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Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke Whisky

(70cl, 48.9%)

Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke
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Ailsa Bay Sweet Smoke Bottling Note

Ailsa Bay's whisky has had a bit of a redesign from its first release - in both the bottle and the whisky itself! For release 1.2, the smoky single malt made on the same site as Girvan is now smokier than before, as well as sweeter than its previous iteration. It's a well balanced and intriguing expression from the Lowlands.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Earthy smoke with a hint of campfire ember, sugary shortbread and soft apricot.

Palate: Vanilla pod, toasted cinnamon, soft orange sweetness and waves of dried peat.

Finish: Subtly peppery on the finish, though a hint of green apple persists.

Reviews for Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke
Very Surprised
As someone who loves peaty whisky, especially Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, I was pleasantly surprised with Ailsa Bay. While it says "sweat smoke", I find it less sweet than Lagavulin, which I prefer. Considering it does not have an age statement, it has a good balance of complexity and peat, rounding off nicely. It also is cheaper than Lagavulin, without compromising much.
, United Kingdom
8 months ago
Decent for a young’n
Amazing on the nose but lacking on the palate—quite thin and not robust or with much character. I’d give the distillery another try though if/when they release an older version as there is clearly some potential.
, United Kingdom
one year ago
Easy release of flavours which are beyond masking by the obvious strength
This is an amazing whisky, I love the scientific background story as well. I am a malt loving Scot who lives in Berkeley, Gloucestershire where Dr Edward Jenner discovered vaccination which in our time will save the world from CoVid. and you can now rightly claim that Ailsa Bay is proudly drunk by the inhabitants of Berkeley Gloucestershire the home of vaccination.
For me, if you can find a way of adding a whiff of seaweed and we bit of perceived age you will have perfection, but right now its already great !
, United Kingdom
2 years ago
If you love the peaty big hitters from Islay, then this is for you.
A sweet Laphroaig is my non technical description of this very tasty whisky.
3 years ago
no 1 in the world
The best whisky I ever tasted. The original that is.
, Sweden
3 years ago
Nicely balanced; age statement range, please
This is the 2nd Ailsa Bay, I've tried, after the inaugural single malt, and I've liked both.

I think they've both been just slightly over-priced, but that's a product of exclusivity, rather than cynicism, I think

Looking forward to age statement releases.

, Spain
3 years ago
smoky, almonds
Profound smokiness on the palette with a hint of almonds. A great discovery.
, France
3 years ago
Lowland Surprise
I would’ve mistaken this for an Islay malt if I had not been shown the bottle. Fantastic palate for being a younger malt and curious to see what other variants come after this.
4 years ago
Was blown away for scent and taste
I was blown away the scent and taste. You would think unless you read the label that this was from Islay. My recommendation from someone who has commenced there single malt journey is to try a few from all the Scottish regions that way you will know which Brands you will try again.
Value wise this particular one is quite good value for BAV.
, Australia
4 years ago

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