Mystic Galactic Bourbon Details Upcoming ‘Mission’ -

Mystic Galactic Bourbon Details Upcoming ‘Mission’

Mystic Galactic Bourbon, which will soon be the first bourbon aged in outer space,  has announced the selection of an orbiter vendor.

A statement from the Mystic Galactic explained that this bourbon release is limited to 1,500 bottles, with the first 1,000 entering pre-sale last week for $75,000 per bottle.

The bourbon will age at least four years, the first three years on Earth, the final year in orbit around Earth.

Mystic Galactic Bourbon

Mystic Galactic Bourbon, which will soon be the first bourbon aged in outer space,  has announced the selection of an orbiter vendor. (image via Mystic Farm)

Each of their 750ml bottles will be packed in an aluminum flight case, and will include a 50ml sample as well as a piece of one of the barrels from orbit.

“While there are several companies in the sector who were willing to provide us with launch services, we are excited to announce that we are beginning the contracting process with TEC, whose Nyx orbiter has the ideal payload capability for our mission,” said Mystic Founder Jonathan Blitz.

He said they were most impressed with TEC’s ability to accommodate 10 full 53-gallon barrels, and they were also willing to provide exclusive use of their orbiter for the full year needed for the orbital aging process.

Blitz explained that the oak barrels themselves will be modified for space travel. The carbon-steel hoops, which are prone to rusting, will be replaced with titanium, and the interior of the barrels will be fitted with stainless-steel baffles to prevent sloshing.

“We were pretty surprised when we realized that normal angel’s share losses could leave enough room in the barrels to create a dangerous level of sloshing and instability upon re-entry,” Blitz added. “If a spacecraft starts moving around unpredictably, you could experience a total mission failure.”

Mystic partnered with West Virginia Great Barrel Company, the original manufacturers of the barrels, to do the upgrades required for the mission.

“It’s just incredible to see barrel making, one of the oldest technologies in the world, creating a state-of-the-art barrel fit for spaceflight,” Blitz said. “The combination of classic techniques like pot distillation and oak barrel aging with our most cutting-edge endeavors in the exploration and habitation of space is just one amazing aspect of this project.”

Blitz said that a television project is also in the works, profiling the team and the process as Mystic conducts all of the tasks required before launch. Without any further details, he said, “We’re talking with several production companies now, but we want to make sure that the show focuses on the bourbon and the space flight, and not turn this into a circus-type reality show.”

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