Digital Drams: Ailsa Bay 1.2 Deconstruction Tasting
Led by Ailsa Bay Brand Ambassador Calum Fraser, the Digital Drams session will deconstruct Ailsa Bay 1.2 Sweet Smoke. Attendees will have the opportunity to try the components that make up Ailsa Bay 1.2 Sweet Smoke before tasting the final product.
The components that make up the tasting session are Ailsa Bay Virgin Oak Cask 62.5% ABV, Ailsa Bay ex-Hudson Quarter Cask Sample 58.6% ABV, Ailsa Bay Refill American Oak Cask 60.9% ABV, and Ailsa Bay First Fill Bourbon Cask 59.5% ABV before finishing with Ailsa Bay 1.2 Sweet Smoke. This is a particularly exciting opportunity for whisky fans to gain a better understanding of how casks are selected to create a dram. These samples are not available to try anywhere else, making this Digital Drams session a truly one-of-a-kind event.
The final result, Ailsa Bay 1.2 Sweet Smoke, is a truly outstanding expression. Distilled at Girvan and overlooking Ailsa Craig, Ailsa Bay is the only Scotch whisky to undergo a micro-maturation whereby the spirit is filled into small ex-bourbon casks for an intense rapid maturation, before being transferred to virgin, first-fill, and refill American oak casks for several years.
The nose has wood smoke and heater with sweet vanilla oak and candied orange peel. The palate is a perfect balance of peat and vanilla sweetness, with fruit and toffee emerging. The finish has sweet oak balanced with drying peat.
If you're keen to buy a full-sized bottle of this expression, you can purchase Ailsa Bay 1.2 Sweet Smoke here at The Whisky Shop today!
Tickets for the event are available here at The Whisky Shop. Tickets are available for £25, or £20 for members of The W Club. The event will be taking place Thursday 9th June at 7:30pm on Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link on Wednesday 8th June, the day before the tasting session. If you are unable to make the event, the session will be recorded so you can sample the tastings and watch along in your own free time.