Blog: Olly WehringScotch. In. Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace.

Olly Wehring | 10 September 2015

You may have seen the release this week by Moet Hennessy of a white paper looking at the results of a vial of Ardbeg's two-and-a-half years aboard the International Space Station.

The experiment prompted this most entertaining mini-documentary.

It also prompted Scotch whisky producer Douglas Laing & Co to consider the best way to keep its MD going.

“Douglas Laing & Co today announces its intention to send its managing director, Fred Laing, into space,” the company said earlier today. “This extraordinary measure is a bid to halt the whisky blender’s maturation process, allowing him to hit back at those who opine that he should shortly retire.”

At 64, Fred is the second generation in the family-owned company.

“News of Scotch whisky being sent into Space to examine the effect of micro-gravity on maturation got me thinking,” he said. “Up to 60% of my body is composed of whisky and I’m approaching 65. No one need know my true age, and I can continue to do what I love within this wonderful industry…well, forever.”

The thoughts of the third generation, represented by Cara Laing, were not immediately available.

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