As a result of an experiment gone horribly wrong, reactor #4 exploded, releasing huge amounts of radioactive material in the following days and months which subsequently rained down on the whole of northern Europe.
Has anyone ever wondered if and how badly the barley used in making whisky was contaminated?
If so, would whisky made from that barley be radioactive?
And wouldn't the equipment (malting floor, kilns, malt mill, mash tun, washbacks, stills) be contaminated as well?
And what about the casks?
Or was that year's harvest simply replaced with barley from areas not affected by the accident (e.g. India)?
[This message has been edited by Ileach (edited 25 April 2002).]
[This message has been edited by Ize (edited 25 April 2002).]
It is not that I am scared of receiving a lethal dose of radioactivity from my dram (let's face it, the alcohol poses a much greater health hazard anyway).
I just wondered whether, say, the 16-year old Lagavulin currently on the shelves in a supermarket near you which was distilled in 1986 shows any traces of the accident.
[This message has been edited by Ileach (edited 29 April 2002).]
Rest assurred none of the animals developed three heads (just the two!)
If there was any issue to be concerned about the 5, 8, 10, 12 year old whisky drinkers would be suffering before the 16 year old drinkers!
Back to my 15 yr old Glendronach...a very pleasant way to spend a saturday evening....its not glowing in the dark!
[This message has been edited by yorkie (edited 28 April 2002).]
But there certainly was radiation in Scotland during the disater.
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