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The inaugural release from Ailsa Bay – peated Lowland whisky. The distillery can produce a variety of different styles of spirit and for this first release Grant’s have decided to go for smoke, creating a rare peated Lowland. It’s got a rich and earthy backbone, with sweet liquorice and touches of tar.
Ailsa Bay is unusual in a number of respects. Not only does it display the PPM (Phenol Parts per Million) of the actual whisky on the bottle, but it also provides a figure for SPPM: Sweet Parts Per Million. The latter is a revolutionary method for measuring a whisky’s sweetness, designed by master blender Brian Kinsman. Furthermore, Ailsa Bay is the only whisky to undergo ‘micro maturation’, whereby the new make spirit is first aged in small bourbon casks for six to nine months, in order to create rapid, intense maturation.
- Tasting Notes
Nose: Custard and some phenolic ash, some Big Red too, becoming more chalky and cereal driven with subtle golden syrup. As the producer’s notes state, bacon then emerges.
Palate: Undoubtedly meaty ‘n’ peaty. More of that chalky cereal (dry muesli?) and golden syrup with Big Red in support.
Finish: Sweet, smoky and drying. More Big Red with vanilla.