Ailsa Bay (48.9% ABV) is a non-age statement (NAS) single malt whisky that is said to bring whisky-craft and innovation to a new level, as a singular, precision-distilled spirit, with a unique balance of smoke and sweetness.
The Ailsa Bay Distillery is based at William Grant & Sons’Girvan site in South Ayrshire on the Scottish west coast, and is named after the Ailsa Craig rock, situated 10 miles from the distillery in the Firth of Clyde.
The state-of-the-art distillery was created in 2007 from Peter Gordon’s vision with the sole purpose of allowing Master Blender Brian Kinsman and those that will follow him the ability to isolate and control more elements from the distillation, maturation and filtration process.
Commenting on the launch, Peter Gordon, Director of William Grant & Sons, said: “With Ailsa Bay, we wanted to create a very heavily peated whisky with all of the sweetness and smokiness we could muster, but also dial down on some of the medicinal notes that characterise some peated whiskies. Ailsa Bay is a testament to our whisky-making expertise and the skills of our Master Blender Brian Kinsman. We invest heavily in keeping the innovation conveyor belt going. Hopefully, we can do this in a pioneering way that respects the traditions that our family has passed down through the generations.”
Ailsa Bay will be available from specialist retailers in the UK later this month for a RRP of £55.00.
Posted by Steve Rush