Friday, August 10, 2018


William Grant & Sons, has unveiled a new design and modified liquid for its peated Ailsa Bay single malt Scotch whisky.

Ailsa Bay (48.9% ABV) is said to be a refined version of the original bottling, with a similarly unique balance of smoke and sweet, which is expressed in a change of SPPM (the unique measure of Sweetness Parts Per Million) of 19 up from 11, and a change in PPPM (the measure of Phenol Parts Per Million in liquid form) to 22 up from 21.

William Grant & Sons unveil new recipe and design for its Ailsa Bay single malt

Ailsa Bay originally launched in 2016, as a single malt that brought whisky craft and innovation to a whole new level through scientific precision at its state-of-the-art distillery at Girvan, which opened in 2007.

As with the technology at the distillery, the liquid profile is constantly evolving, giving Ailsa Bay Distillery, Malt Master Brian Kinsman and the team the opportunity to use some of the older stock to develop the flavour profile of the whisky further.

Using this as the starting point, the team at Ailsa Bay have plans to develop this further in pursuit of new flavours. Stuart Watts, Distillery Manager at William Grant & Sons said “No other whisky is made with this much science. Using data points to adapt the flavour and applying modern engineering alongside our family’s traditional approach, is truly innovative”.

Commenting on the launch, Brian Kinsman, said: “The Ailsa Bay distillery continues to allow us to develop incredible whisky through its ability to create different styles under the one roof. This new expression has allowed us to evolve the flavour notes and push the balance in taste, without compromising on the quality of the liquid”.

The new Ailsa Bay bottling, will be available next month, from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £55.00.

Posted by Steve Rush