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Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry, Gas Chromatography, Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Coming of Age

Remember Bryan Davis, the art teacher-turned-chemist who claims to have “hacked” the spirit-aging industry? ( Davis continues to stir up strong reactions: his peated malt “aged” in just six days has been awarded 94 points and a coveted “Liquid Gold” designation in the 2018 edition of Jim Murray’s famous Whisky Bible, which puts it within the top five percent of whiskies catalogued.

“Abomination – Sayers of the Law” was aged in a reactor developed by Davis at the Lost Spirits distillery (dubbed the “Willy Wonka Booze Factory”). Analysis by direct injection mass spectrometry and GC-MS showed that the chemical fingerprints between the traditionally aged and “technology-aged” malts were identical.

“We didn’t set out to make well-aged spirits more accessible and affordable, by eliminating the time and cost of decades spent aging in a barrel, though our tech does that very well,” said Davis in a press release. “We created our technology because we wanted to find a better way to make the spirits we like to drink.” Cheers to that.

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