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AILSA  BAY   (2007

Girvan in Ayrshire is één van de zeven graan distilleerderijen (2008) in Schotland.

De capaciteit is 60 miljoen liter alcohol per jaar. Er is een vatenmakerij, er wordt Gin gestookt, Hendrick's Gin en er zijn lagerpakhuizen waarin 1,3 miljoen vaten met whisky rijpen (2008).

Tussen 1968 en 1975 was hier ook een malt whisky distilleerderij: Ladyburn
.

Er staan acht ketels met een capaciteit van 5 miljoen alcohol per jaar.

Een uniek kenmerk is de Octangular Spirit Safe die tussen de twee rijen ketels zit, alsmede een voorverhitter, ook in gebruik in de Cognac, voor de Wash still om energie te besparen .


AILSA BAY DISTILLERY

LOWLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

Ailsa Bay is in the Lowlands, on the Clyde coast looking out towards Ailsa Craig, Kintyre, and Arran. Its eight stills however produce a wide variety of styles of makes. This flexibility is deliberate as the distillery was built to both replace ‘Balvenie-style’ malt for Grant’s blends and offer other flavour possibilities. Given this, not surprisingly, the stills are shaped the same as Balvenie’s.

Four different characters are made: estery, nutty, fruity and heavily peated.


AILSA BAY HISTORY

There is a long history of malt distilleries being built within grain plants: Inverleven at Dumbarton (1959-1991), Ben Wyvis at Invergordon (1965-1977), Glen Flager and Killyloch at Garnheath (1965-1985), and Ladyburn at Girvan (1966-1976). All of them were built by blending firms and came into being at a time when an increase in production was deemed necessary. All then closed when a downturn in demand occurred.

It was a slightly different dynamic which prompted William Grant & Sons in 2007 to build Ailsa Bay on the same Girvan site where Ladyburn had once stood. This time not only were the Grant’s blends (the Family Reserve range and Clan MacGregor), both growing, but so was demand for its two flagship malts Glenfiddich and Balvenie. Pressure on the latter was the main reason for the construction of this eight still, 5m litres per annum capacity site.

After eight years of production, Ailsa Bay's first official bottling as a single malt was a no-age-statement heavily peated whisky released in February 2016. The expression unleashed the full flexibiility of Ailsa Bay's production set up, combining innovative techniques in the way of spirit cut points, vatting, maturation and even 'sweetness measurement'.

AILSA BAY FACTS

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
12
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube (four stainless steel)
FERMENTATION TIME i
60 hours
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
12
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SUPPLIER i
Various
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
5-22ppm
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
70%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
4%
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Onion with boil ball
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
12,000
STILLS i
16
WAREHOUSING i
Racked, palletised
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Onion with boil ball
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
12,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
50,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
24
WATER SOURCE i
Penwhapple Reservoir
WORT CLARITY i
Medium
YEAST TYPE i
Liquid





Ailsa Bay is in the Lowlands, on the Clyde coast looking out towards Ailsa Craig, Kintyre, and Arran. Its eight stills however produce a wide variety of styles of makes. This flexibility is deliberate as the distillery was built to both replace ‘Balvenie-style’ malt for Grant’s blends and offer other flavour possibilities. Given this, not surprisingly, the stills are shaped the same as Balvenie’s.

Four different characters are made: estery, nutty, fruity and heavily peated.


There is a long history of malt distilleries being built within grain plants: Inverleven at Dumbarton (1959-1991), Ben Wyvis at Invergordon (1965-1977), Glen Flager and Killyloch at Garnheath (1965-1985), and Ladyburn at Girvan (1966-1976). All of them were built by blending firms and came into being at a time when an increase in production was deemed necessary. All then closed when a downturn in demand occurred.

It was a slightly different dynamic which prompted William Grant & Sons in 2007 to build Ailsa Bay on the same Girvan site where Ladyburn had once stood. This time not only were the Grant’s blends (the Family Reserve range and Clan MacGregor), both growing, but so was demand for its two flagship malts Glenfiddich and Balvenie. Pressure on the latter was the main reason for the construction of this eight still, 5m litres per annum capacity site.

After eight years of production, Ailsa Bay's first official bottling as a single malt was a no-age-statement heavily peated whisky released in February 2016. The expression unleashed the full flexibiility of Ailsa Bay's production set up, combining innovative techniques in the way of spirit cut points, vatting, maturation and even 'sweetness measurement'.

AILSA BAY FACTS

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
12
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube (four stainless steel)
FERMENTATION TIME i
60 hours
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
12
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SUPPLIER i
Various
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
5-22ppm
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
70%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
4%
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Onion with boil ball
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
12,000
STILLS i
16
WAREHOUSING i
Racked, palletised
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Onion with boil ball
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
12,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
50,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
24
WATER SOURCE i
Penwhapple Reservoir
WORT CLARITY i
Medium
YEAST TYPE i
Liquid
OWNER

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CURRENT OWNER

William Grant & Sons
2007 - present
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