Ailsa Bay is the first single malt whisky to be launched by William Grant & Sons from their new lowland distillery constructed in 2007 and located within the Girvan Grain Whisky Complex on the former site of the Ladyburn Distillery.
Ailsa Bay is on the Clyde coast looking out towards Ailsa Craig famous for the quarrying of stone used for Curling Stone production many years ago.
After eight years of production, Ailsa Bay's first official bottling as a single malt is a no-age-statement heavily peated whisky
Nose: Fresh wood smoke with notes of smouldering damp heather and extinguished bonfire. Following the smoke is a wave of oaky sweetness and hot, buttered toast with an intriguing hint of caramelised apple.
Taste: An immediate punch of peat is quickly balanced by a burst of vanilla oakiness. The flavour meanders between smoke, fruit, creamy toffee and back again. With every sip, the complexity of the whisky deepens as layer upon layer of flavour is revealed.
Finish: An intriguing balance of oaky sweetness and peaty dryness.
Tasting notes courtesy of Ailsa Bay Distillery.