Microsoft, technology consultancy firm Fourkind and Swedish whisky distillery Mackmyra will form a partnership to create a new whisky.

The beverage will be one of the first consumer recipes to be created using artificial intelligence (AI).

Mackmyra Master Blender Angela D’Orazio said: “We always strive to challenge the traditions in the very traditional whisky trade and that’s something we really do now when we develop a whisky with the help of AI.

“We see AI as a part of our digital development, it is really exciting to let AI be a complement to the craft of producing a high-quality whisky. For me, as a Master Blender, it is a great achievement to be able to say that I’m now also a mentor for the first ever created AI whisky in the world.”

“It is really exciting to let AI be a complement to the craft of producing a high-quality whisky.”

Mackmyra’s machine learning models are powered by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform and AI cognitive services. They comprise existing recipes, sales data and customer preferences.

The AI will use this dataset to generate more than 70 million whiskey recipes that are predicted to be popular and of high quality.

Microsoft spokesperson said: “This AI-generation can have an impact in different industries globally. I envision AI systems generating recipes for sweets, perfumes, beverages, and maybe even sneaker designs.

“We are showing the way forward, and these new AI solutions can be used to generate products that retain the spirit, look and feel of the brands behind them, while at the same time being new and unique.”

Using AI is said to be faster than the manual process. The algorithm will sift through and calculate bulk data, creating new and innovative combinations that may not have been considered otherwise.

Mackmyra’s AI-generated whisky will be available this year.