Airigh Nam Beist
This 16 year old was matured in ex-bourbon casks. The rather ominous 'Airigh Nam Beist' derives from the Scotch Gaelic for 'Shelter of the Beast'. Ardbeg describe this as "Ardbeg Icecream" - we couldn't agree more.
Nose: Weighty and pungent. Big, dark peat notes and creosote. Almost like a burning tire, extinguished with powerful sea spray.
Palate: Full, but, surprisingly, unlike the nose. Full of cereal notes and dry wood with a leafy green quality. Sweet, dark almonds and walnuts and a thick cream, all stitched together with heavy smoke.
Finish: Powerful smoke creeps back in, creamy.
One of the best
I was lucky to get a hold of two Airigh Nam Beist a couple of years ago.
It is truly a perfect whisky with a round smooth smell and body but also with great power.
I would not drink this with any drop of water since it is so matured.
I saved 1 bottle for lather and my perfect wife got hold of 3 more bottles to my collection for my last birthday.
Whey will be enjoyed at special moments.
If you can´t get hold of this wonderful whisky bye Corryvreckan instead it´s more sharp around all edges and not nearly mature compared to Airigh Nam Beist but the best replacement still.
10th October 2014
I've got a lot of Whiskies, and work for an opposition company to Ardbeg aka Moet & Hennessy, however I find it very hard to go past this Whisky as being one of my absolute favourites. I have 2 btls just sitting and waiting. I don't plan to sell, but to drink at a time when they're the only left in the world... with a devious and thankful grin!
2nd December 2013
Got a bottle about half ayear ago and saved it because of its rarity but got my hands on another the other day so getting stuck into this bottle and oh my god what a dram it is.smoother than the 10 and amazing.will make sure i work my way through this one very slowly.
7th February 2013
The best Islay I've tasted.
Wish I had another on my shelf.
Who's running Ardbeg these days?
29th December 2012
Oh I miss it
I can't believe how good this whisky is. Nothing compares!
7th November 2012
I found this similar to the 10yo but much smoother, gentler peat smoke and creamier. A Islay relaxation malt indeed, I Love it. Can be hard to find these days, buy whenever you can find it.
17th September 2011
This is the most pungent 'standard' strength Ardbeg. It's full bodied, peaty, tarry, tobaccoey but not overly ethanolic. If you want big weight without the high alcohol content, this is your dram!