Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Micro Maturation
Hudson Whiskey Casks
Number of bottles
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Sep 2018 4:09 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 71.45

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113 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.74 points

  1. karloff scored this whisky 74 points Specialist

    Apparently Ailsa Bay is the most advanced distillery in the world. Blokes walking about in white coats and clipboards pushing whisky boundaries with Oompa
    Loompas singing and dancing whilst stirring the Mash Tuns. Well sometimes it's best to keep it simple.
    • Nose
      70 70
      When I first opened this, the first glass was really metallic and medicinal. Now this is the last glass, has it changed? the answer is not much. It has calmed down a little but not to change anything apart from there is now a soapy smell, in fact it reminds me a lot of Imperial leather. There is nothing remotely smoky about this. It is not an awful nose, just not what you would expect.
    • Taste
      72 72
      The nose just transfers down to the taste from beginning to the end. This reminds me of that god awful Edradour Ballechin but not as bad. This has a little bit more to it. What can I find good about it. It's quite refreshing, as in Victory V cough sweet refreshing. It has some spice to it as well as a bit of citrus.
    • Finish
      80 80
      A medium finish and it's the best thing about it because that smokiness it was lacking on the nose and taste shows it's hand on the very death.

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    My first Ailsa Bay, thanks to karloff for this sample.
    I don't find the Ballechin as "god aweful" as he does, but I do recognise the similarities here.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Earthy and mineral, some close to farmy notes.
      Maybe even some metalic notes, tin, zinc.
      Sweet cold wood smoke that fades over time.
      "King of Denmark" camphor candy.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Initially a close match to the nose.
      It's sweet, slightly salty.
      Tough leather, brackish.
      To me it is ballancing that fine line between interesting and offending.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Sweet, a bit too sweet.
      Again that sweet cold smoke.
      And the camphor candy returns at the end.

  3. Pyromann scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Interesting, sweet-woody, or rather sweet-smoky? (but only slightly). On this whisky I enjoy a wide range of aromas and balance and smoothness in taste. It is a pleasant, beautifully drinkable creamy whisky, which is not very distinctive, but well coordinated.
    • Nose
      Sweetness - a little artificial at first smell, then some vanilla, fruit candies. It gradually develops into earthy, distinctly grass tones. Steamy grass. The whole thing is still tinged with the sweetness. Salinity after a while. Interesting.
    • Taste
      Sweeter, medium heavy, creamy. Pleasant fancy for chocolate and some wine, sherry. This is combined with fine woodiness. After a while, it becomes sharper, tears and turns into very fine smoke - a lot of slightly smoked wood.
    • Finish
      Sweet - woody, pungent.

  4. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An excellent follow up from the first release, not the second batch of the first release. No idea what happened there.

    I reckon this is at least 6 years old.

    Sweet, smoky and wet. A rather damp like hay roasted over peat and sprinkled with sweet grass shavings.

    Edit: 2/10/2019

    After reading the above review by MGHOW, I can say it's all lies. My bottle has been opened for nearly 2 months now and it's still fresh, even more fragrant now. Fake review at its best.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruity citrus with earthy-ness character.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to long. Not wet nor dry. Suitable for pairing with seafood and light red meat.

  5. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  6. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    yes, I expected more sweetness but maybe I'm sensitive to smoke after all, so it's not for me
    • Nose
      Smoke, ham, light ash, rice or oatmeal, light leather, minimal oak (so freshly broken branch)
    • Taste
      light and soft on the palate
      Smoke, ham stronger than in the nose, eucalyptus / menthol
    • Finish
      medium long
      minimal smoke, oak, sweetness comes at the very end

  9. Whisky Dungeon scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    My Dram of the Yesr 2019

  10. happyNess scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Not a high-flyer, but a well-made exotic (smoky Lowlander) with a good PLV.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Citrus notes, cold wood smoke, honey and a little grassy.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste gives the impression of the nose quite exactly. The citrus notes can perhaps be combined with tangerines
      and describe orange zest. The smoke and the light honey sweetness balance each other out.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium-long finish without surprises, pleasant.


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