Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Micro Maturation
Hudson Whiskey Casks
Number of bottles
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
LBB 5D 8828
Added on
04 Jun 2020 9:18 pm by Swirrdal
ColoredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 69.22

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Whisky Reviews for Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.31 points

  1. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    21 20 19 20 80

    there is a light smoke in the nose, drinkable, even too beztelno as for me, on the whole pleasant and positive summer whisky!

  2. olegborgol scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Fresh mint, pepper, a little smoke, charcoal, tart with bitterness, reminiscent of scarab. Good young 21-21-20.5-20.5

  3. Ocko_tom_Brook scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A not uninteresting, sweetish and slightly smoky malt that is quite drinkable. But the spark didn't really jump out on me. I'm torn. One try is not enough for him, in my opinion it needs several attempts and then it gets a little better, well, at least that's what I imagine :-).
    • Nose
      81 81
      A slightly carbolic impression that was medicinal right from the start was superimposed on other, rather weak smoke aromas and a slight malt sweetness in the nose. The impression characterized elsewhere as "metallic" hits it, I think, quite well.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The first olfactory impression continued on my tongue: hard, medical, metallic. But then a pleasant sweetness came through, accompanied by faint aromas of smoke, completely removed from a few hidden tannins and a hint of salt. I also notice a very slight nuttiness. Overall not a taste explosion, but at least!
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish was also medically marked; It had an astringent, hotter, peppery effect on my oral mucous membranes - but retained the few smoke aromas, its malt sweetness and also the salt and continued to have a pleasant residual sweetness in the oral cavity for a long time.

  4. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      smoke, oak, sports mats
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, smoky, caramel, vanilla
    • Finish
      80 80
      medium closer to short, sweetness, a little spice

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A promising young whisky not beaten to death with a pile of wood. Ailsa Bay may yet produce some interesting whisky once we get past a decade of maturation.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly strongly smoky, with vanilla and young oak backing it. Smoked, dried barley, tar, some farminess in the back, and some medicinal notes (both herbal and aspirin).
    • Taste
      Easy on the tongue, with a slightly too watery body for my taste, and not quite as much peat as the nose would lead one to believe. Medical tablets, tar, oily peatiness. It's simple, but there are no off notes like glue or yeast present.
    • Finish
      Medium long, mostly on tar and peat (which are still quite gentle compared to for example Springbank or Glen Garioch). Somewhat monotone, but still likable.

  6. holborndrinker scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Quite a pleasant dram - some oiliness and smokiness, but on a gentle scale.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Smells like old gym mats from when I was at school - sweaty trainers.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Quite a gentle oily taste, with some smooth smokey notes - like a lapsang poured before it's been allowed to brew properly.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The initial finish diminishes quite quickly, but the smokiness lingers.

  7. elipszis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    terribly interesting and unique
    • Nose
      89 89
      white pepper
      chupa chups
      sweet cake
      spicy honey
    • Taste
      84 84
      it has no taste only the texture can be felt to be oily
    • Finish
      88 88
      peppermint and plenty of smoke

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Honestly a very good offering from Ailsa Bay that'll probably satisfy many peat heads.
    • Nose
      A very earthy smoke with plenty of smouldering embers, tar and charred meat, but also a good amount of vanilla and caramel-glazed apples. Finally a whisper of Cointreau and lemon zest.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly, I'd describe this as an (almost medicinal) peat influence, overall not unlike the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Charcoal, sal ammoniac and fresh oak with a green, vegetal layer with sweet golden syrup and vanilla extract. Somewhat malty as well.
    • Finish
      More of the above with a pinch of cocoa powder. Quite long.

  9. detachedblue scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      More woody compared to the NAS first release, some herb medicine, raw almonds, more like a highland young peater nowadays.
    • Taste
      A bit weird, very bready, like a soaked biscuit in hot water, slightly smoky and some cinnamon, some almonds as well.
    • Finish
      Raw almonds, almond milk, quite peaty.


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