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Suntory Sends Whiskey Into Space for Boozy Study

Lots of people think Suntory whiskies are out of this world and it looks like they were right. The Japanese distilling company will be sending six samples of its spirits into outer space aboard the International Space Station. There, the amber liquid will tempt orbiting astronauts for more than a year in a study on the effect that zero gravity has on product aging and human taste buds.

The samples include a 21-year-old single malt and a brand new one that has just been distilled. Booze-ology researchers have found that whiskey aged in an environment with little jarring or temperature change has a tendency to become more relaxed. Having departed last month to the space station via Kounotori (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s transfer vehicle), some of samples will return to Earth after a year, while the rest will remain in space for at least two years.

Vicki Arkoff

Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Contributor for JustLuxe, reporting on travel, entertainment, lifestyle and autos. She also reports for Atlas Obscura, The Daily Meal, Day Spa Magazine, Lonely Planet, Prevue, Where Guestbook, Where Los Angeles Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Bing News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, MSN, New York Daily News, Orlando Sentinel, San Diego Union-Tribune, Yahoo News...(Read More)

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