Ailsa Bay / Ailsa Bay

Ailsa Bay Review

Ailsa bay The first official release from Ailsa Bay which has been designed to produce many different styles of whisky for a lowland distillery. Much more scientific than magical like many malt distilleries.

This first release is a peated style which is very unusual for lowland drams and with it being an obviously youngish dram this could be very interesting.

I'm still a bit up and down with this, I think it's certainly got quite a lot of potential but it's not yet, for me anyway, as good a product as I would have wanted.

I think much of that comes from me wanting a proper lowland style "lady" to take over the reigns from Rosebank as my favourite lowland dram.

I'm hoping the next release is much more like the lowland style and away from this peated style.

Tasting Notes & Details


Quite light gentle peat smoke coming through its not too heavy and is quite earthy and grassy in nature, maybe some heathery notes, then it's youthful whisky, or popcorn as I smell it, creamy butteriness and light Jamaica sponge notes with some custard creams creeping in.


Some nice and interesting notes in here very creamy on the tongue then young popcorn and vanilla with a splash of ashy smoke and gentle earthy floral smoke, interesting stuff with a lot of vanilla and a touch of spice


Sweet smoke and bbq notes quite light though

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Ailsa Bay
Age: NAS
ABV: 48.90
Distiller: Ailsa Bay
Bottler: Ailsa Bay
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Lowland
Posted: 01/04/2016 by Tom

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