Ailsa Bay
Product Description

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.

Ailsa Bay

  • Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 48.9%

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  • Eco-friendly packaging

    Our boxes are made of 100% recyclable cardboard and our protective honeycomb paper wrap keeps your package safe and significantly reduces our need for plastic.

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    We deliver to countries all over the world! You can also select express delivery, or pick a specific delivery date, at checkout.

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Tasting Notes

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).

Customer Reviews

4.5 (25 Reviews)

  • 5

    Charlie Ross,

    Excellent dram, very pleasant and easy on the palate with just a touch of water. Hint of sweetness and definite peaty smoke, keep up the good work.

  • 4


    Une pépite découverte au Whisky live

  • 5


    Awesome whisky

  • 5

    Dave G,

    One of my favourites.

  • 5


    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.