Ailsa Bay launches blockchain whisky bottle – only for duty-free

Ailsa Bay launches blockchain whisky bottle – only for duty-free

William Grant & Sons has launched a new bottle for its Ailsa Bay Scotch brand that features blockchain technology, allowing shoppers to digitally track the whisky’s production journey.

To create the new travel retail-exclusive whisky, Ailsa Bay partnered with specialist blockchain technology company arc-net.

Ailsa Bay has launched what it claims is the world’s first blockchain whisky as it seeks to transform the spirt through technology, precision distilling and data driven methods. Blockchain technology company arc-net has allowed Ailsa Bay customers to track their whisky from source to store; ensuring authenticity and traceability.

For Ailsa Bay, blockchain 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.

The concept of using blockchain for whisky emerged from William Grant & Sons’ inaugural ‘Hackadram’ event last year, in which start-ups and innovation specialists were invited to use their expertise to shape the future of the company’s spirits.

Dominic Parfitt, Head of E-Commerce at William Grant & Sons, said: “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.”

Ailsa Bay’s blockchain whisky carries an RRP of £50 (US$66) per 700ml bottling and is available now in global travel retail and duty-free outlets.

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