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Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old Whisky

(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.

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.

Reviews for Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old
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.
, United Kingdom
3 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.
4 months ago
Most surprisingly delicious, slightly sweet, but very nice
4 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.
, United Kingdom
5 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).
, Canada
7 months ago
Offensive, disappointing.
This 'should not have been bottled'. Certainly not @ this price. Gristy like a ball of grist. Dense unpleasant grainy umami, very grainy, very in-your-face. Dirty clay, as someone mentioned below, like grimy city puddles.

I was expecting something much more refined here, where they had, despite the age of the malt, managed to produce something nice and drinkable.
It is not.

This is a peaty, higher abv% Famous Grouse. Nasty.

[@] least the 2022 bottling that I bought was.
Thank you.
8 months ago
Wee firecracker
Had this one with the Ardbeg Monsters of Smoke box. The box itself it worth the lot but if course it’s the whisky the counts.
This is one of many smoked, young whiskies and it really does well. It got the burning car-tyre smoke that makes it stand in its iwn right. It got the youthfulness and darkness and some sweetness in the end and it will take a teaspoon of water well.

It is not a masterpiece as such but it is a real firecracker at its pricetag.
8 months ago
Reminds me of the great Nam Beist
My favourite whisky was always the Nam Beist. But it was never released again, and I have longed for it since. This Wee Beastie if for me a "Very Young" version of the Nam Beist. Really enjoyable!
, Norway
8 months ago
You'll know you've had one!
Sit back, relax and enjoy a wee sip of Wee Beastie! Not for wimps, this is for special occasions with like-minded friends. Peaty and comforting.
, United Kingdom
8 months ago
AR5 wB 47.4% abv
Between the sweet sherry, the * horse radish *, and the smoked and peppered meat notes on the Ar5 here, it is very reminiscent to me of the Ledaig 18.
A younger, simpler version of the modern Mull classic.

Peat is also on the other hand recognizably Ardbeg, the soft mossy character you get in the ten year old.

Save for a whiff of under matured clay-peat, which faded away as it began to breathe in the glass, I find nothing to complain about.
Would put this on level with the 10. The two really do nose and drink very similarly.

8 months ago

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