Ardbeg Galileo Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a limited edition single malt whisky launched by Ardbeg Distillery in commemoration of their first adventure into space. The single malt is a vatting, or blend, of different styles of Ardbeg whisky that were distilled in 1999, and aged in casks that were previously used to mature marsala wine and bourbon.
In the late autumn of 2011, a rocketship blasted off from Earth traveling at nearly 25,000 miles per hour. Within its cargo hold, the ship carried vials of Ardbeg-crafted molecular compounds, which are being used in a collaborative research experiment being conducted by Ardbeg Distillery and NanoRacks LLC, a Houston-based space research company.
The goal of the experiment is to test the effects of a zero-gravity environment on terpenes, a set of chemical compounds that are widespread in nature, as they mature in charred oak casks. Together, a team of scientists from NanoRacks is working closely with Ardbeg distillers to monitor the terpenes as they mature on the International Space Station, and as control samples mature in Warehouse 3 at Ardbeg Distillery in Islay, Scotland.
After maturing for just over twelve years, the casks were blended together in order to create Ardbeg Galileo. Ardbeg Galileo has a slightly fruity aroma, with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Subtle touches of lemons and dried fruits compliment bolder notes of peat smoke, and a rich, chewy texture. The finish is long and luxurious, and ends with a hint of espresso.
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