A wee whisky

The creation designer James Gilpin, the biomedical tipple – named “Gilpin Family Whisky” – is created using the high-sugar urine produced by elderly diabetes patients, including Gilpin’s own grandmother.

Gilpin – who is himself diabetic – filters the urine using the same processes used to purify water, removing the sugars in the process, which are then used in the fermentation stages.

Sugar heavy urine excreted by diabetic patients is now being utilized
for the fermentation of high-end single malt whisky for export. The Whisky market is growing faster then any other alcoholic beverage worldwide. With a prevalent genetic weakness being exposed in the northern hemisphere leading to a sharp rise in type two diabetes, economists have found a new exportable commodity to exploit and are keento capitalize on this resource quickly.

Not surprisingly, Gilpin isn’t planning to market the pee whisky commercially – instead, it’s more of an art project. But if you really fancy sampling some of the stuff, Gilpin will be showing it off at the 100% materials design event in London in September – complete with tasting opportunities.

I can’t pissing wait.


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