Ailsa Bay

  • Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 48.9%

4.5 (23 Reviews)

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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.

Tasting Notes (2)

Customer Reviews

Reviews (23)

Reviews

  • 5

    Anonymous,

    Awesome whisky

  • 5

    Dave G,

    One of my favourites.

  • 5

    Joe,

    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

    Brenda Fisher,

    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

    Dan W,

    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.

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