Ailsa Bay distillery

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Ailsa Bay distillery is a Lowland whisky distillery located in South Ayrshire, Scotland. The distillery is owned by William Grant & Sons.

Ailsa Bay distillery
Region: Lowland
LocationSouth Ayrshire
OwnerWilliam Grant & Sons
Water sourcePenwapple reservoir
No. of stills4 wash stills
4 spirit stills
Capacity12,000,000 liters
WebsiteAilsa Bay distillery

The Ailsa Bay Malt Whisky Distillery was built by the William Grant & Sons company to meet their needs for malt whisky for their blended whiskies.[1] The distillery was built near the site of the Girvan distillery.[2]

It was officially founded in 2007.[3] The opening was attended by Prince Charles in 2009.[4]

In March 2019, Ailsa Bay released a new brand of scotch whisky which was protected with blockchain technology to prevent counterfeiting.[5]

In September 2019, Ailsa Bay released Aerstone, a new brand of single malt scotch whisky.[6] William Grant & Sons says it is aimed at new whisky drinkers that find established single malts like Glenfiddich and The Balvenie “too complex with intimidating choice and language”.[7]


  1. ^ "Ailsa Bay". Retrieved 2023-02-11.
  2. ^ "Ailsa Bay - Scotch malt whisky distillery profile". Retrieved 2023-02-11.
  3. ^ DK (2012). Whisky Opus. Dorling Kindersley. p. 156.
  4. ^ "Ailsa Bay Scotch Whisky Distillery". Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Ailsa Bay Releases Blockchain-Protected Scotch Whisky". Forbes.
  6. ^ Perugini, Chris (2020-01-31). "Review: Aerstone Land Cask and Sea Cask". Single Malt Savvy. Retrieved 2023-02-26.
  7. ^ "William Grant releases Aerstone for new whisky drinkers". Drinks Trade. 2019-09-12. Retrieved 2023-02-26.