Experts at the University of Glasgow have built the miniature taster-artificial "tongue" which can even tell the difference between the same brand aged in different barrels, with more than 99 percent accuracy. It can also distinguish between whiskies aged 12, 15 and 18 years.
This 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.
In addition to its obvious potential for use in identifying counterfeit alcohols, it could also be used in food safety testing, quality control, security â€” really any area where a portable, reusable method of tasting would be useful.
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