Whiskey Made from Urine of Type-two Diabetics

Whiskey connoisseurs, listen up, because this is a whiskey you probably haven't heard of yet: Wired reports that designer, researcher and type-one diabetic James Gilpin has created a whiskey made from urine.

What made Gilpin decide to try this? Being a diabetic himself, he was fairly familiar with the condition and the resulting effect on the body. Large amounts of sugar are excreted by type-two diabetic patients on a daily basis, and this is especially true of elderly patients, so Gilpin decided that letting all that sugar go to waste was just, well, wasteful.

"Large amounts of sugar are excreted on a daily basis by type-two diabetic patients especially amongst the upper end of our aging population. Is it plausible to suggest that we start utilizing our water purification systems in order to harvest the biological resources that our elderly already process in abundance?" Gilpin asks on the Design Interactions 2010 graduates website.

Wired UK reports that the urine was acquired from a group of volunteers, including Gilpin's own grandmother, and then purified the same way mains water is purified.


If you want to try some of the whiskey, you best get yourself to London, as it's not going to be sold in the supermarket anytime soon. Gilpin Family Whiskey is more of an art project, and as such, will be on display at 100% Materials, a design and architecture show in September. There will also be tastings for the less squeamish of attendees.

Read more about Gilpin's project on Wired UK.

Jane McEntegart works in marketing communications at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than seven years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor and writing about everything from smartphones to tablets and games consoles.

  • dillyflump
    Gives a whole new meaning to getting pissed i suppose! XD
  • nforce4max
    Its rain!
  • omnimodis78
    Had to reread the title to be sure I got it the first time...what's wrong with the conventional way of making Whisky? Though, I guess it's hard to beat label with the "name and age of the contributor"!
  • Pailin
    oh come on now, that's just taking the piss!

  • doron
    Well call me crazy but I would definitely try this one!
  • arunloveshacking
    Hereafter people are going to say " DRINK PISS", instead of " EAT ****"....Oh, and im afraid he might just invent a side dish made from ****.. oops...
  • back_by_demand
    There are people I know who drink so much they probably pee neat whisky anyway
  • JMcEntegart
    doronWell call me crazy but I would definitely try this one!
    Me too!
  • RabidFace
    Grow up people :) Especially right when urine leaves the body,it's pure water, really (well, to an extent). Still need to go through a process for it to be H2O. You have to get over the fact it was made from piss.

    Would you want to ask a moonshiner where the water came from to make his moonshine? I think not. It could be from the dirtiest of rivers, creeks, or cricks nearby that probably have urine and feces from many different animals. But through the process, it becomes pure water.

    Some people can take knowing things like this and some people can't.

    Just like if I was to be served what looked like steak strips, but then was told it was rat, or some other rodent, I would keep eating :) as long as it tastes good.

    I think America has made a lot of people in to sissys with topics like this one, but guess it's only natural. I for one am a survivor, and if I had to, would fry or barbecue up a rat in an instant if it meant life and death. Not that I have had anything close to it though :) Though the thought of it doesn't bother me.
  • RabidFace
    And yes, sign me up for a taste test! :)