The Experiment

Since we launched Ardbeg’s first whisky experiment into space in 2011 – in the shape of vials of Ardbeg-crafted molecules – it has been orbiting the planet on the International Space Station at 17,227 miles per hour, 15 times a day.

To re-cap, the vials contained a class of compounds known as ‘terpenes.’ Ardbeg was invited by US based space research company NanoRacks LLC to take part in testing these micro organic compounds in a maturation experiment (the interaction of these compounds with charred oak) between normal gravity on Earth and micro- gravity i.e. space.

We predict excitement levels are set to go atmospheric as we can announce the experiment has landed - Kazakhstan, Central Asia to be exact!

Waiting on the ground were assorted boffins ready to rush the experiment to a scientific laboratory in Houston. Among their number is our very own whisky creator, the eminent Dr. Bill Lumsden. It will be the team’s task to proceed to unlock the mysteries of maturation, through the study of the interaction between Ardbeg-crafted molecules and charred oak, both in micro-gravity (in orbit) and normal gravity (in Ardbeg’s Warehouse 3).

Dr. Bill will be revealing the maturation secrets of the universe in a white paper to be unveiled at a later date after the exhaustive studies.