Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Fox Fitzgerald (FF)
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill and virgin oak
Number of bottles
52.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L1 1409-2017-11
Added on
24 Dec 2017 2:40 pm by yggr
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 196.31

64 × in wishlist

152 × member ratings

233 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Peat's Beast Twenty Five FF

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.05 points

  1. Whiskybilly scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is an Ardbeg! Got the details from an Insider :-)

  2. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ruben said something about it here: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/undisclosed/peats-beast-25-year-old/

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Whether or not this actually is an Ardbeg, you can't argue with the value for money. The virgin oak really doesn't show too strongly, and the - crystalline, super-precise - peatiness is immense for this age.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet and sour, with lots of juicy, resiny oak. Freshly cut twigs and branches. Lemon-doused kippers, autumnal bonfires. Camphor, rosemary, eucalyptus, counterbalanced by a softly fruity sweetness. A briny, greasy, oily aspect. Just what you would hope for in a quarter-century-old Islay malt, plus a bit of pep from the fresh wood. Cleverly done, no complaints.
      Edit: letting it sit in the glass for a while keeps on improving it, which is always a good sign. The smoke just keeps on getting more and more fragrant and aromatic, showing additional nuances every other minute. I'm adding another point.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dark chocolate to start, then it gets pungent, peppery, herbal, with - for lack of a better term - "precise", or "clean" smoke. In other words, not dirty or incongruous, and certainly not overly woody on the palate. A nice late flash of citrus, so it doesn't seem stale or over-aged. Liquorice and burnt, super-dark caramel at the death.
    • Finish
      90 90

      A whole smokehouse. Soft acidity and oak spice.

  4. Dr. J. Russell scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Many thanks to Achim Belza for the great dram that I was able to enjoy with him in the middle of the Corona crisis.

    A wonderfully full whisky, with force, a lot of wood, a pleasant sherry sweetness and the peppery Ardbegnote with an eternally long warm smoky reverberation that extends into the pit of the stomach. Great pleasure

  5. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg, classic ardbeg. Rectilinear, peppery, balanced

  6. TomBx scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    According to an undoubtedly credible staff member of the distillery - it's an Ardbeg!!! And it doesn't taste too dissimilar to their current "Twenty Somethings"...

    Hard to beat at that kind of a price...

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Nice Caol Ila
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Guys, that's not an Ardbeg! At this age you would market it completely differently and sell it at the highest price ...
    For me it has the very subtle phenolic, metallic note of a Caol Isla, which I otherwise don't like, but which is very well integrated here due to the age but is particularly noticeable in the finish. For my palate, therefore, slight deductions, but this is a fine multi-layered drop that is worth the money.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. kaasklop scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Bold smell, bold flavour and an awesome finish!
    • Nose
      91 91
      A peaty citrus smell, well done applepie, Quality cigar, marshmellow campfire
    • Taste
      91 91
      This flavour is so bold and rich! All the flavours come at the same time, sweetness of cognac and sweet fruits, strong peat and lamb chops on the grill. There is a clear influence of the virgin oak cask but it is never overpowering, it gives the pleasant, little bit bitter taste of burned almond.
    • Finish
      92 92
      So good , so long, this sweet and peaty taste will stay with you long after finishing the drink

  10. MGHOW scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    There are multiple bottlings of this with different ABV's.

    The recent bottling tastes like Caol Ila, the previous bottling may have been the Ardbeg.

    I found it good, but typical of Caol Ila, a little mono-dimensional.


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