Ardbeg Distillery sent a vial of unmatured malt whiskey to the International Space Station back in 2011 which returned to Earth last year. The distillery has released the results of its tests which show a significant difference in taste for the space sample.

Ardbeg compared the space sample to the contents of a vial kept on Earth as a control sample. The control sample smelled and tasted as one would expect but the the space sample was described this way:

Its intense aroma had hints of antiseptic smoke, rubber and smoked fish, along with a curious, perfumed note, like violet or cassis, and powerful woody tones, leading to a meaty aroma.

The taste was very focused, with smoked fruits such as prunes, raisins, sugared plums and cherries, earthy peat smoke, peppermint, aniseed, cinnamon and smoked bacon or hickory-smoked ham. The aftertaste is intense and long, with hints of wood, antiseptic lozenges and rubbery smoke.

While antiseptic and rubbery aren’t the most appetizing of descriptions I suspect there could still be a market for space whiskey.

UPDATE: Here is a PDF from the distillery explaining the experiment.

via BBC