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Overall rating
88.90/100
votes
184
Whiskybase ID
WB105493
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Fox Fitzgerald (FF)
Bottled
14.09.2017
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Refill and virgin oak
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
52.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L1 1409-2017-11
Barcode
5010327927794
Added on
24 dec 2017 2:40 pm by yggr
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 235.78

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184 × member ratings

283 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Peat's Beast Twenty Five FF

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.90 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
      L-O-N-G.

      A whole smokehouse. Soft acidity and oak spice.

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

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

    A wonderfully full whisky, with force, lots of wood, a pleasant sherry sweetness and the peppery Ardbegnote with an eternally long warm smoky aftertaste that reaches into the pit of the stomach. Great enjoyment

  5. 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...

  6. Likudi scored this whisky 88 points Shoplink Moderator

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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg, classic ardbeg. Rectilinear, peppery, balanced

  10. Petitcham scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Just released: Ardbeg's signature smoke, strong citrus and spice, just released, well balanced and highly complete

  11. daverdaz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful Ard ..... in top quality at an unbeatable price! Varies between 90P-91P. Today, as the only peated malt at the end of the tasting, he gets 91P

  12. Whiskonaut scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    I don't really care which distillery is behind this whisky. The decisive factor is that it comes across as extremely mature, has a wonderful nose, and also delivers a great taste. It is very balanced and round, with many floral and smoky aromas, and tastes very good even without the addition of water, despite the high Alcohol content. A great whisky, I don't oversee the purchase. Whether it is really worth 180 € ... well ...

  13. 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.

  14. TP-Darknight scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    SMELL intense, complex lush with tar, iodine and sea spray, smoked ham. Freshly fruity with citrus fruits in the background. Great depth and complexity. TASTE a lot of peat, medicinal, rickets, cold ashes. Then olives and sardines. Again complex as in the nose with additional impressions of pesto, tomatoes and dried seaweed. Long finish with cocoa, peat and spices. A masterpiece for Ardbeg connoisseurs.

  15. coldsun scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Flavor has elements of caramel, fresh fruits, berries, vanilla, honey, tiny peat, grapefruit plus smoke, prunes, cacao after tasting. Taste has notes of sweet peat, malt, fresh fruits, spices (pepper, ginger). Finish has notes of peat, smoke, deep spices (long), malt, fresh fruits.

  16. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    20 21 23 22 86 - in winter

    The nose is youthful ... it looks like an Alligator ... the body is not enough, unlike the degree ... good in its simplicity ... sorry but 86

    21 22 21 22 86 - in summer

    this approach was better, but 86 as an enchanted number ...

    22 22 22 22 88
    I have to say that when there is a whole bottle it is certainly different))) No, well, not a classic Ardbeg, like Arinambeysht, but delicious dry whisky

  17. ea teasse scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This is Bowmore 1992

  18. ea teasse scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Peat's Beast 25. 52.2%
    Undisclosed 25 year old Islay malt.
    Finding a 25 year old islay single malt is not the problem in itself. Being able to afford the bottle is another matter. For example, if you look at the Laphroaig 25, it will cost you 400 to 500 euros. The Ardbeg 25, you already count a 1000 euros for that.
    Fortunately, there are also independent bottlers who market the so-called 'undisclosed malts'. These are distillates that are released without a brand name, so that they can be sold for a lower price.
    The Peat's Beast 25 is one of those. Is it Bowmore, Ardbeg or Laphroaig? That is not known. The only difference is that you can find this bottle for under 200 euros. A long time ago Mark Dermul made a review about this and it has been on my radar ever since. Now I was able to get a sample. Here we go.
    • Nose
      Not an aggressive peat bomb. I get salt, orange, lime, wet stones, pepper, apricots… This one has a very nice balance between the typical maritime islay tones and the fruitiness. It's quite complex.
    • Taste
      It is very elegant on the taste. It is a continuation of the nose. It is quite creamy and glides on the tongue. Once again, the smokiness has been nicely tamed by the 25 years of maturation. Although very rich in flavour, it doesn't have the bombshell effect that young Islay whisky usually has. This is not a maritime peat bomb. This is much more sophisticated.
    • Finish
      On the finish I get some more peat, earthy notes, some tar, and some liquorice. Mint and eucalyptus close.

  19. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. DoNotReact scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. SebStar scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. FeydRautha scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  23. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. Ficelli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This whisky made a very good impression on me. In general, I love the feeling of warm smoke in a glass. This is reassuring and warming.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet smoke, very warm, like you are Santa who tried to climb into the chimney to leave a gift, but got stuck, and below they began to make a fire. And you drank a little.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoky tones of smoked green apples, yellow pears, vanilla and even a little eclair. Warm taste.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Warm, smoky, bright and sweet.

  27. KjellRolandson scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    For me, an average Islay single malt. PLV is ok, but I wouldn't buy it because the icing on the cake is missing.
    Note 3

    The argument for a cheap Ardbeg in CS and at 25 doesn't really win me over.
    I'd rather go for the Corry or Uige
    • Nose
      64 64
      At first I thought I had a young Caol Ila.

      Sweet smoke vanilla
    • Taste
      64 64
      Earth, sweet, cold coal smoke.
      Not really complex
    • Finish
      69 69
      Highlight of the whisky

      It stays for a long time and has something of the 10y Ardbeg.

  28. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A few drops of water are good for him ...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  29. riegerjonas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2021-01-23
    • Nose
      Ardbeg sweetness, smoke, spice, salty sea air, campfire, citrus freshness, nuts, caramel, brittle, oak
    • Taste
      smoky, peppery, ashy, slightly sweet
    • Finish
      medium length with peppery dark chocolate, oak seasoning

  30. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  31. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  32. netcorpse scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    This brought me little excitement - maybe I was too hyped.

    The nose is shy for a peat monster.
    The taste is not one-dimensional but I could not decipher it in a meanigful way and chewing it brought heat but no additional dimension.
    It lingers about afterwards for a decent amount of time but what concerns me is that I just didn't feel like having another dram after the first one.

    I was hesitant to open the cool bottle with number 0707 but I am now glad I opened it instead of ordering another bottle of this hyped "Ardbeg". It's not worth the money to me and I do like Ardbeg a lot. I will revisit this to ensure it wasn't a poor daily form on my behalf that caused this

  33. sarthur71 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. toklian scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N22 P21 F21 B22

  35. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  36. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22,5-21,5-22-22, ardbeg aroma, but the taste fails a bit .. and yes, up to 25 years does not last ..

  37. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quite fresh on the nose for 25 years, but - almost inevitably - not youthful. A rather straight nose. The smoke is reminiscent of barbecue. Spicy meat with smoky BBQ sauce. Also citrus notes. And to stick to the topic of barbecuing, maybe something like mango chutney.
    A nice sweetness in the mouth. Candy sugar. Plus a good surge of smoke. Rather herbal and phenolic. A little peach. More peel than pulp. Then pleasant oak flavor and ashy smoke.

    He likes it well. Relatively straightforward, but with depth. Was delicious.

  39. Spiceweasel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  40. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    87 Yummy. It looks like Ardbeg. But for 25 years does not pull.
    Nose: campfire smoke, pepper, smoked meats.
    Flavor: pepper mixture
    Finish: medium-long, pleasant, with a drop of polish.

  41. mds51 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose leaves Laphroaig suspect, taste also towards Laphroaig.

    Amazingly smoky for 25 years.

  42. MaltFond scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    22.23.22.22

  43. toklian scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N 22 P 22 F 22 B 23

  44. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A nice whisky but I remember it being a bit thinner than I would like and also a tad oaky and unbalanced. Not a terrible price though, and if 50 bucks cheaper, I'd probably purchase a bottle.

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