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Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old

(70cl, 47.4%)

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old

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Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5yo Bottling Note

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.

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Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old Reviews

Beastie of a dram!

I love Ardbeg's 10 year old and was very excited to try this latest younger edition of their offerings. If you enjoy a heavily peated smoky Islay malt like I do then this is a must dram. The color is a light golden straw with just a hint of haze. On the nose is a powerful waft of smoke and sea spray with a touch of creamy butterscotch and toffee sweetness. The wonderful peat smoke of Islay explodes on the palate with tarry rope and more sea spray, similar to their 10 year old but even more raw and intense. The sweetness of butterscotch and salted caramel comes through as well, which balances out the intense smokiness very nicely. The finish is extremely long and lingers long after tasting. The whole experience is like enjoying a bonfire on the beach after a day out at sea. Well done Ardbeg for this beastie of a dram!

3rd January 2021

Needs time open to develop it's potential

When I open this it just tatsed raw but having sat open for a month the complexity developed very well. Quite a punch but with a beautiful fruity, slighty lighty oaky but very peaty flavour. For the money not at all bad.

21st December 2020

Brash, in your face, peat experience. Has more going for it than some of Ardbeg's recent NAS releases

As peated whiskeys age, they tend to lose the overwhelming peat flavour and gain complexity; for me, the 10 year old Ardbeg has always been a brilliant trade-off between the two opposing forces. In the case of Wee Beastie, whilst the nose and mouthfeel of the five year old is quite similar to its older stablemate, the iodine is unsurprisingly much sharper and more pronounced and the finish is shorter. But, horses for courses; this one isn't going for the last word in sophistication and those who are in search of a great in-your-face peat experience should find it quite satisfying, and at a great price point.

16th December 2020

Will sit in the bottle until I run out of everything else

Not a fan of this at all. Sounded right up my street and was excited to try it, but found it very disappointing.

25th November 2020

Lovely stuff get some.

This is an exceptional young whisky. Lovely peaty smoky nose oily mouthfeel and sweet at the end. I am impressed. Leave it in the glass for a bit and it gets more interesting . Its Good.

20th November 2020

A good value, tasty malt.

Normally a 10 year old fan but this may relegate my 2nd choice Bowmore 12 year old to 3rd place. Very enjoyable.

11th November 2020

Startling precocity

Back in 2004 Ardbeg bottled a 1998 distilled whisky under the 'Very Young' label. As that spirit aged, two other bottlings came along, but it is the original Very Young bottling that is still very fondly remembered. That bottling came in at a hefty 58.3% and certainly punched its weight. The only question is why have Ardbeg made us wait 16 years to release the 5 YO Wee Beastie? Like it's predecessor, Wee Beastie is a wonderful dram. Naturally there is smoke and peat and all that other good stuff that you expect from an Ardbeg, but with it comes a blast of sweetness that is an absolute delight. I'm fortunate in being able to compare Very Young and Wee Beastie as I have a few drams left of the former, and I have to say that in my opinion, Ardbeg have done it again and produced a dram of startling precocity. This is an outstanding whisky.

4th November 2020

Little bit special

Viable partner to the 10YO, and at around £10 cheaper, a real bargain. Take your time with it.

2nd November 2020

What a suprise, best Ardbeg release in a while!

Really intresting whisky, I can't belive I am the first one that gives a review on this. It tastes like a completly different whisky then the Ardbeg 10 but in a good way!
Still very smoky but if I didn't know it was Ardbeg I would have guessed some NAS Lagavulin.

29th October 2020

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