Good whisky takes a while to make. It doesn't seem that complicated on the surface (grain, water, yeast, voilà) until you consider just how many different types of grains can affect the whisky's taste. It's why master blenders take months, if not years, messing with the ingredients in their mashbills--and that's all before they begin to age the distillate. Legally, whisky must sit in oak casks for at least three years. It's during that maturation process where the magic really happens, as the right kind of wood can completely transform the whisky's flavors, smell, and color.
Forget all those whiskey brands from musicians and celebs -- there's A.I. whiskey now. Microsoft this week announced it has teamed up with Finnish tech company Fourkind and Sweden-based distillery Mackmyra Whisky to create the "world's first whisky developed with artificial intelligence." Here's how it will work. As part of the distillation process, whiskey first spends time -- typically years -- sitting in charred wooden casks. This turns the clear liquor a darker color, and gives it a unique flavor.
Mackmyra's Intelligens is billed as the first whisky created using artificial intelligence. But have they tried using it to make whisky? We now know that they have, although drinkers in the U.S. will have to wait to judge how the AI experiment turned out. Source: How Microsoft got in on the creation of the world's first whisky formulated with AI
Unless you're either a) working in or around the industry or b) a passionate fan, I'll bet counterfeit whisky is not an issue you've paid much attention to – assuming you've even heard about it. An enormous fake whisky operation based in London specializing in creating phony "rare" releases was discovered earlier this year. Worse still, counterfeit Jack Daniels in Russia actually ended up killing more than 30 people – with the final number not known. A number of efforts are underway to combat the problem. In early summer, a company called Distilled Solutions unveiled a small machine that can scan a bottle to verify its authenticity.