Chernobyl and Whisky
Do you remember the accident at the Soviet nuclear power station of Chernobyl in 1986?
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).]