Scotland Invents Whiskey-Tasting Artificial Tongue

New Scientist

An artificial tongue can taste subtle differences between drams of whisky and could one day help tackle the counterfeit alcohol trade.

The technology is capable of picking up on the differences between the same brand aged in different barrels, with more than 99 per cent accuracy and can tell the difference between those aged for 12, 15 and 18 years.

“We call this an artificial tongue because it acts similarly to a human tongue – like us, it can’t identify the individual chemicals which make coffee taste different to apple juice but it can easily tell the difference between these complex chemical mixtures,” says Alasdair Clark at the University of Glasgow. More

12 Comments on Scotland Invents Whiskey-Tasting Artificial Tongue

  1. “What you’rre drrinkin’. It ain’t Scotch!”

    “Eye, lad. I be drrinkin’ Irish Whiskey! Put that in yourr bloody machine and smoke it!”

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  2. Humans can only do this for so long before they lose the ability to communicate effectively. There are plenty of volunteers, but none of them have staying power.

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  3. I can tell when I get counterfeit whiskey … about the time I start going blind

    … but, then again, I have to make sure …

    blessedly, sometimes it takes a while

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