This week's customer favourite: Ailsa Bay. One of the first of new wave of hypermodern distilleries, Ailsa Bay is huge, producing a colossal 12 million litres of alcohol per year. Behind the scenes, its single malts go into Grant's blended whiskies, but the distillery also has a single malt of its own. Bucking the historical trend, this lowland powerhouse produced a powerfully peated whisky, more at home on the islands than a short drive from Glasgow. As Alun said on our website: 'As a fan of anything from Islay I was attracted by the description "peaty and phenolic". Could anything from the mainland possibly stand comparison I wondered. Well yes now it can.'
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