Wednesday, October 9, 2013

POSTPONED: Scotch and rocket science at Soul

Update: Andy Maurer emailed that Ardbeg cancelled; they hope to make it -- with the rocket! -- Nov. 7.

Ardbeg, a Scottish distillery, will do a Scotch tasting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Soul, with an extra twist: The rep will bring a rocket, to celebrate the experiments Ardbeg has going in space.

Yes: The distillery, on Islay in Scotland, which has produced whiskey for more than 300 years, sent unmatured malt compounds and particles of charred oak to the International Space Station last October, in an unmanned cargo spacecraft, to see how the two will interact without gravity and, therefore, how new products might be developed. Eventually. The experiment is expected to last at least two years.

Above is Soul bar manager Andy Maurer, who created the place's "Eye for an Islay" cocktail using the Scotch, with Carriage House apple brandy and Mariletti vermouth ($15).

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