This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on an AI designed whiskey by Microsoft and Grace O’Malley Irish whiskey launched at Howth Castle.

So let’s see what’s happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.


Irish Whiskey News - May 18 - 2019 - Microsoft AI

Microsoft AI creates its own single malt whisky

Microsoft has partnered with AI company FourKind and Mackmyra Whisky to craft the world’s first AI-created single malt whisky. The golden-yellow whisky is described as “fruity and oaky, slightly salty, and with a dryish end”. Based in Sweden, Mackmyra’s distillery is powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, which generates its own blends and flavour profiles based on Mackmyra data.

According to Microsoft, this includes “existing recipes… sales data, and customer preferences,” which can be used to create over 70 million high-quality whisky recipes that might be “popular”. In the words of Mackmyra’s Master Blender, Angela D’Orazio, “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”.


Irish Whiskey News - May 18 - 2019 - Grace o'Malley

Grace O’Malley launch pays tribute to the pirate queen’s legacy

The spirit of Irish pirate queen Granuaile was alive and well at the launch of Grace O’Malley whiskey at Howth Castle. The famed pirate is believed to have kidnapped the Earl of Howth’s grandson from the castle making it the perfect spot to launch the brand’s initial ‘captain’s range.’

Guests were welcomed on arrival by Stefan Hansen, Hendrick Melle and Stephen Cope from the brand and invited to trial a selection of cocktails. They were also invited to sample the rare Grace O’ Malley 18-year-old single malt from the brand’s connoisseur collection. Renowned master blender Paul Caris flew into Dublin to preside over the tasting. The menu for the night paid tribute to the Wild Atlantic Way serving up Connemara lamb and Dingle crab cakes




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