Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old Whisky 70cl

Scotch Whisky • 70cl • 47.4%
Product details
Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old
Country Scotch Whisky
Region Islay Whisky
Distillery/Brand Ardbeg
Style Single Malt Whisky

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5yo

Ardbeg's Wee Beastie is a youthful single malt drawn from a combination of ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, bottled up at five years of age. Peaty notes sit at the fore for this one, with oak somewhat taking a back seat, since... Well, y'know, it didn't stay inside those casks for too long. However, don't mistake that for meaning Wee Beastie is an uncomplex expression. It still packs a satisfying flavour profile that should impress many of the Ardbeg aficionados out there.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose There’s sea spray, rock pools, smoked malt and damp bonfire wood initially which waves of sweet and slightly vegetal smoke powers through. Hints of brown sugar, pear drops, a little vanilla and cooked apple add sweetness among notes of spare ribs, lemon sherbet, black pepper and wood shavings. I love this nose, it’s smoky and musty and like standing by a seaside bonfire.

Palate The palate is very pleasantly sweet and salty. Citrus oils and orchard fruits are present along with an unmistakable dark berry tartness which is joined by plenty of damp peat and dry wood smoke. Adding depth there’s pepper steak, creosote and then some touches of clove and liquorice. In the back-end, there’s a juicy sweetness from lychee and peaches as well as just a touch of salted caramel.

Finish The finish is exceptionally long and oily. It’s a bit like sucking on a lemon sherbet and taking a great big whiff of some freshly cut peat, to be honest. While standing on a beach. Lovely.

Winner of 2 spirit awards

Silver
Silver
Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2022
International Spirits Challenge
Bronze
Bronze
Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2022
San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Reviews for Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old
Too unique a flavour for me
Received this bottle as a gift and whilst I am grateful I can't help wondering if its some kind of practical joke. I can't say I'm a connoisseur of obscure malts but this has a nose and taste of coal tar products (itchy scalp shampoo springs to mind).
Can't say I'll risk another drop. Shame really
Master of Malt Customer
one month ago
Beasty Dram
A seriously delicious drop without the serious dough. If you enjoy a peated dram, the Wee beastie hits the spot without exception. Delicious citrus with an ashy presence. Sweet and savory. Ardbeg hit it out of the park with this one .
Aj B , Canada
2 months ago
Love it......
Anyone new to Ardbeg should not be worried about the 'Wee Beastie' moniker; it's a wee smoky puppy but it has all the quality I've come to expect from an Ardbeg. This 5 yr old is a great introduction to Ardbeg and has layers allied to a quiet smooth delivery. Highly recommended given it's accessible price.
David T , United Kingdom
4 months ago
Won't buy again.
Having just enjoyed the excellent Arran's
The Bodega, a relative persuaded me to buy an Ardberg Wee Beastie. This was a mistake as I found it rough, coarse and slightly unpleasant. I have now bought a Glenallchie 12 year old and an Isle of Harris The Hearach by following some proffesional advice.
Michael M , United Kingdom
5 months ago
The Rise of The Beast
Ardbeg has hit it out the park with this one. An excellent price for a savory peated single malt Scotch that stimulates the senses. Fresh citrus with notes of chocolate, caramel sherry and BBQ brisket rub with a a nice long finish. Truly a keeper!
Maxwell R , Canada
5 months ago
Neither here nor there
It's certainly not excellent and while I agree with some of the comments from the reviewer saying it is offensive, I think it is drinkable and I've had worse NAS Islay bottling. It's rough and young and while it has some interesting flavours going on, the overall drinking experience isn't great and I think Ardbeg know this given their marketing blurb suggests using it in cocktails. Perhaps that's its best use: put those interesting flavours with something else that balances them. I don't think I'd buy this again, even if it was ten quid cheaper, unless I can find a good cocktail recipe.
Alistair S , United Kingdom
9 months ago
I got what I was looking for and I am now fully recovered. Top marks.
I wouldn't recognize a true classic Scotch whiskey if I was struck on the head with the bottle. My Americanized taste has had me drinking sissy blends. But now as a grownup I'm branching out, tasting Wee Beastie for the first time.
Nose: peat, fresh pine cuttings, nearby farm animals,
Palate: The palate is very sharp and assaults one's senses. Yellow pine sap and peat clotted boots come to mind, smoke and creosote overwhelm.
Finish: The finish belies the variety of casks and drums this potent spirit rest in.
Upon recovering from the first sip, nay slug, of this special experience, I was unable to put the bottle down.
Master of Malt Customer
9 months ago
Excellent!
Most surprisingly delicious, slightly sweet, but very nice
Master of Malt Customer
9 months ago
Strong, peaty rich and the best.
Very good, real whisky, not synthetic.
The best sipping whisky I've ever tasted.
Very peaty and smoky. I would rather have one bottle of this than two of anything else you would get in Tesco or Asda.
James L , United Kingdom
10 months ago
The Ardbeg 10’s wild younger cousin
It’s smokey, it’s got a harsh edge in terms of taste, but a smooth mouth feel. It’s like the wild younger cousin of the Ardbeg 10 (which is much more tame and smooth in comparison).

Peat monsters will like it, maybe even love it. Others might just want a taste and not a bottle.

Love it for what it is, not what it isn’t. I personally love it (both the lack of smooth and the level of smoke).
Bryan , Canada
one year ago