Ailsa Bay Sample

3cl / 48.9%
  • Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Ailsa Bay Sample
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A peated whisky from Lowland distillery Ailsa Bay, at 21ppm. Rich, sweet and earthy with notes of liquorice and tarry smoke.
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Product name

Ailsa Bay



  • 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).

18 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    11 August

    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

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

  • 5
    14 May

    loved this, was perfect for me

  • 5
    18 February

    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