Boozehacking: Make Cheap Whisky Taste Like Fancy Whisky

on 24/01/12 at 1:52 pm

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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]

A Brief Overview of the TerrePURE® Process from Daniel Hewlette on Vimeo.

SOURCE: Gizmodo

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