Ailsa Bay

70cl / 48.9%
  • Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Ailsa Bay
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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.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Country
Scotland
Region
Lowland
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • 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).

15 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    5 days ago

    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

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

  • 2
    1 January

    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.

  • 4
    29 February 2016

    I'm no expert but I must say that this tastes very similar to the Kilchoman Loch Gorm. Nice and sweet with bitter peat.

  • 5
    23 February 2016

    Seems nice and intresting

  • 4
    22 February 2016

    Good