Suntory is the oldest Japan’s whisky distillery, which manufacturers the best whisky in the world named as Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013. Suntory spokesperson told to the Wall Street Journal that the samples of the whiskies will be sent to the space to test those in zero gravity and temperature stable environment.
The samples include the fresh distilled whisky and the 21 year old malt whisky. They have deiced to launch on August 16 from the Tanegashima Space Center, which is supposed to be destined as Japanese Experiment Module aboard the ISS.
Suntory is known as the brewing and distillery company, which will send the six samples of their whisky by August 16 to the International Space Station (ISS) to check the ageing effect. The major goal of the company is to check the zero gravity, temperature stable environment which can affect the “mellowness” of the drinks when they are aged.
The taste of the drinks is changed according to mellowness, but the mechanism behind this is unknown. Suntory said in its press release that the researchers have collaborated with the Japanese scientists and they believe that suppress liquid conditions can affect the mellowness of the drinks.
The first samples are destined to come back to Earth after a year and the other samples will be with the ISS for the next two years. And, once they are back, the company has no plans to sell those drinks.
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