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Intelligens

Volume 70 cl / Alc 46,1 % / Mackmyra Bruk /

This is the first time that AI has been used to augment and automate the most timeconsuming process of whisky creation. The distillery’s machine learning models, powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and AI cognitive services developed by Fourkind, are fed with Mackmyra’s existing recipes (including those for award-winning blends), sales data, and customer preferences.
With this dataset the AI can generate more than 70 million recipes that it predicts will be popular and of the highest quality. The result is Intelligens, an elegant Swedish single malt whisky with golden yellow color. A fruity whisky with notes of toffee, creamy vanilla, pear, apples, white peppar and a light tone of toasted oak casks.
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Tasting notes

Nose

Toffee and creamy vanilla, fine oloroso tones and fruit with citrus, pear & apples. Herbal notes of aniseed, ginger and white peppar and a light tone of toasted oak casks.

Taste

Vanilla with fine oak notes, fruits with citrus & pear, herbal spices with slight tobacco leaves and a very small hint of smoke.

Aftertaste

Fruity and oaky, slightly salty and with a dryish end.

The story

Together with Fourkind, a Finnish technology consultancy that specializes in strategic spearhead projects with expertise in artificial intelligence, and Microsoft we are now creating the world’s first whisky developed with artificial intelligence (AI). This is the first time that a complex consumer product recipe has been created with machine learning. 
The possibilities for different whiskies are endless – Master Blenders, who are responsible for the whisky flavour and recipe development, can spend their whole lives tasting and experimenting to create the best flavours possible. 

ANGELA D’ORAZIO – MASTER BLENDER, MACKMYRA:

“We always strive to challenge the traditions in the very traditional whisky trade and that’s something we really do now when we develop a whisky with the help of AI. We see AI as a part of our digital development, it is really exciting to let AI be a complement to the craft of producing a high-quality whisky. For me as a Master Blender it is a great achievement to be able to say that I’m now also a mentor for the first ever created AI whisky in the world” says Angela D’Orazio, Mackmyra.

MICROSOFT SAYS:

“This AI-generation can have an impact in different industries globally. I envision AI systems generating recipes for sweets, perfumes, beverages, and maybe even sneaker designs. Many of these have already been attempted, but large-scale adoption is still lagging behind. We are showing the way forward, and these new AI solutions can be used to generate products that retain the spirit, look and feel of the brands behind them, while at the same time being new and unique.”
Utilizing AI is not only faster than a person carrying out the process manually, but thanks to the algorithm’s ability to sift through and calculate a vast amount of data, new and innovative combinations that would otherwise never have been considered can be found. However, the AI solution is not designed to replace a Master Blender. The idea is for the whisky to be generated by AI and still be curated by a person.

Jarno Kartela – Machine Learning Partner,  Fourkind:

“Algorithms don’t have senses so we need another take on how to understand something so complex as whisky. Although lacking human expertise, we can teach machines to understand what elements previous recipes and products are made of and how they are perceived and ranked by customers and experts. With this as a raw data asset, we can leverage a combination of explorative algorithms to generate endless new recipes and products and then use a set of discriminative algorithms to understand which of them might be great, repeating until better recipes are not found. This requires a lot from the computation side, as we need millions of iterations while keeping track of what worked and what did not before reaching a solid guess of a good new whisky.”

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MICROSOFT

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

FOURKIND

Fourkind is a consulting agency mixing management consulting and the implementation capabilities of creative technology companies. Fourkind currently has teams in Helsinki and Amsterdam, and multiple high-profile clients at both sites.
Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It’s the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favourite tools and frameworks.

CONTACT

Susanne Tedsjö, Sales Manager, Mackmyra
+46 70 841 9224 / susanne@mackmyra.se
Jarno Kartela, Principal Machine Learning Partner, Fourkind
+358 40 769 3113 / jarno.kartela@fourkind.com
Anne Alarotu, Communications Lead, Microsoft Finland
+358 50 487 1308 / anne.alarotu@microsoft.com