Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
Ex-Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks
47.4 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
10 Mar 2020 9:48 pm by Endezant

Average value

€ 36.40

10 × in wishlist

35 × member ratings

226 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Wee Beastie

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.72 points

  1. koraykaan scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    I have spent some time on this whisky and found interesting flavors that I have enjoyed. Youthness is adding value to this dram.

    Overall I can say that it is a good whisky but price point will make it hard to justify not buying the 10 year old or AnOa or Uigeadail which you can sometimes find for $55.

    I have commented more here if you are interested
    • Nose
      Starts with vegetal peat. Apple pie, ashy, damp earth notes appear and they later join with metallic, burnt plastic, asparagus oil and vanilla.
    • Taste
      A strong start with vanilla. Black pepper, toasted oak, cinnamon bark, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      A balanced medium-long finish with white peppers, tarry notes, dry Riesling traces.

  2. hsmithjr scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat and black pepper right away. Salt biscuits. Moss, algae on the river, wet logs, and old fireplace. Followed by string malt, vanilla and some honeycomb. Faint lime zest.
    • Taste
      Not as aggressive at first, but it builds fast. Peaty and hot! Jalepeno and poblano peppers. Chocolate chip cookies, mint, ginger, and fennel. Warm quince preserves. More of that lime zest.
    • Finish
      Long, bitter, and spicy. Smoky, but sweet. Ripe honeyed pears. White chocolate mousse. After it has gone down, a few more moments, and I get white pepper on the tongue.

  3. Ganga scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I had not idea what I was going to get from this. I anitipated that I would have this overwhelming young peat monster. Nope.

    The nose is soft and very fruity. Like an intense version of new make yet not heavy on the alcohol. The malt comes in over the top.

    On the palate, initially you get the heavy oak char but then everything seems to mellow. Nice oiliness that I haven't seen in Ardbeg in awhile. Fruit is present.

    Finish is long and thick. Definitely Ardbeg.

    At the price point, it is very good whisky. Enjoy.

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    It’s alright, but falls short of being great. I like the savoury and coastal notes, and the mouthfeel was better than I expected, but with the strong tartness, short finish, and that chalky note, it’s maybe a bit rough. The rich, earthy, meaty notes that I love in Ardbeg seemed just a bit anemic. I did pour a glass of the 10 to compare with this, and I could really tell how much richer and fuller the 10 was. Wee Beastie just doesn’t have quite the same depth. It’s hard to live up to the other excellent standard releases in the Ardbeg range, let along other young heavily peated whiskies from Kilkerran, Kilchoman, Bunnahabhain, and Bruichladdich. I personally will stick to buying the 10 to fill this niche in my cabinet.

    Nose: Bright and clear, familiarly Ardbeg. Tide pools, seaweed, bonito flake, and earthy peat. Tart notes of lemon juice and rice vinegar. Roasted peanuts. A fair bit of chalk and rock quarry dust. Something like pen ink.

    Palate: Medium texture, lightly oily. Bright and lemony up front, with a bit of stonefruit and some Granny Smiths. Smoky seared beef, mushrooms, soot, black pepper, and clayey earth on the development. Some fragrant bay leaf and dried thyme.

    Finish: Short and tart. Smoldering moss, lemon-lime, cilantro, bloomed dark chocolate, and tonkotsu broth. Just a little bit of tomato paste. Lingering mild sooty smoke.

  5. thebonewolf scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    They released a respectable, low age statement expression that I think will help catalyze that trend toward transparency. It’s certainly young, but this shows that isn’t always bad.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Earthy smoke, vegetal, briny, butter cookie.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Herbal, salty, ashy.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long. Charred meat/jerky. Salty, but less than the taste. Vague sense of sweetness.


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