Supernova Scotch Celebrates Outer Space, Intoxication

Earlier in September, a vial of Ardbed Scotch re-entered the Earth's atmosphere after nearly three years in orbit aboard the International Space Station. The experiment was conducted to determine the impact of an environment devoid of gravity on the maturation process of whisky and, more importantly, gain the title of being the first distillery in space.

Ardbeg Supernova pays tribute to this intergalactic voyage by taking its namesake from the stellar explosion that comes from the gravitational collapse of a star. Kinda heavy stuff, no?

How does the 55% ABV Scotch whisky taste? Well, connoisseurs from all around the galaxy describe the flavor as the peatiest, smokiest, and most complex of all the Islay malts. Alongside the smokiness, Ardbed also holds a certain sweetness, which is known among the experts—and this is serious— as "the peaty paradox." Nerd alert. 

So what's the verdict on our space whisky? Well, after spending 1,045 days circling the Earth's atmosphere at 17,227 miles per hour, the little vial that could finally landed (somewhere in Kazakhstan, actually) via a Soyuz booster rocket.

The whisky is now well-versed in space travel and is currently undergoing testing to determine what the hell happened out there on the ISS. We can neither confirm nor deny interference from booze-thirsty mutant space-ants. 

Oh well. Until then, we'll keep you updated on the effects of gravity on booze—in the meantime we'll stick with what we know: don't eat chips in space. 

Jeremy Glass is the Vice editor for Supercompressor and would love to further understand the effects of extreme anxiety in outer space.