Like those that have come before it, Ardbeg’s latest limited edition 12 Years Old Single Malt Whisky has already attained the icon status. Launched beginning September, Ardbeg’s Galileo named after the father of modern astronomy and as an homage to a "world first" space maturation experiment, is already a success.
Galileo, a vatting of different styles of Ardbeg laid down in 1999, is a combination of spirits that have been matured in ex-Marsala wine casks or in ex-Bourdon casks. Together they create a sweet smoky whiskey. The few thousand cases made available are being picked up briskly and the space experiment that it was named after is going strong.
Invited by US-based space research company NanoRacks LLC, Ardbeg has been taking part in an experiment to test micro organic compounds in a maturation experiment since 2011. Vials of Ardbeg were launched into space and are currently maturing on the International Space Station.
The experiment will help explain the nature of complex "terpenes" compounds and will provide Ardbeg with information on new chemical building blocks in its own flavor spectrum. A small step for mankind but a giant leap for Ardbeg aficionados!