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director of NanoRacks officially returned the vials to Dr. Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation. The $1Million insured vials will now return to the Ardbeg distillery in Scotland where Dr.Bill Lumsden will continue to study the effects of microgravity on the compound and produce a white paper on the results.

White paper findings from this bold and dynamic experiment will be revealed sometime in 2015. The vials will then commence a tour of the United States and other countries around the world before one lucky buyer will have the chance to bid and purchase at auction.

The Whisky Exploration was the perfect setting for Dr.Bill along with fellow whisky connoisseurs, to come together and celebrate this innovative and ground breaking experiment. The night concluded with a toast of Ardbeg’s newest expression; Supernova 2014- the limited edition malt that was released to commemorate the return of the Ardbeg vial from space.


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