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Watashi Gin by the Cambridge Distillery

Only six bottles of this mega-priced gin were made by Will Lowe from the Cambridge Distillery after he found a way to capture the ‘angel’s share’ – the minuscule amount lost to evaporation during distilling – of his premium Japanese Gin.

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He collected just 15 millilitres of the evaporated gin from each distillation, around one percent of the entire batch, until he had enough to fill six decanters. According to Will, the resulting gin is like nothing else on the market and is comparable to the finest single malt whiskies in its intensity and complexity.

 

Veuve Clicquot Ages Bottles in the Baltic Sea

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In 2014, Veuve Clicquot lowered hundreds of bottles of champagne deep into the Baltic Sea in an ageing experiment that also commemorates the discovery of shipwrecked bottles in the same area. Three hundred regular bottles and 50 magnums of bubbly encaged in a specially built, underwater cellar, dubbed the Aland Vault after the Aland shipwreck off the coast of Finland, will remain buried for 50 years. The deliberately submerged Veuve Clicquot bottles currently lie 40m below the surface, where they’ll be monitored by cellar masters and occasionally retrieved for tastings.

 

Nail Brewing Antartic Nail Ale

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Concocted by Nail Brewing in Perth, Australia, this beer was brewed using pure Antarctic ice. The ice was harvested from Antarctica, melted in Tasmania, and flown to Perth for brewing. At 10% ABV, only 30 bottles were made and each carried a hefty US$1,800 price tag.

Scottish Sake by Arran Brewery 

Scotland is known for its whiskey and Japan is known for its sake. But what if we told you that you could soon buy yourself a bottle of “Scotch Sake”?

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The Arran Brewery in Scotland has acquired a five-acre site in Dreghorn for Scotland’s first Sake Brewery. The site will house, subject to the appropriate planning consents, Scotland’s first Sake Brewery as well as a state of the art brewing and distilling research and teaching centre.

 

Ardbeg In Space

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Ardbeg launched its first whisky experiment into space in 2011 – in the shape of vials of Ardbeg-crafted molecules – where it orbited the planet on the International Space Station at 17,227 miles per hour, 15 times a day. The experiment came safely back down to Earth in Kazakhstan, Central Asia on September 12, 2014, together with a precious vial. A team spent months unlocking the mysteries of maturation, through the study of the interaction between Ardbeg-crafted molecules and charred oak, both in microgravity and normal gravity.

Sapporo’s Space Barley

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In 2006, Japanese and Russian scientists tested how well barley could grow in space. They rocketed barley seeds to the International Space Station and planted them aboard the Zvezda Service Module. After spending five months in orbit, the fourth-generation of barley was brought back to earth, where Japanese brewer Sapporo fermented it into the world’s first space beer.

 

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by Ira Vaso