Ailsa Bay NAS

Overall rating
82.37/100
votes
245
Whiskybase ID
WB73831
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Oak Casks
Strength
48.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
PPPM 021 / SPPM 011
Barcode
5010327405629
Added on
01 nov 2015 4:20 pm by Whiskinger
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 70.47

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245 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Ailsa Bay NAS

48 users have left 51 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.37 points.

  1. herdertje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      clear smoke, herbs (thyme), grain, hints of rubber
    • Taste
      87 87
      quite sweet start, smoke sets up afterwards, grain comes up for a while, touch of bubblegum
    • Finish
      85 85
      dies pretty quickly, smokiness lingers

  2. Bumberjack scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Love it. I'm a fan

  3. 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.

  4. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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

  6. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Willum scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  8. 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.

  9. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    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.

  10. 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

  11. Whiskychap scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    I think it tastes nice, but it feels like they have put together a sweet malt, a strong malt and a peaty malt, and that the different casks should have had longer time to marry. It`s somewhat disjointed, like three separate malts in one bottle.
    • Nose
      Quite a lot of smoke on the nose, then som sweetness, with water i get som malty, grainy, porridge notes. but also a lot of pepper i almost had to sneeze.
    • Taste
      Smoke, sweetness, liqurice, sugarwater or corn sirup, some burnt rubber. and black pepper
    • Finish
      More pepper, almost chili, hint of bacon

      N:20
      P:19
      F:20
      Overall:20

  12. pianoman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoky wood ash, new leather. Behind it a little lemon thyme and lime juice.
    • Taste
      Smoky and sweetish. Baked banana with honey. Pepper. Ash.

  13. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      smoky, smoked, asbestos, ash, plasticine, a hint of fruit, vanilla and sweetness.
    • Taste
      84 84
      slightly fiery, tingling and a bit burning, oily, smoky-sweetish, some spice and oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Tart and spicy, demanding salivation, slightly sweet, hint of ash, balanced, soft and long-lasting with sweet smoke ...
      Conclusion:
      A young but not a "wild" but a balanced and pleasantly smoky "not Isla whisky".

  14. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  15. Luigisim scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, although it seems really coming out from an industrial process, leaving out the human touch of whisky industry.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Balanced peat, a bit aggressive
    • Taste
      80 80
      Clean and net, not particularly flavoured
    • Finish
      82 82
      Nice burnt sensation but the youthness comes out

  16. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  17. ConvalRen scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Nice start but a few more years in the barrel and it would be better.

    I reckon the 2nd Aisla Bay is better, haven't had it but based on my assumptions, it will develop into something more complex.
    • Nose
      Talisker like peat, salty, grainy and oily earth.
    • Taste
      Grainy peat earth texture and sea spray similar to a springbank/Talisker. Anise seed and bitter chocolate.
    • Finish
      No fruit notes, no floral notes, just dry firewood and charred wood. Light pepper and fired cashew nuts.

  18. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  19. The Prophet scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    grill fire. Very well done but there is not much else ...

  20. MaltMusings scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    https://malt-musings.blogspot.com/2018/10/whats-coming-out-of-girvan-these-days.html

  21. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  22. Archer scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Good approaches are there, but it still has a lot of room for improvement.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Spicy smoke, oranges and apple juice, stings in the nose at the beginning. A little peace and longevity in the glass does him quite well, but then the smoke is gone. Vanilla ice cream, thyme.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Chocolate and mild smoky onset. Hazelnuts and almonds, coffee powder, malt, cereal note. Glides pleasantly over the tongue, but here and there shows a few sharp edges.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Quite short finish with almonds, oranges, a little honey and vanilla. Leaves a furry feeling on the tongue.

  23. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  24. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hmmm. me too one-dimensional (smoke and ham), maybe it is also because of my sensitivity to smoke that I have not heard of the sweetness He somehow reminds me of Ardbeg
    • Nose
      mild smoke, slightly ham, slightly leather, oak, slightly chocolate, later nuts
    • Taste
      soft on the palate Ham, smoke, mineral, slightly oak
    • Finish
      medium long Oak, minimal smoke, ham

  25. mr.p9 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. ctu scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Wow, what a young Islay feeling from Lowlands ...
    • Nose
      Peat, menthol, herbals, grilled citruses and salt.
    • Taste
      Salt, peat, ash, rubber, metals, freshly grated lemon peel and curry.
    • Finish
      Medium length, sour, ashy.

  27. Bey scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A lowland distillery that fooled me into thinking I'm drinking an Islay! Somewhat comparable with Laphroaig qc in my opinion.Taste: Smokey + underlying sweetnes with an almond-ish finish.Wonderful presentation, non chill filtered, natural colour. When you add a dash of water, scotch mist will appear!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  28. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Smelled nicer than it tastes, but then the finish rescues it again. Just needs a bit of work on the middle but not bad - at a lower strength it probably wouldn't work half as well.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/malt-n-copper-smoke-fire/

    This single malt is made up from a combination of Ailsa Bay’s four different whisky styles, subjected to intense rapid maturation using four different US cask types. Ailsa Bay’s 4 spirit types are [currently]:

     •Light & fruity

     •Light & fruity, slightly more sulphury

     •Medium peated

     •Heavily peated, around 50ppm

    With their Balvenie-shaped stills Ailsa Bay produces 2mlpa. Phenol levels in the finished liquid measure [SPPM]:011. Apparently An Cnoc printed these details for a while, but have ceased. Not sure there is anyone else is doing it now.

    N: Cupcake sweet Octomore with some cleaning detergent.
    T: How does one describe this? Smoked copper with metallic/foil bacon, Persil automatic and a PX finish. Only slightly less weird that Benriach’s Heredotus.
    F: Short, fading,… washing powder, blanched almonds,..
    C: It’s all so incredibly innovative at Ailsa Bay, but for this result? – its inaugural release and all! A sceptic I remain, for now. Everyone wants the bottle mind, for the substantial stopper containing a polished piece of local granite. As for the juice, it’s one fit for a smokey Highball.Scores a D-

  30. maltaholic scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      I think that's the first whisky from this new distillery. Did not know that it is smoky. But it's a nice surprise, because the smoke takes its back, leaves beautiful wood notes. He reminds me of a young Ardbeg.
    • Taste
      In the taste very strong, full of spice. Laurels, juniper. Some cloves, almost like a Kilchoman.
    • Finish
      Yes, he is young, but he has something. Promises a lot for the future ...

  31. Abadon05 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    On average, I would say Joa. Do not skin now, but more interesting than, for example, a Connemara. For the price unfortunately a bit flat, but if you consider the age then it is not bad at all!
    • Nose
      Distinct smoke with salinity. Immediately associations come to a sea breeze. As if you were standing by the sea. The smoke is somewhat medicated at first, but then decreases. Vanilla and lemon are then felt behind the smoke. Quite easily fruity nuances spread, for me it is apple. Very easy thoughts of ham. A bit reluctant, but it does not always have to be the smoke bomb. But you have a certain freshness in the nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet and stronger the medical smoke. A certain waxiness is spreading. Some lemon with grass. Do not really care what's there. Something mineral.
    • Finish
      Short finish. The medical is spreading. Likewise the sweetness and the mineral.

  32. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  33. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    In itself no wrong whisky, but somewhat on the flat side.
    • Nose
      Peat, leather, also some fruit, citrus, pear. Also a little ashtray smell (tobacco air that has stuck somewhere), and sweet, honey. Pretty light fragrance, now also apple, peach. Later there will also be some chocolate.
    • Taste
      Light peat, chocolate. Some watery mouthfeel. Then also sweet, honey.
    • Finish
      Light pepper now, some peat still, somewhat bitter, wood influences. Honey, vanilla. And leather taste.

  34. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peaty and malty. Apple, spice, cardboard and a little chocolate.
    • Taste
      More woody, still peaty. Spices, including curry. Apple and a little vanilla.
    • Finish
      Peat, wood, vanilla and apple.

  35. Landryn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. 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.

  37. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    For such a youngster (it can't be much older than 3 years), it's well matured. It's a pleasure to drink this one.
    • Nose
      Peat (the cow stable type), metal (from the spirit), but this vanishes soon. Sweet barley, clotted cream, vanilla, white fruit, peach, almond.
    • Taste
      Undiluted: not as sweet as the nose suggest, actually quite sour on granny smith apples and other white fruit. The peat is there again, and is accompanied by herbs, nuts, pepper and ginger. With water, it turns sweeter, more on bbq smoke and barley. 
    • Finish
      The peat smoke and white fruit remain, the vanilla returns. Furthermore, there is some prickle of pepper, but counterbalanced by sweet barley.

  38. Helgo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting TWS: Blind with smoke.
    Tip: sloping part in any case.
    about 46-50%. I would admit that now, after the last two tips, I would not be riddling wildly anymore. In this case, I have absolutely no plan and could not even commit to the Fassart. I would almost think that I do not know the distillery ...
    • Nose
      Crass smoke. I have not had anything like that yet. The name definitely matches its content. Light wood notes, slightly malty, some lemons and grapefruit.

      Smells like a mix of Connemara, Ardbeg and Saentis.

    • Taste
      Smoky, slightly peppery, tangerines, a little oak and very sweet and mineral. Reminds me remotely of a magnesium effervescent tablet without flavor ...
    • Finish
      Medium-long dry ashy finish.

  39. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    an exciting whisky in the nose, the rest is OK too, but one notices a bit the youth, which can not be concealed by modern barrel management. Still a nice drop.
    • Nose
      Spicy, peaty, cinnamon, cloves, some ashes, lots of fruit, the youth beats through, but the barrel brings very aromatic spice notes. Interesting combination. Over time it gets sweeter and vanilla notes are added.
    • Taste
      a lot of peat, a bit bitter, pepper, spices, a few fermented fruits.
    • Finish
      slightly mentholig, sweet, vanilla, light fruity, ashen, licorice, again peaty and bitter-sweet at the end.

  40. Unclimbability scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Colour: Gold

    Body: Medium

    Nose: Different. Its neither bonfire nor medicinal peat, but it is somewhat mineral. Its a sweet peat, but no Sherry flavours. Candy floss, sweet shop, candy cane, malt, olive oil, red liquorice, a little vanilla, dirty grapefruit, some lime, chimney soot, slate, sour under ripe fruit.

    Water: More olive oil, more green under ripe fruit, apple, lime. More minerality too with some chalk and limestone. Loses some smoke, but gains sootiness.

    Taste: Mouth coating, rich and sweet. Soft arrival with under ripe mango and some acidic green apple, developing more sour, building peat, grapefruit, building lime and lemon, then more oily malt.

    Water: Softer and smoother, then more soot, more lemon then goes more dry with lots of wet chalk and limestone. Quite white wine-esque. Less complex but more balance.

    Finish: Medium length. Heavy peat kicking in with oily malt and then drying. Quite drying and a little longer with water.

  41. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I brought the sample from the Whisky Festival 2016. The Josh's comparison to Kilchoman is pretty awful, I agree. It tasted more than the scent. It's a good performance from a new distillery, but of course it's worth the price, (at least I'm quite confidently deployed from the de facto unknown distillery), so I'm glad that the festival was an opportunity to taste.
    • Nose
      A slightly lighter smoke style. It is sweetish, though sweetness here binds on the pilgrimage, then we have alcoholic citrus sharpness, vanilla and oak. I caught the hint of camphor. Nothing extra complicated and complicated, but cool. (84 b)
    • Taste
      At first, she gets a sweetness, vanilla, and her tongue is not as thin as the fragrance might be, it sounds citrus, and then a lot of smoke. That smoke is enough even in the flavor, it is not bad at all. The flavor is also "used". (86 b)

  42. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  43. pH did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The pre-release of Ailsa Bay in autumn 2015 in Scandinavia din't include any packaging box. The bar code was the same (5 010327 405629), the rear label was different.

  44. Jevan scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  45. Jevan scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good nicely drinkable first release from Ailsa Bay. Bodes well for their future as this has something many drams miss out on- balance. Easy drinking and very pleasant. It would have been nice to have an age statement but the 48.9% strength is a great change from the usual lower strengths for OBs. Well done Grants. 85.
    • Nose
      Smoke up front with some burnt cork and hints of tart gooseberries. Light oak.
    • Taste
      Well balanced peat smoke with some yeast extract and a light watered down apple-juice sweetness. Mandarins. White pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium finish with lots of white pepper spiciness and creosote mouth coating smokiness.

  46. martinni scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  47. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  48. michevinyl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant new acquaintance, balanced and tasty. 89P
    • Nose
      Smoky blue chewing gum, cinnamon cake
    • Taste
      Creamy smoke, licorice, soft nice sweetie, cinnamon
    • Finish
      Long sweet and smoked, licorice, iodine, some salted, blue chewing gum again.

  49. McGipi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    surprised. Good whisky
    • Nose
      intersting, rauchig, süss
    • Taste
      sweet, smoky, complex
    • Finish
      long smoky finish, dry

  50. Finlaggan scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2016/01/ailsa-bay-nas-single-malt-ailsa-bay.html

  51. Glennie scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Gentle smoke and farm
    odour but also creamy barley sugar. It reminds me of some Kilchoman's that I
    have tasted. Some yellow fruits in the background. Not bad. But not very
    complex either. It feels young but pleasantly so. Maybe a tad boring (Or is it just compared to Jack White in my earphones)

    Taste: Peaty smoke and not so
    gentle. It’s quite pungent in fact. Some spices with a fruity sweetness.

    Finish: Some smoke and wood spices lingers on for a while. Not short by any Mean.

    Overall: A nice start from
    Ailsa Bay. It's flawless in a way but also without any real distinctive
    character. It can't hide its youth, but that’s OK! Very quaffable and perhaps a
    good place to start for someone not used to peaty whiskies. And yes! I will characterize
    it as peaty, but not heavily peated by any mean. A few drops of water improve
    it.
    Its too expensive IMHO. But a good one to try in a whisky club for instance.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

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