Ailsa Bay

70cl / 48.9%
  • Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
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The inaugural release from Ailsa Bay – peated Lowland whisky. The distillery can produce a variety of different styles of spirit and for this first release Grant's have decided to go for smoke, creating a rare peated Lowland. It's got a rich and earthy backbone, with sweet liquorice and touches of tar.

Ailsa Bay is unusual in a number of respects. Not only does it display the PPM (Phenol Parts per Million) of the actual whisky on the bottle, but it also provides a figure for SPPM: Sweet Parts Per Million. The latter is a revolutionary method for measuring a whisky's sweetness, designed by master blender Brian Kinsman. Furthermore, Ailsa Bay is the only whisky to undergo 'micro maturation', whereby the new make spirit is first aged in small bourbon casks for six to nine months, in order to create rapid, intense maturation.

Distillery Bottling


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Earth Earth
  • Liquorice root Liquorice root
  • Tar Tar
  • Almond Almond
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Honey Honey

Ailsa Bay Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    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: The dark flavours don’t let up: plenty of smoky tar and liquorice.

    Comment: A fascinating whisky, this is an intriguing mix of the dark and the light.

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Nose: Intense, smoky phenolic note but balanced with creamy, honeyed sweetness. Then...smoky bacon!

    Palate: Zingy, peaty kick layered with beautiful sweetness. A meaty character too – crispy rasher with a hint of maple syrup.

    Finish: Huge – goes on forever. Again balance of smoke and sweet, savoury but candied spice notes – due to the Oak casks (vanilla) and Hudson (oily, syrupy, sweet).

23 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    31 May

    Awesome whisky

  • 5
    28 March

    One of my favourites.

  • 5
    10 January

    Young, vibrant, sweet with a hearty peaty taste. It’s an exceptional whisky, particularly for a lowland malt. The distillers have nailed this one, yes, it’s not complex or has an abundance of aftertaste, but this for me is what makes it special. It’s a proper dram, one for at a log fire on a winters night. It leaves you feeling warm and content. I’m glad it’s not aged anymore than it is, as the crispness of it is one of its abiding features. It’s by far the best lowland ever made in my opinion and it’s certainly rivals Islays best.

  • 5
    10 January

    One of the best whiskies my other half has tried, the sweetness finished with the smokey taste leaves a pleasant taste on the palate for being young, highly recommended

  • 3
    1 November 2018

    I'm surprised at the positive reviews for this whisky. I wasn't particularly impressed by it at all when I tried it recently. It's smoky and a little sweet. And not a lot else. Most obviously it tasted young, too young. Fair enough if you're selling it at ?30 a bottle. But at ?50 it's in the same price range as some serious scotches. Including quite a few very good smoky ones if that's your thing that offer more complexity than this for your money. What's to like? Its NCF, natural colour, bottled at a decent strength. All to be commended. If they gave it a few more years in the cask and gave it an age statement say 8-10 years old, it might be a very interesting whisky.

  • 5
    11 August 2018

    Having read the previous reviews I understand the Kilchoman comments but for me this malt was in a different class. Outstanding compared to other similar whiskeys. If the aged malts live up to this then they will be deservedly high end products.

  • 3
    10 August 2018

    A lovely little Lowlander, although peated. And maybe a wee bit to young.

  • 5
    14 May 2018

    loved this, was perfect for me

  • 5
    18 February 2018

    WOW! I come from bourbon. Slowly making my way in to the malts. I’ve just got this, drinking this as I type. THIS is exceptional! This has shot right up in to my favourite whiskies, for the age I can’t see anything close to this. Smooth even at 48.8%,Ashy smoke not aggressive. It’s the main note over the top of honey/syrup. Undeniably meaty and a lovely finish. This will always be in my collection now.

  • 5
    27 January 2018

    Great Whisky (for his age). Fast delivery. Everything is perfect. ??

  • 2
    1 January 2018

    Not for me. I think this has been released too early - could do with a few more years to let it improve. A splash of water made it a bit more easy to drink - think this one will last a long while in my collections as i have little desire to taste it again.

  • 5
    11 December 2017

    Excellent complex with a long finish Smoke and peat with almond and honey A joy to savour More smooth flavours come through with a dash of water

  • 5
    10 July 2017

    A most unusual dram. It certainaly did not disappoint. Peaty, smokey and rich which left a lovely aftertaste on the palate.

  • 5
    20 May 2017

    I got given this bottle from a supplier and it is a truly amazing whisky. I love smokey whisky like Ardbeg, this doesn't hit you with the smoke so much but has the right amount combined with its sweetness. Well worth getting a bottle or two!

  • 5
    23 February 2017

    I'm new to whisky but having tried a wide range of single malts I have discovered that I'm a huge Islay fan. As stated this is nothing like any other lowland whisky, and I would liken it to an Islay. My absolute favourite so far, bottle is nearly gone after 3 weeks. Smoky, peaty medicine balanced perfectly with a superb sweetness! Love it!

  • 3
    19 January 2017

    Ordered this a few weeks ago. Remarkably similar to Kilchoman range, heavy earth and bonfire combined with some sweet notes. Taste gives away not yet matured spirit, but longer maturation in good-quality casks could transform it into a nice peated dram.

  • 5
    16 December 2016

    As a fan of anything from Islay I was attracted by the description "peaty and phenolic". Could anything from the mainland possibly stand comparison I wondered . Well yes now it can . Already good enough as it is, after ten years in the cask I'll happily part with three figures for the more mellow expression when that day comes.

  • 3
    5 October 2016

    You can tell it is a young whiskey as the 'sweet peat' batter your taste buds like an over excited pup, without much substance in between. However, it grows, and it's easy-ish to drink. I'd bet that if you left this in the cask for 20 years you'd have a really good dram.

  • 5
    29 May 2016

    I fell in love with this whisky. It felt like drinking smoked candy. Rich in flavor but still smooth as silk. It seemed so balanced - I really couldn't find anything in it that I wouldn't like.

  • 5
    8 March 2016

    Sweet, peaty & meaty. Yummie. I very much like this one.

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