Malt of the Month: March 2018

We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:

The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Ailsa Bay
The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Ailsa Bay
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Ailsa Bay's inaugural whisky is a rare thing indeed: a peated Lowlander. Rich and earthy, with enticing smoky, honeyed notes, it came runner-up in our most recent Whisky of the Year blind tasting, and despite its young age delivers intense, vibrant flavours. The bottle displays the level of peatiness and sweetness on the label, too.


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Tasting Notes

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From The Whisky Exchange

  • Nose: Dark, serious notes of earth, tar, wet tarpaulin and liquorice combine deliciously with lighter aromas of roasted almonds and toasted oatmeal drenched in honey.
  • Palate: Sweet smoke and bonfire embers merge with liquorice, tarry rope and a refreshing hint of lemon, then soft notes of pear and oatmeal arrive. Youthful but characterful and punchy.
  • Finish: Long dry finish with a lingering oak spice.



    About Ailsa Bay

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    Ailsa Bay was built in 2007 at Girvan grain distillery, on the site of the former Ladyburn distillery, to produce single malt for William Grant's range of blends. With eight stills, it is capable of producing a range of styles, including fruity, heavily peated, and nutty, and the first Ailsa Bay arrived in 2016.