Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business, said Huawei's own operating system for smartphones and laptops could be ready for use in China by fall this year.Technologyread more
After holding parliamentary elections over seven phases, India started counting the votes on Thursday — and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition...Electionsread more
Among the many ways Trump has shattered White House norms, his impulsive public communications rank among the most consequential. By inspiring investors or spooking them, his...Politicsread more
A federal judge in New York City on Wednesday said Deutsche Bank and Capital One can turn over financial documents related to President Donald Trump and his businesses in...Politicsread more
China accounted for 40% to 60% of the global increase in trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, emissions between 2014 and 2017, a study found.Scienceread more
CNEX, backed by Microsoft and Dell, filed new allegations in a Texas suit accusing China's Huawei and an executive of trade secrets theft.Technologyread more
With Amazon and Walmart facing regulatory hurdles in India, Reliance's Mukesh Ambani isTechnologyread more
Tech usage and addiction inspires a billion-dollar mindfulness industry. CNBC's Uptin Saiidi attempts three days without any digital gadgets.Technologyread more
Japan's Panasonic said on Thursday it has stopped shipments of certain components to Huawei Technologies to comply with U.S. restrictions on the Chinese company.Technologyread more
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Wednesday that a trip to Beijing to resume trade negotiations has not been scheduled yet, reducing hopes of a speedy resolution...Asia Marketsread more
Research analyst Adam Jonas, a long-time Tesla bull, said it's extremely unlikely that big tech firms like Apple or Amazon would buy it.Technologyread more
Bourbon is currently enjoying an incredible surge in popularity as millennials eschew boring old vodka for something with a little more character. And as the taste for whiskey grows, demand is outpacing supply — largely because it takes a considerable amount of time to make, with most bourbons aging in wooden barrels for years before they're bottled and sold.
But where there's a problem, there's inevitably a starry-eyed young startup figuring out how to monetize a solution. As CNET reports, a number of small new distilleries are "turning to new technologies and processes they hope will deliver the taste and finish people expect from quality bourbon, without the expense" — or the time investment.
A three-year-old company called Cleveland Whiskey is using pressurization (and some other top-secret, proprietary techniques) to make bourbon in less than a week: The newly made booze is placed into jars along with oxygen and wood, and the pressurized environment "forces the spirit to continually move in and out of the wood."
Meanwhile, another startup called Terressentia has its own "rapid-aging process" that can eliminate harsh flavors in spirits, mimicking the 'mellowing out' process that usually takes years.
Read more from Eater:
Sorry, there's only one legit kind of American barbecue
The unlikely relationship between sugar and growth spurts
The World's 50 Best List: Predictions, problems, and parameters for 2016
Of course, these suggestions that the bourbon-making process can be sped up have been met with plenty of opposition, with traditionalists worrying that such methods will lead to inferior products and, as a result, hurt the spirit's storied reputation.
Spirits writer and reviewer (and frequent Eater contributor) Jake Emen doesn't foresee the whiskey industry at large letting this new technology affect their bottom line, however: "Even if truly revolutionary rapid-aging systems reach the market, and become widespread, don't expect 'traditional' whiskey to go anywhere," he says.
"First, factor in the huge level of preexisting brand recognition and brand loyalty which exists. But perhaps even more importantly, consider the big brands have millions upon millions of barrels already aging, in warehouses they invested in building — in other words, massive amounts of assets to protect. That could come in the form of marketing oomph, sure, but it could also absolutely come from legal action. One likely scenario would be pushing for legislation which would require different labeling statements, so that a technologically-aged whiskey couldn't use the term 'whiskey' on the label, for instance."
Much like barrel-aging a fine whiskey, only time will tell how this one pans out.