Hurtigruten again makes alcohol experiment

MS Fram undertakes calvados test from pole to pole
The MS Fram expedition ship, operated by Norwegian cruise and ferry line Hurtigruten, is for the second year running experimenting to discover the effects that sea travel has on alcoholic drinks. It has loaded a barrel of calvados on its voyages from pole to pole, to see how the continuous rolling movements and sea air affect the taste.
Last year, two 150-litre barrels of American oak were filled with 25-year-old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky and anchored firmly on Deck 9 for the long journey around the globe. After bottling, the whisky was available to buy on the ship and is still offered during on-board whisky tasting sessions
This year, a barrel of 25-year-old calvados has been loaded onto the ship and has been crossing the world’s oceans and covering thousands of nautical miles from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle.
“We were delighted by the results of the whisky project last year, which saw a definite improvement in the quality of the single malt after it had been subject to the continuous rolling wave movements, temperature changes and sea air,” claims Arild Harvik, MS Fram’s captain.
“This year we decided to try something slightly different, so are transporting a cask of calvados to ascertain whether it is improved by sea travel to the same degree. Who knows what we will try next year – maybe aquavit?”
TTG Nordic