Ailsa Bay

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

ABV 48.9%
REVIEWED Issue 135
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Expression: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2016
ABV: 48.9%
Country/Region: Scotland / Lowland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 135
Tasting notes
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: Sweet peat smoke, Bakewell tart and some green apple. There is almond, chamois leather and citricidal. The smoke is sweet, not medicinal and shrouds the nose in a very inviting way.
Palate: The base of smoke gives way to peach melba drizzled with honey, elements of granola, and more of the chamois leather from the nose. Dusty, dry and very drinkable.
Finish: Toasted hot cross buns and cinnamon give a dry, smoky end.
Comment: A quality spirit balancing smoke, citrus, sweetness. Serve in a hip-flask or a highball
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Now this feels like it has some miles on the clock! A beautiful melange of barley husk, soft apricot, white fruit, honey and oak. Water makes it quite aromatic and herbal.
Palate: A little dry and straw-like to begin with; barley husks, white fruit and rather intrusive alcohol. Some sweeter barley notes come through on the middle with a touch of honey and earth. Diluted, it’s a little watery.
Finish: Short, hot and a little honeyed. Water brings out some smokiness.
Comment: Although pleasant, I think it has been bottled just in time.
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