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Ailsa Bay Single Malt

(70cl, 48.9%)

Ailsa Bay Single Malt

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Ailsa Bay Single Malt Bottling Note

Single malt from Ailsa Craig, founded in 2007 with a capacity of 12,000,000 litres on the same site as Girvan. Several styles of malt whisky are produced there, from sweet and light to heavier and more sulphury (two stills have steel condenser rather than copper) as well as peated styles up to 50ppm.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Custard and some phenolic ash, some Big Red too, becoming more chalky and cereal driven with subtle golden syrup. As the producer's notes state, bacon then emerges.

Palate: Undoubtedly meaty 'n' peaty. More of that chalky cereal (dry muesli?) and golden syrup with Big Red in support.

Finish: Sweet, smoky and drying. More Big Red with vanilla.

Overall: The Big Red (spicy cinnamon sweets) are an ever-present but never threaten to dominate this sweet peaty treat.

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Ailsa Bay Single Malt Reviews

Not nice

Not nice

Nose is damp, slightly dirty dishcloth. And then chemical.

Palate - all I am getting is a stinging on the sides of the tongue.

Finish - dry wood and chemicals again.

I wouldn’t buy this one.

12th December 2020

Just lovely !

Loving it, what a great surprise I rate this amongst the best Islay could offer

7th December 2020

Nasty. Did I receive a duff sample

I received a free 30cl sample dram with a bottle of Somerset Apple Brandy my son purchased for me at Xmass.

Overpowering Chemical aroma, little or no peat.

Overpowering Sweetness drowning out other flavours.


Would I buy it. NO
Would I knowingly drink it NO
Best used to disinfect your kitchen sink drain

30th December 2019

Delicious and mouth wateringly morish

I could mistake this for a cask strength Laphroaig, slightly on the sweeter side like a cousin of CS10 #7. What a belter. One for the sweet peat head.

13th January 2019

Quite good

Wasn't expecting a lowland whisky to be like that but was gladly surprised.
I get some grassy, flowering sweetness on nose and palate as well as some meatiness which is what I didn't like very much.
However, the rest is really good, would go with Islay though if you want some like that.

11th September 2018


An absolute belter of a whisky! Powerful yet smooth, all sorts of flavours come to the fore, yet it is superbly balanced, with peat being very evident but not overwhelmingly. An expertly crafted malt, I love it!

2nd August 2018

Big shoes to fill!

Simply put, for the age of this whisky. It stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the best islay. The flavours a brilliantly balanced.

Also, the bottle is beautifully crafted.

6th April 2018

A tad expensive for an unestablished NAS

A good whisky but £50+? Seriously?

£35-£40 yes. Peoples hard earned money should be spent elsewhere. I would recommend Springbank 10/Kilkerran 12 or Ledaig 10. All three better and £10-£15 cheaper.

You're welcome.

24th March 2018


Absolutely love this whisky! A real explosion of sweet/peaty flavour that keeps changing and developing. Highly recommend!

24th February 2018

Islay lovers will love Ayrshire's finest

First impressions on the nose: smoked haddock according to my son, smoked kippers for me. We both love Ardbeg, and put this at least on a par. Can't recommend it enough.

30th January 2018

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