Make Cheap Whisky Taste Like Fancy Whisky

Make Cheap Whisky Taste Like Fancy Whisky

You like whisky. You looooove good whisky. You can’t afford to drop hundreds of dollars on high-end bottle. You stick with rotgut, right? Nope. There’s a new process of hyper-aging booze that apparently turns run-of-the-mill whisky into dark and delicious firewater of the gods.

The process is called TerrePure, and it was dreamt up by a retired chemist named Orville Tyler. It involves pumping the whisky through oxygenated chambers, which “[subject it] to high-intensity ultrasonic energy”, which in turn trigger esterification, the process that creates flavour-imparting lactones in whiskey as it’s dehydrated.

According to someone who’s tasted a processed sample, the resulting whisky is a good bit less harsh, and the flavour is easier to take in. It’s a cool bit of boozehacking, but it’ll have to be pretty amazing to justify shipping off all your whiskey to South Carolina. [Terressentia via Popular Science]