Overall rating
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

€ 69.01

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202 × member ratings

454 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ailsa Bay NAS

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.38 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points 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. 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.

  4. Whiskychap scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    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


  5. 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.

  6. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    smoky, smoked, asbestos, ashes, putty, a touch of fruit, vanilla and sweetness.

    slightly fiery, tingling and a bit burning, oily, smoky-sweetish, slightly spicy and oak

    Herb-spicy, demanding salivation, slightly sweetish, hint of ash, balanced,
    soft and long-lasting with sweet smoke ...

    A young but not a "wild" but a balanced and pleasantly smoky "not Isla Whisky".

  7. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Luigisim scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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

  9. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    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.


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