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

€ 71.07

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Whisky Reviews for Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.86 points

  1. raithrover scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    On the nose: the peat initially greets you followed by a mixture of cooking apples, mango and lime jelly. Wet wool, sugary toffee and spent gunpowder. There’s also with time, some caramel and peppermint. A splash of water brings out smoke and clementines.

    In the mouth: less interesting with the peat being the dominant force here. Taking over the show leaves little room for the peppery, coal dust, green olives and youthful palate. Adding water does upset the taught youthfulness of the experience, as it loses urgency and definition, becoming more of a peat bog.

  2. Orchid31 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    bottle overturned for several months.
    nose: smoke, spice(pepper), exotic fruits (pineapple, mango), spices, tobacco joke(leather/tobacco mix), young wood, citrus zest
    mouth: smoke, charcoal, sugar, light bitterness (burnt caramel), slightly astringent, tobacco
    final: short on peppery nuances
    note: 83

  3. 2ndSip scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    the smoke dominates the nose, all other notes lie behind this curtain of sweetish smoke, a greasy and smoked aroma, which also takes on a maritime touch as it progresses.
    In terms of taste, the smoke plays second fiddle; here more fruit and spiciness, sharp spiciness, which settles down. More tannins.
    Medium to long-lasting smoke flavors that reappear and linger in the mouth.
    The nose somehow doesn't match the taste... you can like it, but it seems somehow inappropriate here - for me.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe...] you can, but you don't have to.
    • Nose
      86 86
      sweet smoked bacon note, honey, caramel; light spices in the background.
      Citrus-orange aromas, bright fruits. Over time, the smoke also takes on a maritime character (seaweed, sea breeze, salty air).
      Then vanilla comes into its own.
    • Taste
      82 82
      spicy, peppery onset, uhhh, sharp - alcohol-spicy. You can't even feel the smoke at first.
      Creamy-viscous, becoming dryer, light oak tannins. The smoke is delayed in the mouth, but clearly leveled down compared to the nose.
      Second sip: more fruit aromas (light fruits), but not really tangible. Bitterness of coffee emerges. Tongue appears covered by tannins. Not as sharp as the first sip, but still a distinct peppery/ginger-hot feeling.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium length, spice, tannins.
      The smoke aromas (campfire, where a piece of meat fell in) remain for a very long time. Still unspectacular.

  4. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A whisky from the Lowlands from a young distillery, which does not stand for artisan whisky like many of the young Lowland Distilleries, but produces malt for the blends of William Grant & Sons (Glenfiddich) with a production volume of 12 million liters. This is industrial malt, that's why it's colored. He convinced in the blind tasting and came in 3rd place. And for me he was even 1st place. How could that happen?

    • Nose
      The name Sweet Smoke is also program on the nose - the whisky is sweet, has nice aromas of shortbread. Then there is a mineral, ashy smoke without smoke and damp soot.
    • Taste
      The blend of sweet flavors and ashy smoke wafting from the warm wood fire is very tasty and easy to drink. All this is not complex or challenging, but has a nice aroma with some fruit, orange zest and gentle oak.
    • Finish
      At the end there is a slight bitterness from the wood, but it stays in the background. Whisky isn't old...

      In the blind tasting he convinced me more than now when I tasted it again. It is easy to drink, has a fairly clean smoke and a nice sweetness with notes of cookie and dough. That makes it pleasing and tasty. But in the end it's all too smooth and undemanding. The corners and edges that characterize a smoky whisky are missing.

  5. Expraesi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The Sweet Smoke is a very balanced malt with fruity and sweet notes, bitter oak and pleasant peat smoke. Still, I miss that certain something. A few rough edges would do him good.

    • Nose
      Pleasant campfire smoke rises in the nose. The aroma is sweet with honey, slightly malty and fruity. Citrus fruits with dried orange peel stand out. Then it gets a little drier and spicier. Herbal notes with heather emerge, as does the oak of the fresh oak barrels. This slightly tart oak note in combination with the citrus note reminds me of grapefruits. Behind it, the very well integrated smoke still hovers after a few minutes.
    • Taste
      The onset of the malt on the tongue is very soft. The smoke is present again, as is the honey sweetness. This is significantly stronger compared to the nose. I can also find the herbs and orange peel again. The fruit palette is expanded to include apples and pears. After a few seconds it becomes slightly peppery and spicy on the tongue, which surprised me a bit after the gentle start.
    • Finish
      The citrus fruits also persist in the finish. The oak brings a slight bitterness, which reminds me of bitter oranges. The mouthfeel becomes drier. The finish is medium long and bitter oak and smoke finally prevail. A bit of caramel is added towards the end.

  7. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. MarcinCh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Golden, falling into an amber color. Rare structure.
    • Nose
      Sweet. Lots of caramel. Fruit underneath, fresh. Well balanced. Apples. A trace of citrus.
    • Taste
      Pleasant and full. Rather sweet, but not over the top. Traces of smoke appear. Caramel. Light saltiness. A pinch of spices.
    • Finish
      Some smoke vodka. Sweetness. Lots of salty caramel. Medium-long finish. Enjoyable. A pinch of spices. Delicate ginger.

  9. chrisyeo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    #MysteryDram , thank you @DannyCheah
    How many have tasted peaty lowland ?

    Region : Islay ❌ ▶️ Lowland
    Age : 12 ❌ ▶️ NAS
    ABV : 46% ❌ ▶️ 48.9%
    Bottler : OB ✅
    Distillery : ❓ ➡️ Ailsa Bay

    Lowland, Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke, Micro Maturation, Hudson Whisky Casks, ABV 48.9%

    Nose : vegetative kind of peat , slight metallic, after a while its quite soothing kind of peaty notes
    Taste : growing spiciness with honey sweetness , ending with leafy vegetative peaty note , with water its more fruity
    Finish : short to medium warmness finish at the throat, after reveal, smoke after taste note more prominent

    After tasting discussion:
    I'm guilty of guessing any peaty whisky to come from Islay
    the strength is great, doesn't taste like 48.9%
    good dram
    • Nose
      vegetative kind of peat , slight metallic, after a while its quite soothing kind of peaty notes
    • Taste
      growing spiciness with honey sweetness , ending with leafy vegetative peaty note , with water its more fruity
    • Finish
      short to medium warmness finish at the throat, after reveal, smoke after taste note more prominent

  10. RJKrueger scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Overall not really bad, but not really my taste either. You might have to round off with a bit of sherry barrel.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Rather subtle, warm, soft smoky notes, in the background they are even reminiscent of Islay whiskys. There are also subdued sweet fruit notes. Overall, it is unobtrusive, you don't even notice the percentage.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Overall it is very sweet, but not really fruity with a bit of peppery heat. It lacks some depth and complexity. Towards the end, the smoke also becomes a bit ashy.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Here the ashy tendency continues, but it lacks strength and sustainability to the rear. It's a little soapy in the end.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. elipszis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    terribly interesting and unique
    • Nose
      86 86
      white pepper
      chupa chups
      sweet cake
      spicy honey
    • Taste
      81 81
      it has no taste only the texture can be felt to be oily
    • Finish
      85 85
      peppermint and plenty of smoke

  18. 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.

  19. 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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