As whisky becomes more of a luxury investment, worries about authenticity will arise. But a tech company claims it has developed a quick and portable way to tell you if your tipple is genuine.
And it does it by taste. Kind of.
Eluceda is a U.K.-based tech firm that specializes in “lab-in-your-hand” devices to identify different materials and substances. Their new rapid authenticity test for whisky comes in the form of a handheld machine, called the E-Sens, that uses customized electrodes with specific catalysts, which react with the “unique groups of molecules” in whisky to produce a digital fingerprint in minutes. Those readings are then analyzed using algorithms and compared against a database of whisky samples.
Basically, it’s matching an electrochemical “taste” against a confirmed database of samples, which were provided by the Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI).
In a press release, Eluceda claims they’ve been able to “identify genuine whiskies from those that have been diluted with water, ethanol or other whiskies as well as from counterfeits.”
These E-Sens handheld detectors were already showcased at this month’s Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference. If more partners come on board, the devices could help could cut into the €1.3 billion (or U.S. $1.5 billion) of lost revenue every year in Europe that’s attributed to counterfeit spirits and wine. A 2018 report suggested that up to a third of rare whisky might be fake; multiple different methods have been attempted to identify fake or tampered bottles (and that includes methods involving lasers, artificial tongues and blockchain).
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