Ailsa Bay NAS

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Oak Casks
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml
PPPM 021 / SPPM 011
Added on
01 Nov 2015 4:20 pm by Whiskinger

Average value

€ 98.43

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241 × member ratings

542 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ailsa Bay NAS

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.34 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points Super Administrator

    Peat is certainly not the first thing which comes to your mind when thinking of Lowland whiskies. As a relatively new distillery built for the production of blends, Ailsa Bay surprised with this release. Notes of wet hay, floral peat smoke and burned moss form the nose. Water brings out citrus, sweet BBQ and hints of fennel. The taste falls a bit flat: aromatic peatiness, grapefruits and heather honey struggle with the youthfulness of the spirit. Bitter lemon, salted licorice and mineral peat remain in the long finish. A promising start despite the lack of maturity.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. Shane_IL scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It has quite an interesting bouquet of flavours from all over the place but they seem to work well and are quite balanced. I’d like to see a more aged expression and hopefully the price will go down a little once the gimmick factor wears off, but it looks like a promising whisky.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/08/27/ailsa-bay/
    • Nose
      Mineral peat. Sea breeze. Ozone. Fresh tar. Green herbs, parsley and sage. Old tarred wood in the sun, like those old wooden death trap jungle gyms one used to find in public parks. Bit of smoky lemons. Honey. Menthol.
    • Taste
       A bit thin feeling at first, but it build up to a nicer mouthfeel. Salt. Earthy peat. More tar. Old rubber. Pine cones. Wood ash. Lychees. Liquorice on the swallow.
    • Finish
      Ash. Bitter wood. Rubber. Citrus oils. Paraffin wax. ome very light fruit notes, white grape juice maybe.

  3. Bumberjack scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Love it. I'm a fan

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ailsa Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 48.9%. Tasted November 2018. Wasn't necessarily expecting loads here, but was pleasantly surprised. Aroma smoke, dusty-rubbery, dried apple, nice full smoke. Taste smooth start, builds to big peat, rounded rubber and squash ball, big smoke. Quite simple but lovely peat punch - similar to South Islay stuff.

  5. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This smells a little like a young Caol Ila at first, sweet creamy peat, hints of Smokey bacon, lime juice, brine , hints of coffee beans.
    At first the palate is a little rough but it soon settles down, this is a young whisky and it shows, the flavours remind me of some older grain whisky, a little salt beef note comes in with a little spice.
    Adding a little water has little effect appart from a white pepper note.
    The finish is not the longest and a little forgettable.
    Nothing wrong with this just a little boring to be honest.
    The nose is the best part for me.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Willum scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  9. detachedblue scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very oily and sweet peatiness, some fresh herbs, peanut butter, a good nose!
    • Taste
      Leather, fresh mints, beef stock, lemon, quite elegant and sweet peat.
    • Finish
      More meaty and peaty, some spices and camphor.

  10. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Simple but tasty enough. There was a desire to get acquainted with new releases.
    • Nose
      It is filled with nuances of smoke and malt ... The almost imperceptible tones of a yellow apple, pepper and dusty bag hid very deeply.
    • Taste
      The basis of the taste palette is made up of shades of smoked meat, pepper, salt and oak.
    • Finish
      It repeats all the shades of the taste palette, only in a different sequence. At the end, the finish is warming, spicy, smoked.


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