Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
Ex-Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks
47.4 % Vol.
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Bottle code
Added on
24 Mar 2020 10:25 am by RoyC

Average value

€ 46.99

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Wee Beastie

87 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.97 points

  1. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A young, typical and really convincing Ardbeg. The "Wee Beastie" is amazingly round and harmonious despite its tender age. Powerful, oily and creamy on the palate with a nice sequence of flavours typical of Islay as well as sweet and fruity accents. Really drinkable - even after adding a few drops of water: nothing dominates, nothing imposes itself. An all-day dram!

    I thank Moët Hennessy Germany for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      A sweet start on the nose, followed by meaty flavours, BBQ and a good deal of peat smoke. Herbal notes spread, along with pine resin, black pepper and warming wood fire. Over time, sweet again as well as fruity with orange oil and creamy vanilla.
    • Taste
      Powerful start on the palate. Oily, then peppery and warming. Tar oil, aniseed and cloves dominate at first, before sweet notes of vanilla and milk chocolate appear. The sweetness fades away with fine peat smoke towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, oily, spicy and slightly warm with subtle notes of tar, peat, smoke, pepper and a little dry oak. Salty caramel has a pleasant aftertaste.

      With water: By adding a few drops of water, this young Ardbeg becomes stronger and somehow more pungent on the nose with more peat smoke, but also a bit more vanilla sweetness. Prickling and slightly peppery on the palate. Less warming with a touch of peat smoke, but clearly more vanilla sweetness and orange fruit. The finish is of medium length, oily and a bit herbal with fine smoke and some tar oil.

  2. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A 'Monster of a Dram' promised us the outgoing Mickey Heads, it should be a real tongue tingler, Dr Bill lets us know. Wow, plenty of laurels!

    EYE / NOSE
    The beastie looks pale golden in the nosing glass. The malt has now reached the optimum drinking temperature and the glass has a strong, tar-like smoke note, behind it a little vanilla. I arm myself, because the nose, if not particularly complex, promises a violent rush on the taste buds.

    Surprise ... the malt has a pleasantly creamy, warm mouthfeel and looks far less powerful than would have been expected after the very strong nose. The nice thing is, metallic bad notes or similar 'youth sins' are inapplicable despite the young years here. However, I don't feel a strong tingling on the tongue. Smoke and tar dominate the taste. The sweetness from the nose is retained, now looks a bit more herbaceous, which is good for the beastie. However, what I lack a bit, even after several rehearsals, are the fruit notes typical of the Ardge region - citrus aromas, for example, which mostly shape the taste profile and perfectly complement the typical smoke. The finesse comes a little short for my taste, due to the lack of complexity.

    Not particularly long for a young Islay. The tar flavors lie on the tongue, there remains a slightly peppery sharpness and an oily mouthfeel, as well as a dry bitterness that increases with the sips. Further water does not help him, at best it makes him less spectacular because it begins to appear watery.
    All-in-all not a bad dram, especially since the beastie has no bad notes. He honestly didn't really convince me, because he's just a little monster. I had hoped for it more wildly, impetuously, the powerful, 'factory' water addition washed the young savage a little (too) soft for my taste.

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  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Definitely nice, 85/86. At 40 euros a good purchase. Better than the An Oa. It can't compete with the Ten which is more integrated, unless you prefer a clear first fill bourbon influence. Perhaps not a completely fair comparison as the Ten I have open is from a few years ago.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat, apple, vanilla, caramel and a bit of banana.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Peat, apple, wood spice, vanilla, peach and lime.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Peat, apple, peach, caramel, vanilla and spice.

  4. elchingy did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Hey Seashepherd, Ardbeg has killed too many dolphins this year? Seriously? Giving 1 to the wee beastie as well as to the blaaack is just pathetic. Are you confined to one of the Faroe Islands? Were you forced to eat a porpoise steak with Ardbeg sauce?

  5. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Ardbeg with a “5” on the label did not exist yet. Ardbeg certainly did not reinvent the wheel of young Islay smokers - they also followed a similar path with the Very and Still Young NAS whiskys.
    The proportion of older barrels will not be that high, with its pear notes and green branch aromas it brings its youth into your nose, on your tongue and in the finish. You get what you can expect. No more, no less.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A note of smoked pear wedges and pepper, warm apple sauce and strong peat smoke. Anything but shy, rather jostling and straight out. Milk chocolate, more pepper. The youthful pear note weakens over time, is replaced by lime juice and green branches.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Quite strong start with a full load of dry smoke (brand: ashtray overflowing with tipped out), lime juice. Clearly phenolic, warm tar, a little Hansaplast, reminiscent of another south coast distillery. Pear here too, green branches, fresh grass clippings, bitter herbs, hot pepper. Freshly ground coffee beans. Sizzles on the tongue.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The smoke stays for a long, very long time, but since the other aromas - except for a few last young birch branches and one or the other pear note - have quickly thinned out, one should speak of a short finish here.

  6. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Dear whisky friends, the shop links that come with this bottle probably do not have this bottle code, there are three other variants.

  7. Captain Teague scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: slight Sweetnes (Vanilla, Honey) , Apples (Applejuice), herbal, fresh hey, weed, Grapefruit Lemoncake and a maritime note overall multiple layers of smoke ..Taste: Starts Sweet (Vanilla, Honey, intense milkchoclate) maybe not to sweet Oranges, then turns Salty, martiime and Sour (Grapefruit/Lemon) then herbs mix (Can't tell what... weed, oregano, wacholder anis ?? :)) pop in followed by a spiceness (ginger, and Pepper Mix) Smoke definitely everywhere...Finish strong Menthol , smoke and ashtray slight sweetness and slight bitterness stays medium to long....

    Edit: After Resting in the Glass for a while the nose now reminds me of much older Bottlings ( old 17 imo) taste is complete different though - think I have to vat it with the Ten :)

    Great Ardbeg that brings the beastie note (not a big beast but i don't remember finding Peppper (almost a chillie catch) and spices in the other core range expressions) to the Core range - Ardbeg just delivers more complexity (here esp. im the nose) after 5 years than other destilates can ever have! Have you ever been dissapointet after a glass of Ardbeg? I've not and can't say that about many other distilleries (maybe if Laphi would stop their 40% bottlings but until that day...)...

  8. wildhairyhaggis scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Citrus, ripe pear, light smoke, balanced
    • Taste
      74 74
      Lots of smoke, ashes, alcoholic (probably due to youth), fresh, light fruit notes, heather / fresh grass
    • Finish
      76 76
      oily, long finish (lots of smoke), a little fruity (pear, apple), slightly creamy

  9. RJKrueger scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    A perfectly drinkable daily dram for Ardbeg fans. Overall, however, I did not find him as wild as announced.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Fresh in the glass it shows very little aroma (except smoke); with a little more time comes: heath notes, light fruits, some honey in the background; in the background there is also something that does not suit me, maybe some sulfur.
    • Taste
      84 84
      At first there is an amazing sweetness with honey and light fruit (perhaps apricots), then liquorice comes, the typical Ardbeg smoke, bitter notes and the young alcohol strikes.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish is short, as expected, and doesn't add much, spicy and smoky.

  10. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    Smell: The restless kerosene and tomatoes were stirred together frantically. After calming down, a lot of unpleasant smells like wild water pools, rotten vegetables and disinfectant appeared. Finally, some pots could be found at the bottom of the cup.

    Drink: The mouthfeel has a heavy greasy feel and a chewing sensation, and the rough tannins make the mouthfeel very three-dimensional. At the entrance, vegetables and peat crisscross, and tannins and soot stay for a long time.

    Sense: This bottle of Abbe is too young. It is still full of sulfur and sulfur. The fruity taste and the taste of the barrel are difficult to capture. The taste here is a great experience. But the overall score is not high. If I have to talk about the beast, I can only think of the crocodile by the river, surrounded by freshwater grass and moss,


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