Circumstance Distillery creates 'world's first gin using AI'

Lucy Britner

Lucy Britner

13 November 2019

Bristol’s Circumstance Distillery has created what it claims is the world’s first gin to be made using artificial intelligence.

The gin, called Monker’s Garkel, was created by a programme trained to analyse thousands of botanicals, understand gin recipes and learn a database of around 500 gin names.

The programme, dubbed ‘Ginette’, was created by a collaboration between technology scientists Tiny Giant and Rewrite Digital.

‘Ginette went through a process of creating a huge catalogue of brand names, designs and botanical recipes before deciding on ‘Monker’s Garkel’ a fragranced gin, according to Ginette,' the distillery said.

Monker's Garkel botanicals include juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, raspberry leaf, gooseberry, prune, clementine zest, orange zest and marigold.

The first batch will be a limited edition of 1,000 bottles.

‘AI and machine learning are exciting new tools,’ says Liam Hirt, co-founder of Circumstance Distillery. ‘We do a lot of contract distilling and wanted to know if these tools could make a meaningful contribution to new product development.

‘At present they are not a substitute for the skill of the distiller, but we have clearly shown that they can make a valuable contribution to all aspects of the development process, from the recipe to the naming and labelling.’

40% abv, RRP £42/50cl, masterofmalt.com

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