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Ailsa Bay

Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 70cl, 48.9%

€63.11 $67.53 £56.38

Peat

Smoke, barbecue, medicine, farmyard aromas

By far the most polarising of all whisky flavours - and in some ways, that most distinctive of Scotch whisky. Peat is a type of fossil fuel, halfway between soil and coal, which produces a very aromatic smoke as it burns, and is widespread in the Scottish Highlands and islands. It has long been used to dry out malted barley in preparation for making whisky…and the aroma of the smoke lingers throughout the whole distillation process and the subsequent years of maturation.

The resulting flavour is often described as “medicinal” - associated with disinfectants such as TCP, especially by its detractors. Those who enjoy the flavour may be more likely to compare it to the scent of a barbecue, or a welcoming fireplace on a cold winter night.

Peat is almost universally associated with the Islay region - although some Islay whiskies have no peat, while many non-Islay whiskies do. As the flavour derives from the malted barley rather than the cask, it is generally more upfront in younger whiskies than in older expressions, where the cask has had more time to influence the overall style - this is why most Islay whiskies, renowned for their peaty flavours, are bottled at 10 or 12 years with relatively little spirit kept for older ages (Lagavulin is a notable exception). The most notorious of peaty whiskies is probably Laphroaig, while the crown of the “world’s peatiest whisky” is held by Bruichladdich’s Octomore series. At the other end of the scale, those flavours produced by relatively light peating levels are described by the earth flavour tag.

Because of the distinctiveness and the sheer intensity of peaty flavours, they can be difficult to pair with cigars: generally, the fuller-flavoured the cigar, the more likely it is to complement an intensely peaty whisky. In this sense, Bolivar, Partagas and certain Cohibas are safe choices. You may like to experiment a little more and try other cigars that are marked by flavours of leather, pepper or toast, however.

Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 70cl, 48.9%

An incredibly unique distillery, Ailsa Bay is not your typical lowland distillery....read more

Tasting Notes

Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 is scientifically distilled at 022 parts peat, 019 parts sweet then micro matured for a precise balance of sweet and smoky notes!

Nose:
Burnt heather, cereal notes

Palate:
Golden syrup, wood shavings, creamy toffee, salty driftwood

Finish:
Oaky peat, spicy cinnamon

Product Info

Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 70cl, 48.9%

An incredibly unique distillery, Ailsa Bay is not your typical lowland distillery. Characterised by a heavy smoke, unusual for the region, and a surprising sweetness, it is a complex and unusual spirit. It also became the first distillery in Scotland to use “micro maturation”: a process by which the new make spirit is matured in ‘baby bourbon casks’ which can be up to 25% smaller than a traditional cask and thus mature the whisky at a much more rapid rate. The result is particularly sweet whisky that retains its punchy smokiness, leading to a whisky that is well balanced and has a mature side.

 

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Note: Regrettably we cannot ship cigars or any other tobacco products to the USA and Canada.

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