Mackmyra Intelligens

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Number of bottles
46.1 % Vol.
700 ml
with NFC-Chip
Added on
29 Aug 2019 11:56 pm by holborndrinker

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€ 53.46

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87 × member ratings

249 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mackmyra Intelligens

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.76 points

  1. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    In September 2019, Intelligens is launched, the first whisky produced by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The whisky is made by the award-winning Swedish whisky distillery Mackmyra, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The AI ​​system is based on the Microsoft platform Azure and was developed in cooperation with the Finnish technology company Fourkind.

    Intelligens is the result of a collaboration between Mackmyra and Fourkind and is based on the Microsoft Azure platform. Mackmyra has submitted 75 whisky recipes that Destillery has partnered with the Mackmyra brand ambassadors over the years. The data has been supplemented with customer reviews, awards, ratings and the like. From this raw data, Fourkind developed an AI model that suggested new recipes.

    The Intelligens bottles are equipped with NFC chips from the Mackmyra partner company Thin Film Electronics. If you hold an NFC-compatible smartphone to the bottle, you will learn details about the whisky and its production.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Balanced, young, cereal. Small fruity sweetness. No incredible presence. Smooth and consensual. Lack of identity.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

    Whisky n ° 2169

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Artificial Intelligence

    Mackmyra used a computerprogram developed by the Finse technology giant Fourkind and fed it with 75 different whisky recipes as well as awards, reviews from consumers, ratings, feedback from ambassadors and so forth and so on. With that raw data Fourkind created a unique recipe that would lead to this malt. The label proudly mentions ‘Artificial Intelligence’ as Master Blender, ‘supervised by Angelo D’Orazio’ (the actual Master Blender at Mackmyra, obviously). In the cap of each of the 5.000 bottles a chip is embedded that can be scanned with NFC-technology and offers more information to the buyer.
    Fairly creamy and sweet nose on apples, pears and citrus, with some vanilla, aniseed and ginger, but mostly young oak. Green wood. A clear note of sherry. Swedish spring in your glass.
    Nice continuation on the palate, but with a rather sharp edge. The alcohol did not integrate 100% if you ask me. Hint of woodsmoke and tobacco leaves. Vanilla becomes big. Ginger rears its head. The oak returns as well.

    I experience a good balance between the sweet fruit and the drying oak in the finish, while a surprisingly little salty note appears at the death.

    Nice Mackmyra with an interesting story, sure. But taste-wise I find this not so exceptional. Maybe for the next batch they should put Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio to work in Gävle. Or just keep trusting those old traditions and craftmanship.

  4. Bomshanka scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    An interesting experiment from Mackmyra, letting an AI compose the profile of a whisky. First taste was mediocre, but having it from a bottle open for a few months the event was somewhat more exciting and the basis of this review.
    Recommended both for the curious origin and the nice experience.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Rather mild and forthcoming, pear and citrus, barley, honey, fresh hay. Light and uncomplicated.
    • Taste
      87 87
      First sweet heather honey and lemon juice, apricot and pear. Then midst emerging barley and yeast, an unmistakable anise almost into sweet licorice appears. Pretty clean and distinct flavour components. Very quaffable indeed.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Lingers on the yeast, barley and honey. Fairly short departure.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur


    From Mackmyra’s website: ‘The distillery’s machine learning models, powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and AI cognitive services developed by Fourkind, are fed with Mackmyra’s existing recipes (including those for award-winning blends), sales data, and customer preferences‘. The result is a recipe using a mixture of bourbon and oloroso casks at various sizes [200, 100 and 30 litre casks]. Credit to Richard for his passionate attempt to convey the ‘story’, though despite his efforts, this concoction remains reeking of marketing fad and flannel. Regardless, let’s judge the results through smell and taste.

    N: Winey, candied shampoo-chalky-dry herbal-y-medicinal murky perfumed,… Despite the engineering, the new make dna is still just about present, but where is this oddness/bizarreness coming from? Wine? Berries? Convinced it was [cloudberry?] wine casks providing the ‘funny business’, apparently, it’s the Swedish oak – 10% of the overall oak recipe – that gives out a unique bitterness.

    T: Experimental, contemporary,,, we’ve all sorts here [refer to the cask recipe again] – and rather Lakes-esque [distillery] in that respect. The profile speaks of an odd candied sweetness moving towards a thin bitter-ishness, and then again,… also candied fruity pine needle-y,…

    F: ,… becoming gacky/oily into a drying briney-ness, but the perfumed herbal and floral sweetness that settles is certainly more pleasing. Two hours later, it’s more waxy grassy.

    C: Overall, a confused/confusing curiosity. Also, a demonstration of how influential Swedish oak is.

  6. Swirrdal scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Sweet, floral, spicy, hot. Unusual but not bad. I am very curious how older Mackmyras will taste as soon as they are available.

  7. Majestoso scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Pear above all, apple, toffee, a light honey sweetness
    • Taste
      83 83
      Pear, apple, toffee, caramel, sweet pastries
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, warming, fruity

  8. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Fresh, playful, in places not quite harvested whisky, but quite curious nonetheless.
    • Nose
      Soft, with hints of vanilla, sweet and sour berries and caramel.
    • Taste
      Creamy vanilla, with berry acidity and a hint of grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Medium duration, soft, with hints of sea buckthorn, vanilla and apricot jam.

  9. cotardious scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    very interesting, spicy, a bit peated, well balanced

  10. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A certain youth is already there. In addition muesli with banana chips. Wine gum. Yoghurt fruit candies. Hedge trimming.
    In the mouth it is initially relatively sweet but a little less fruity. But more wood (rather fresh wood). Then the youth flashes again.

    You can drink it. But I don't necessarily have to have it again.


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