Nerds cannot live on tech news alone. That's why, every so often, we'll be hosting a Very Special Episode of the Engadget Podcast where we touch upon the cultural and social impacts of the technology that matters most to you. Sometimes, that means we'll even be talking about booze. We are all onions, after all...
Hey, hey, hey! This Friday join your usual hosts, Ben, Joseph and Terrence as they sit down with Mikael Mossberg and Stephanie Moreno from Distiller, a whiskey recommendation engine. These five lovers of tech and booze will be talking about the Distiller app, the exploding craft whiskey scene and will be taste-testing three fine spirits. If you want to drink along at home, on the menu will be Springbank 10, a lightly peated single malt scotch from Campbeltown; Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye, a spicy 100 proof whiskey from Kentucky; and Hudson Single Malt, an American twist on a Scottish classic.
Mikael Mossberg is co-founder of Distiller. Mikael comes from an entertainment background, having worked in the music industry running digital campaigns for some of the largest artists in the world. In early 2011 he left the major label system to work with Brent Stiefel at Votiv where the two discussed his idea for a whiskey discovery system that would appeal to newcomers and connoisseurs in the booming worldwide whiskey marketplace. This idea turned into what we now know as Distiller, the worlds first whiskey recommendation engine.
Stephanie Moreno, Tasting Table
As spirits buyer of one of the most regarded spirits shops in Manhattan, ergo the country, Stephanie was afforded an opportunity most only dream of: to be paid to taste alcohol. Tasting products from bottom shelf vodka to 50 year old Single Malt Scotch, she has tasted it all. There are, however, those spirits that speak a bit louder to her and they are often of the brown persuasion. Her love for Scotch in particular was etched permanently on her heart while visiting and touring distilleries throughout Scotland. These are the spirits that truly drive her to drink. Photo: Stephanie getting barrel samples at the Bowmore Distillery in May of 2009.