Mackmyra Intelligens AI:01

Mellow, Sweet Fruity
2022-05-06
Mackmyra Intelligens AI:01 is a single malt whisky from Sweden whose recipe was created with the help of artificial intelligence. Since both of us (Marcel & Sascha) come from a computer science background, we are more than excited to see what awaits us here.
Mackmyra Intelligens AI:01
Mackmyra Intelligens AI:01 (Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)

See

Combine customer preferences with sales data and existing recipes, throw a bit of statistics into the pot and then run the learning model on a Microsoft cloud and you magically get a whisky of the highest order. At least that's the idea.

Smell

Orange and apricot come to us with a slightly tangy scent. Surrounded by citrus fruits, we have light oak barrel notes, a hint of vanilla and, with a little imagination, a nuance of aniseed and ginger. There is also some indefinable herbal stuff.

Taste

In contrast to the nose, we have a surprising amount of oak here. Especially the bitterness of the tannins is very present. Nevertheless, the composition is soft and sweet enough (pear, caramel) so that it remains interesting. We think we perceive a little beech smoke, but we are not quite sure. It could also be a toasted oak barrel. By the way, the herbal stuff is there again, which we still don't know what it is supposed to be.

Finish

The herbal stuff remains. Otherwise slightly dry with citrus and malt. A little bitter and sharp at the same time. Slightly sweet again towards the end.

Conclusion

It was a pity. The result is not quite as elegant and miles away from world-class whisky.
The AI is said to have generated more than 70 million recipes and "predicted" some to be of the highest quality and presumably popular with the end customer.
Story good and interesting, whisky so-so. Nevertheless, we will also take a look at the recently published AI:02. AI learning models learn, after all, and perhaps some optimisations have been made to both the calculation method and the input.
We are also pleased that some experiments are being made in the very traditional world of whisky production.

68/100 - Good

Value for Money: Satisfying

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