The Flaviar App – your IMDb for spirits!

Starting today, you’ll always know what drink to order in a bar or which bottle to buy. The Flaviar App is your go-to resource for Whisky and other fine spirits – your IMDb for spirits! With a database of 10,000 bottles it provides all essential information and ratings at a glance. But the real kicker is the ability to visualize flavours with the Flavour Spiral, a way to taste what’s inside the bottle, before you actually try it. The Flaviar App is available as a free download in the App Store.

Stop Guessing What’s Inside the Bottle

“We all hate that feeling of insecurity when looking at shelves full of bottles, trying to decide what to get. Prices, labels and bottle shapes can’t tell me if I’m going to like the drink or not.” says Flaviar co-founder Grisa Soba. “That’s why we made the Flaviar App – to give people the best insights possible on what to expect. It’s the closest to tasting a drink before actually tasting it!” For every drink, Flaviar serves up its rating and information about the distillery and production methods, tasting notes and its Flavour Spiral. As Soba puts it: “We want this App to be your IMDb for liquor!”

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The Flavour Spiral Lets You See Flavours in a Drink

The Flavour Spiral is Flaviar’s innovative way to visualize flavours that can be found in a drink – a fresh take on the traditional Nose-Taste-Finish approach that can come off a little flat. “After having worked for almost three years on finding the perfect way to visualise a drink’s flavours, their dynamics and gathering data, we are convinced that the Flavour Spiral is what drinkers of fine spirits have been missing,” says Soba.

Flaviar commissioned an artist to draw 252 flavour components for the Flavour Spiral. These art pieces are a great inspiration when looking for food pairings to go with a drink, too.

With the Flavour Spiral adding the visual component, you can now experience a drink with all your senses. “Seeing the Flavour Spiral is much more intuitive than just reading a written description. It also shows the balancing of flavours, so I find it meaningful and useful,” one user review states.

User tests of the Flaviar App also proved that with the Flavour Spiral it’s much easier to detect and recognize flavours in your drink, previously indiscernible. Great news for those that are just getting into spirits and mixology!

Build Your Home Bar – Virtual and Real

The Flaviar App lets you manage your personal collection of drinks in the My Bar section. Once you are ready to take your flavour explorations into the real world, you are only a few taps away. Although Flaviar is not a liquor store (at least not a typical one), you can submit an order for many bottles right through the App, or choose one of Flaviar’s curated Tasting Packs with samples of fine spirits. Either way, your home bar will become the best bar in town in no time.

payworks provides NFC payments on 50,000 Digitax cabs

payworks and The Payment House to provide NFC payments on up to 50,000 Digitax cabs across Europe

The Payment House, provider of eeZee Taxi, a mobile application suite for cab drivers and their passengers, has chosen payworks to launch an NFC payment solution to cabs in the UK, the Nordics and Central Europe. The solution will be rolled out by Digitax, the leading provider of taximeters and other taxi solutions equipping more than 50,000 taxis in total in Europe. The joint solution will support both contact and contactless payments via credit and debit card and will be tightly integrated with Digitax’ taxi products.

The initial UK launch of the joint solution took place with some of the London Black Cabs in the beginning of July and was closely followed by EastCoast Taxis in Newcastle two weeks later. The solution will be gradually expanded across the country from the beginning of August with Belgium following a week later. The fully integrated taxi solution for the Nordic taxi market (booking, dispatch, fleet management, payments & invoicing) will be rolled out later this year. In addition to EMV Chip & PIN acceptance in the cabs, The Payment House allows passengers to pay with a passenger app called eeZee Pay, removing the need of a credit card being present.

payworks runs a payment platform for developers, enabling providers of integrated POS applications to easily integrate payment terminals and Card Not Present payment functionality into their apps via the payworks mPOS software development kit (SDK). By relying on the payworks Software as a Service infrastructure, The Payment House is able to process transactions with local Acquirers, making it possible to rollout to different countries without the need to change the integration.

“We are very impressed with the flexibility of the payworks platform, which enabled us to get to our launch much quicker than we expected. The speed we gained since we started working with payworks will be instrumental for our future success”, says Staale Reiersen, Group CEO at The Payment House.

Christian Deger, co-founder and CEO of payworks adds: “We are seeing an increasing number of companies using the payworks platform to deliver solutions to the taxi vertical. It is exciting to see how The Payment House uses our technology to deliver an innovative payment solution to this space on a European scale.”