Ailsa Bay’s use of blockchain captures the full distilling and manufacturing process, allowing customers to track their whisky from source to store; ensuring authenticity and traceability.
Blockchain is a list of registers, or ‘blocks’ which contain information about the previous block and transaction data between them. It acts as an ‘open’ ledger, and this ledger is managed publicly rather than controlled by one party, meaning stored information can’t be changed or tampered, to track authenticity.
For Ailsa Bay, blockchain whisky data is collected from parent company William Grant & Sons’ existing data sources, including cask types, filling dates and bottling dates are all tracked.
Consumers can trace the origins of their whisky via an innovative web experience, which is individually tailored to each bottle. By scanning a QR code, users are presented with a visual history of their whisky, produced using digitally created art generated by blockchain data unique to the drink’s journey.
Blockchain technology also allows Ailsa Bay to gather data from existing and potential customers, using mobile location services to correlate where the whisky is being purchased and consumed to maintain brand protection.
James Macrae, Brand Ambassador for Ailsa Bay, said: “Innovation is a key part of the William Grant & Sons business. We’re constantly looking to evolve our offering and learn new things in order to push the boundaries within the drinks industry. We’re doing something now that we hope will set the bar for the future experience of spirits, and we look forward to seeing how other brands follow suit as innovation within the industry continues to develop in the next few years.”
The concept of using blockchain for whisky emerged from William Grant & Sons’ inaugural ‘Hackadram’ event last year, in which startups and innovation specialists were invited to use their expertise to shape the future of the company’s spirits.
Ailsa Bay’s 700ml blockchain whisky (RRP $95) is available nationally.