Can’t tell one whisky from another? Get a bionic tongue

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Can’t tell one whisky from another? Get a bionic tongue

The technology can identify a host of different chemicals within a complex mixture, and pick out fakes

AFP Relaxnews

Scientists have come up with an artificial “tongue” that can distinguish subtle differences between whiskies.

Experts at the University of Glasgow have built the miniature taster which can even tell the difference between the same brand aged in different barrels, with more than 99% accuracy. It can also distinguish between whiskies aged 12, 15 and 18 years.

The technology can identify a host of different chemicals within a complex mixture. It could be used not only for quality control but also to combat the booming counterfeit alcohol trade: the method found several hugely expensive bottles of whisky to be fake...

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