Japanese firm to mature whisky in space

Seiichi Koshimizu (L), chief blender of Japanese drinks giant Suntory, tastes a 50-year-old single malt whisky as then vice president Shingo Torii (R) displays its bottle at a Tokyo hotel on May 11, 2005Japanese whisky will be sent into space next month to test how time in a zero-gravity environment affects its flavour, one of the country’s biggest drinks makers said Friday. Samples of whisky produced by Suntory will be stored in the Japanese laboratory facility of the International Space Station for at least a year, with some flasks staying longer. Suntory will send whisky aged for 10, 18 and 21 years as well as a number of other alcoholic substances.

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