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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
- It is an Ardbeg! Got the details from an Insider :-)
- Ruben said something about it here: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/undisclosed/peats-beast-25-year-old/
- 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.
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.
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.
A whole smokehouse. Soft acidity and oak spice.
- 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
- Ardbeg, classic ardbeg. Rectilinear, peppery, balanced
- 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...
- Nice Caol Ila
- 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.
- Bold smell, bold flavour and an awesome finish!
A peaty citrus smell, well done applepie, Quality cigar, marshmellow campfire
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.
So good , so long, this sweet and peaty taste will stay with you long after finishing the drink
- 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.