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Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old

(70cl, 47%)

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.

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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

Weakest of the lineup

Do yourself a favour and spend a few extra quid for the excellent 10y or Uigedail. Very dissatisfied, insipid.

23rd November 2022


Tastes and smells like a permanent marker

4th November 2022

Not ready to be tasted!

Raw, sharp, upfront smoke bomb with long finish. This malt is not ready to be tasted. Knowing how great the 10 y/o is, I really question why this was released!

20th October 2022

Rough n Ready

Malty on the nose, big peat hit in the mouth, doesn't hang about too long. Fairly harsh, but the taste makes up for it. I'm a fan

18th September 2022

Better than the 10 yo

Plenty of wood, bourbon, and sherry. This 5 yo impresses me. More peat and sweetness, less citrus than the original expression. The alcohol is still a bit sharp. I definitely prever it over the 10 yo, despite its young age. Doesn't hold a candle to Uigedail or Corryvreckan though, but those are from a different price class all together of course.

3rd September 2022

One star - young and just bad

One Star - young and just terrible whisky. I’m guessing the rating is so high as the real reviews are being censored.

22nd April 2022

This is for Firewalkers and Branding Ironed

Feels like what you'd drink before an amputation or going under enemy fire.

14th April 2022

smoky bacon

this is excellent, for the price and age, it makes me really want to explore other young peated malts, and now I have my eye on the 8yr committee release 👀

8th April 2022


All I taste is smoke, it’s good to try so you know what five additional years in a cask are for.

12th February 2022

Magickally Delicious!

This expression from Ardbeg is one of my favourites! Pairing this one with spicy food or dark chocolate is just magick!

7th February 2022

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