Charity Auction - Ailsa Craig Scotch - Combat Stress - Ends 29th November 2020 at 1200 UK time

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After the success of the auction of Welsh Whisky, with £55 sent to Combat Stress, the lovely @dropshortjock has donated a bottle of Ailsa Craig Scotch Whisky to auction for this worthy cause. I never cease to be amazed at the generosity of arrsers!

It’s the Ailsa Bay First Release from Girvan (Grants distillery). This release is identified by the Ailsa Craig granite embedded into the stopper. This is not done (presumably for cost reasons) on the subsequent release. Bottles of the latest release are on sale through quality merchants at £52.

There are a few notes about it at the end of this post. It sounds like the perfect Christmas Gift for a conoisseur.

The auction will run on usual lines, with the winner being the highest bidder at 1200 one week from today. That gives plenty of time for the bottle to be posted and settle in its new home in time for Christmas.

Usual bidding rules apply, so please be generous, Combat Stress is always in need of funds, and they do such tremendous work.

Thank you all.

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Ailsa Bay's first single malt whisky set to be released in the UK - Scotsman Food and Drink

Ailsa Bay distillery tasting notes:

Nose


Fresh wood smoke with notes of smouldering damp heather and extinguished bonfire. Following the smoke is a wave of oaky sweetness and hot, buttered toast with an intriguing hint of caramelised apple.

Taste

An immediate punch of peat is quickly balanced by a burst of vanilla oakiness. The flavour meanders between smoke, fruit, creamy toffee and back again. With every sip, the complexity of the whisky deepens as layer upon layer of flavour is revealed.

Finish

An intriguing balance of oaky sweetness and peaty dryness.



Ailsa Bay’s first whisky launches in UK | Scotch Whisky



The Lowlands distillery, which is set up to produce a number of different Speyside malt styles within the Girvan grain distillery complex in Ayrshire, was built in 2007 and has not released a single malt until now.

While the majority of Ailsa Bay’s whisky styles will be used for a variety of blends within owner William Grant & Sons’ portfolio, its peated run – that lasts for just one week per year – is reserved for the Ailsa Bay single malt.

Ailsa Bay is being positioned as the group’s ‘peated malt’, and has a stated phenol content of 21 PPM (parts per million) – a reading taken from the finished liquid rather than the dried malted barley, as is the industry standard.

Taking a reading of the liquid prior to bottling, however, is thought to give a truer reflection of the whisky’s actual phenol content. Ailsa Bay is only the second single malt brand to disclose its PPM as a reflection of the liquid.

In 2014, AnCnoc launched its Peaty range of single malts from Knockdhu distillery, all of which state a PPM reading of the liquid.

As well as offering a PPM statement, Ailsa Bay will also have an SPPM reading – sweet parts per million, a revolutionary measurement of a whisky’s sweetness designed by master blender Brian Kinsman.

Alwynne Gwilt, newly-appointed whisky specialist at William Grant & Sons, said: ‘It’s new territory for everyone. Brian is trying to break new ground in how we help the consumer understand what it is they are buying, so this will probably take a while for everyone to personally catch up.’

Ailsa Bay has an SPPM of 11, which Gwilt describes as ‘the perfect balance between peat and sweet’.

‘You can get a peated whisky like Bowmore that’s sweeter and fruitier than Talisker and while you can understand the peating levels on those it doesn’t give an indication of how sweet it’s going to be,’ she explained.

‘Brian has analysed the elements that we would taste as being sweet and created a new way of measuring how sweet whisky is.’





My own less – than expert analysis is – a little bit peaty, and bloody good!
 

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Paging @Daxx

Perhaps the now adult Daxxlings could treat their old Dad to a little nip to keep out the cold?
 
Wicked woman, brandy and fine scotch...
 

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Still at £75 and some name-calling, with @Himmler.

Any more generous bids please?
 

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Half way through the auction...
 

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One day to go and @Himmler will be receiving a rather nice drink.



Unless someone outbids him!
 

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Morning all. This auction will end in two hours. Highest bid at 12 noon will win!
 

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Congratulations to @Himmler. This lovely item is yours for a £75 donation to Combat Stress. When you are off ROPs please PM me to arrange delivery from @dropshortjock.

Thank you all for your generous donation and support.
 

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@Himmler Has completed the transaction.
A very generous gesture, for which I am sure CS will be very grateful.

@dropshortjock I will let you have the information tomorrow.

Thank you all for your generous bids.
 
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