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Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke

(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.

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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.

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Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke Reviews

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.

7th January 2023

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.

22nd April 2022

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 !

31st December 2020


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.

9th September 2020

no 1 in the world

The best whisky I ever tasted. The original that is.

9th April 2020

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.


9th February 2020

smoky, almonds

Profound smokiness on the palette with a hint of almonds. A great discovery.

15th December 2019

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.

9th August 2019

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.

10th June 2019

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