The Glenlivet partnered not too way back with the College of Environmental Sciences on the College of Guelph on a space-based experiment to review how barley seeds may stand up to the results of utmost circumstances and nonetheless be used to create a brand new single malt expression.
The Glenlivet space-traveling barley seeds, carried out at the side of the faculty and in addition know-how firm Aegis Aerospace, noticed them hitch a experience into house in Could 2021 on a SpaceX rocket. They have been taken aboard the Worldwide Area Station the place, in the course of the testing interval, the seeds have been topic to excessive circumstances, together with zero gravity and the vacuum of house.
The outcomes are actually being analysed towards the circumstances the seeds have been uncovered to, which is able to assist decide which deep house circumstances they may survive. This experiment is a part of the college’s ongoing analysis into rising crops in house. The objective of the trial is to make sure entry to contemporary produce for astronauts on long-term missions, in addition to offering clear water captured from the transpiration course of, offering oxygen and eradicating carbon dioxide.
“We’re all the time searching for new methods to innovate our single malt manufacturing and by partnering with the College of Guelph on their trailblazing house experiment,” stated Jayne Murphy, Advertising and marketing Director for The Glenlivet, in a ready assertion, “we had the chance to do precisely that. We’re excited to see how the seeds will carry out as they’re planted, harvested, malted and distilled into one in all our iconic single malts.
“We hope it’ll produce a brand new, extra-terrestrial expression with an exquisite style.”
“Traditionally when people have found new land,” added College of Environmental Sciences professor and Managed Atmosphere Programs Analysis Facility director, Dr. Mike Dixon, “they’ve produced alcohol, together with whisky. As a whisky fanatic, I need to maintain this custom going as we proceed to discover the potential of life on different planets.
“We look ahead to working with The Glenlivet and following the journey of the barley seeds again on Earth.”
As a part of the general current marking of the return of the seeds to Earth, the distillery put up an indication at its Speyside location welcoming guests to to ‘Area’-side.