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Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Overall rating
83.98/100
votes
1725
Whiskybase ID
WB152827
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
19.03.2020
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
47.4 % Vol.
Size
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Bottle code
L2380861
Barcode
5010494961577
Added on
24 mar 2020 10:25 am by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 44.06

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Wee Beastie

205 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.98 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!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/04/01/ardbeg-5yo-wee-beastie/
    • 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. 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.

  3. 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.

    PALATE
    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.

    FINISH / CONCLUSION
    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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  4. elchingy did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    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. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    I'm not a huge Ardbeg fan, but this youngster was decent enough to write a review. Earthy and mineral notes hit the nose, almost like a horse stable. The peat is gentle, enriched by pears, white pepper and a touch of Parmesan. On the palate, vanilla and honey are the first to arrive, followed by menthol, kippers and lemon zest. Leafy peat smoke, herbs and a touch of brine migrate into the medium finish. This malt is better than I expected!

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The Ardbeg Wee Beastie is a welcome addition to the core range.
    • Nose
      Sweet fruits (overripe bananas come to mind), vegetal peat smoke and hints of cracked black peppercorns. A whisper of resin, licorice and star anise as well.
    • Taste
      Thick and oily and surprisingly gentle for such a young Ardbeg. It's a peat bomb for sure, but then again, it isn't? Powerful and rich, yet restraint. Sorry, I'm not making much sense. Peaty, peppery, ashy, but also freshly cut grass and menthol. A satisfying sweetness underneath it all, highlighted by caramelised bacon.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, soft touches of cinnamon. Medium to long.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/22/outside-the-box-from-armagnac-to-ardbeg/

    If this had been an annual release accompanied with all the bells n whistles marketing flannel and a bumped-up price tag, I’d have ignored it. But it’s affordable, available [in Europe but not the UK yet ?!?], and its got an age statement. ‘Brave’, some say. I agree, and yet 5yo whisky has been around for decades. A common sight on the whisky landscape of the 1960s-80s, Scotch with a 5yo age statement was a regular feature for distilleries such as Auchentoshan, Balblair, Caperdonich, Glenburgie, Glenesk, Glenfarclas, Glen Flager, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Glen Scotia, Tomatin, Tullibardine,…. and many others. Modern examples include Bunnahabhain [Staoisha], Octomore [05.1], Gelston’s, Hinch, Akashi,… Whisky with a 5yo age statement isn’t a new manoeuvre. We’ve just had to endure a number of heavy marketing/NAS/anti-disclosure years to get back to where we were.

    So how is the Ardbeg? Very pleasing. This smells and tastes like the ingredients its made of – toasted malted barley and sweet vegetal peat smoke. All good so far.

    And the ‘wee’ [47.4%] punch? I find it decidedly relaxed. Also, there is no neck pour issue, but again, we are outdoors which must be having quite an effect.
    The form is measured and overall, it’s clean but not clinical.

    C: Another good move from Ardbeg. Really impressed with this wee 5yo. I don’t think peeps will be disappointed.
    [Provisionally scores 85 poitns]

  9. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Thanks to kfhakan for the sample.
    I've been truly disappointed by the latest cask experiments and Ardbeg-Day releases of late, so Lord and behold, this is the best "new" Ardbeg I have tasted in a long time.
    • Nose
      86 86
      There's no hiding that this is rather young, but then it says so right on the label. Thanks Ardbeg!.
      As such it is not particularly complex, but it holds what you expect from a young Islay in generous measures.
      Sweet peat, licorice, smoked meat.
      It lays down the grounds for great expectations in taste.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Not quite the Beast expected by the nose, but it doesn't disappoint.
      It arrives peppery and spicy. The 47,4% is perfect in carrying the bold flavours.
      Simple but rich with a nice thick mouthfeel.
      Peat, tar, dark bitter chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      There's no drop off, the spice and peat just fades slowly in a long finish.
      This is good whisky at a good price.

  10. Feis_ile scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 51 points Connoisseur

    Nose started out decently enough but fell off with time in the glass. This should not have been made IMHO. Acrid and foul for my tastes. There is much better Ardbeg than this.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      46 46
    • Finish
      33 33

  12. marcusjang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Although this will not be my first pick among Ardbeg core range bottles - the honour will go to either Uigeadail or Corryvreckan depending on the mood - I feel this youngster easily earns the place among them. More in line with An Oa than Ten, with a young and fruity Oloroso influences here and there.
    • Nose
      Lemon candy, sea breeze, bonfire, vegetal peat smoke, slightly spicy, black peppers, wet rock
    • Taste
      Vanilla, mineral, grilled oranges & blueberries, vegetal smoke, demerara sugar, some spices, creosote
    • Finish
      Roasted barley, mineral, lemon rind, vegetal peat, tar, slight tobacco, slightly spicy, coastal air

  13. Collegiate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Starts off young and too sharp. Practically unidentifiable as Ardbeg. The addition of some water though really unlocks this one and makes it shine. It helps bring out those typical smoky and sweet notes I expect in an Ardbeg. Bourbon barrel vanilla flavours also come to the forefront. The finish gets into medicinal territory.

    This dram really benefits from the adding of water, which I find unusual as I tend to prefer even stronger Ardbegs like Corryvreckan and Uigeadail at full proof. Not a replacement for the super solid 10yo, but a worthy bottle to add to the lineup.

  14. karloff scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    I have just finished a bottle of the Ten and this being half it's age isn't a million miles away.
    It's a decent young peated whisky at a reasonable price.
    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    • Nose
      82 82
      A typical Ardbeg nose but this one has added tar.
      It's not that much of a beast on the nose that's for sure.
      Normally the younger ones are bit more potant but this is mid table.
      Light fruit notes and tinned tuna.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Wee Beastie, Beastie's Wee, Balrog's Piss.
      You can see where I was going there ;)
      The taste is a lot more potant than the nose and those fruit notes are a lot more detectable.
      Yeah this little dog has a big bite.
      It just seems to be lacking a little something but can't be too critical really.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Quite a long finish and a nice aftertaste of salted cured meats. Some sweetness on the death.

  15. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Photo Moderator

    I don't like the butterscotch
    • Nose
      82 82
      Vanilla, dry hay, peat, smoked ham, little iodine, little medicinal, caramel, burned sugar, hints of butterscotch
    • Taste
      80 80
      Punchy, little peaty, little sweetness, little vanilla, more butterscotch
    • Finish
      76 76
      Medium long, warm

  16. Captain Teague scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: slight Sweetnes (Vanilla, Honey) , Apples (Applejuice), very herbal, fresh hey, weed, Grapefruit Lemoncake and a maritime note overall multiple layers of smoke and some burnt rubber..

    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...)...

  17. 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

  18. RJKrueger scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

  19. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 78 points Expert 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,

  20. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  21. dewo scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg Ten or Ardbeg 5 wee beasty
    The question does not arise to me.
    I am a fan of the Ardbeg TEN and as a smoker I love the corners and edges of the standard whisky from Moet Hennessy.
    You love him or you hate him.

    Now the "little brother" is on the market with only half the time in barrel storage and should remain a standard in the future and be offered permanently in the range.
    It comes a little stronger with 47.4% and promises a different direction, as it not only matured in ex-bourbon barrels like the TEN, but also has in Oloroso sherry casks.
    Ardbeg's PR department writes about a “peaty beast”
    • Nose
      84 84
      The color is golden straw.
      The beast that was announced apparently has no teeth, at least missing the suspected boom that a beast would have.
      Restrain, the smoke comes from the beginning, but a very fruity, almost floral note builds up over it.
      Very sweet, citrus notes, with lychee and light berry aromas. Slightly spicy white wine notes and pear and banana fruit notes.
      The typical Ardbeg phenol is light on the nose, but not annoying.
      The smoke becomes more of a bacon note and pleasant with spicy wood aromas.
    • Taste
      83 83
      In the mouth it is very demanding and not easy.
      Here you notice the approach of a beast.
      The alcohol doesn't bother at all. But quickly becomes bitter on the palate with fruity notes and a little bit of dark chocolate.
      Now the phenol note comes through completely and spreads slightly on the palate.
      The young, not quite finished whisky shows the teenager.
      I think that describes it quite well.
    • Finish
      79 79
      On the finish, unfortunately, very briefly slightly fruity.
      Becoming a little creamy with a dark chocolate note.
      After that, only smoke and wood wort that remains for a long time.

  22. edmichels scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    straight forward.....

  23. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Alright, the little beast. Ardbeg, guaranteed five years, that is expressly emphasized. And that's only half of the iconic Ardbeg 10, which remains one of the classic Islay whiskys ever. But why not jump on the train that the others have put on the rails: Peated whiskys also work with a few years of aging, the smoke conceals a lot of the young aromas that are often annoying with other whiskys. Bottled at 47.4% vol. (Random, roll of the dice? Don't think about it!) and matured in Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks. This is definitely interesting.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      Islay South Coast with a fair amount of rotting kelp on fire. But the whole thing is sweet, the kelp is caramelized, there's a good amount of malt sugar in it. Block malt with a fermenting fruit and a few sprigs of kelp. It's not mature, it's rough and simple - but it's Islay!
    • Taste
      Yes, the whisky works and tastes good, even with the short maturation period. But it's basic, it has no depth and is generally carried by a bitter note that the wood has not yet subtracted from the whisky. On the other hand, it does have some fruity-sweet notes that could come from the sherry, even if the sherry share is not very noticeable overall. At the end of the day, we should enjoy whiskys that have a little more maturity and depth. And at the end of the day maybe a small, stinky beast after all.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is bitter with metallic aspects, but lacks depth and elegance. But of course the smoke also ensures long-lasting flavors in the mouth. This is basic Islay South Coast - and sometimes you need that too.

      The whisky is ok. Do you need him? Isn't the 10-year-old perhaps a little more mature? Is he. The Wee Beastie is a tough chum from the Isle of Islay - but there are plenty of those. With Distillery mention, undisclosed, blinded. It's a nice whisky and it has Ardbeg genetics. It must be enough.

  25. oleg.wx scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Immature, worse then (new) Ten, foreground sour peat, wet dog, grainy... Still drinkable. Don't keep open bottle for too long air destroy it pretty fast.

  26. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Young and feisty, not so much my cup of tea nowadays. Good distillate saves the day, plus kinda weak TEN lately (sadly). I'd rather spend a few bucks more for Ledaig 10 tbh.

  27. Coldorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Review taken from my blog: https://moredramslessdram.com/2020/07/19/ardbeg-wee-beastie-vs-ten/

    Wow, only five? There’s a great complexity for such a young age, though it’s a very wee beastie, it’s not a monster of a dram scratching your face off. But the most important things are here: great nose, great taste, good price (at RRP, about £36-38), and more transparency than usual for a very young whisky. Definitely getting a bottle to join my Ardbeg shelf and the rest of the core range as soon as I can.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Immediately, peat and solvent (white spirit) appear on the nose. There are also sherry notes, and you can immediately recognize an Ardbeg, it really has the Ardbeg DNA. Malt and hops give out craft-beer notes. Then peat comes stronger with freshly poured tar, decaying plants, fire smoke and cold ashtray. There is also a fresh fruitiness with plum and pear, and pine resin.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The arrival is thick and oily, with dry smoke and spices (pepper, ginger). The expected citrus is present, completed by aniseed and salt. The ex-Oloroso casks bring dark chocolate and raisins, while the peat brings wood char and a cold fireplace in the morning.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, peppery and citrusy (blood oranges), coal smoke and dark berries.

  28. Leon Fal scored this whisky 63 points Expert Senior

    unbalanced, too much woodflavour.
    It's like they did seven finishes with it.
    If you want Ardbeg, you want peat on the foreground, not the woodflavours.

  29. Spoerkel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  30. Obynapewno scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Lots of smoke, campfire charcoal, sweetness, vanilla, rotten bananas, smoked meat, some herbs
    • Taste
      80 80
      ashtray ash, tobacco, smoke, wood, herbs, bitterness, leather
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium, smoky, woody, pepper

  31. Petitcham scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    the octomere feel diluted with water

  32. magic_slim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Color: White Wine

    Good young and cheap everyday plated whisky. A little disappointing in my opinion.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Intensively peaty at first nosing.
      Besides the obvious peat smoke and tar there are citrus aromas, notes of wet wool and brine.
      Typical Ardbeg. Lovely.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Young and spirity at first mouthfeel. The taste is a little bit thin and not intensive. Smooth - no beast at all.
      Slightly sweet, dominated by notes of peat smoke, ashes, camphor and pepper. There is also a little bit of lemon and melon aroma.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long and smooth.
      Peat smoke, cold ashes, camphor, lemons and eucalyptus. Some oaky notes in the aftertaste,

  33. FeydRautha scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  34. Ashita scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Young, strong and spicy. Great for Chinese food
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  35. Dogs2 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A bit fresh at first, but soon turns into sweet smoke, fresh tar, hints of pear and vanilla. The taste is warm smoke, strong, honey, slightly fresh and tingling with cubeb pepper (peppercorns with style and a slight hint of mint), cocoa rather slightly bitter. Long finish, mild fruit, then a little peppery-minty again.
    All in all not a bad whisky, the indication of the age at 5 years pleases.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. AleMuse25 scored this whisky 65 points Member Senior

    spicy, pepper, chili peppers, searing

  37. dan_o_b scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Bought in lockdown in 2020. Excellent value for money and bold of the distillery to put a number on a bottle rather than their usual coyness around their annual releases. Characteristic Ardbeg. On balance the 10 is better, more rounded and additional complexity but still a good dram.

  38. Noname_Drinker scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Recommend adding a drop of water during the tasting to get the differences (Less intense when nosing, more flavours when drinking.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  39. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. lucero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  41. bankimate scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  42. hzs275 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  43. Vince scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An interesting one. Quite ashy but little alcohol burn on the nose. Sweet on the palate with some seaweed. Fairly simple but enjoyable. Clearly less developed than the 10.

  44. nilofant scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A young Ardbeg with age statement - brave but cool!
    The whisky totally picked me up and it has a great PLV.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The Wee Beastie is significantly less smoky than I expected. I drink this undiluted. A sweet smell of honey and maybe some depth of dark caramel comes through the nose with some smoke and some pepper. This Ardbeg also has a light tar aroma in my nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is also surprising. There is more smoke in the taste than in the smell, but the Ardbeg is sweet and round in taste. Fresh spices can be found in the aroma, a light note of aniseed and pepper is also well integrated here. 5y w ith over 47% I would have expected a much less round "in the face". This one doesn't have that at all.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is long and it was oily, the smoke and the sweetness go down the palate. There is also a slightly drier wood note here.

  45. Whisky1420 scored this whisky 100 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sea spray, rock pools, smoked malt, brown sugar, pear drops, vanilla, cooked apples, lemon sherbet and black pepper
    • Taste
      Citrus, orchard fruits, dark berrys, damp peat, dry oak, and salted caramel
    • Finish
      Lemon sherbet, peat and sea air

  46. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    This is my first run in with the Wee Beastie, and from all the marketing and hype, I expected something less refined with more blunt force.

    It is absolutely not a disappointment, though. This is easily one of the most enjoyable, commercially available, young whiskies that I've come across. Especially at £33.

    It's impressive how the Beastie encapsulates the essence of Ardbeg (and to a wider extent Islay) with such a short time in the casks, all while being very drinkable.

    It does have a slight lack of complexity, in that I found most of the flavours and textures available up front in the nose, which then delayed and develops along those set lines all the way through the palate and finish. This might be a let down in another whisky, but here it is a promise kept and very pleasant journey through the hallmarks you might expect.

    The nose is unmistakably peat forward, with a sweet and savoury back bone, before a little fruit surfaces. Later, sour, oceanic and vegetal salt become more dominant, reflecting more of the medical and shoreline profiles.

    On the palate the sweetness hits first, overlaying the citric zest and multi-herb-infused meat. Warmth and spice follow, but it's never too hot or as spiky as I was expecting.

    The finish is a fade down of most of the flavours, leaving persistent salty smoke and a tingling semi-sweet menthol.

    Loved it.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet malt and umami peat smoke, dried apple, red grape, tart medicinal resin, samphire
    • Taste
      86 86
      Confectionery sugar and iodine fumes on the tongue. Caramelised honey on barbecued lamb seasoned with lemon zest, sea salt, rosemary, fresh lemon thyme, spearmint, tarragon and, spice via ginger black and white pepper and a little birds-eye chili
    • Finish
      84 84
      A continuation of the palate ending on a smoky, meaty and slightly mineral salinity with a touch of eucalyptus

  47. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    In the age of no age statement whiskys, bottlings with an age statement of less than 10 years are rare. Bottlings with a declared age of 5 years are even rarer. The fact that Ardbeg is taking this step shows that they are very confident in their cause with the Wee Beastie despite their young age. And I think they are rightly so. Anyone expecting a mature, balanced and smooth malt will certainly be disappointed here. But it is precisely the wild youth that characterizes this bottling and inspires fans of smoky and intense Islay Malts.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/ardbeg-wee-beastie/
    • Nose
      Taking off in the nose is like a slap in the face, but in a good way. The smoke is immediately very present with a campfire smoked ham aroma, but also immediately lets through sweet and fruity notes. The alcohol tickles your nose. This evokes associations of maritime notes such as fresh, salty sea air. The fruitiness is light and fresh with notes of citrus and dark, tart berries. But there are also tart and spicy notes that remind me of tobacco, herbs, ginger and bittersweet oak. As the smoke recedes a little over time, the sweet and fruity notes of caramel and fruit come to the fore a little more.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the attack is also strong. I feel a slight tingling on the tip of my tongue. The smoke is dominant and only tentatively lets other aromas through at first. Then it becomes sweeter and fruitier. The herbs and tobacco can also be felt along with a good dose of oak. The spiciness of the oak builds in the mouth over time.
    • Finish
      The oak is now the dominant impression along with the smoke. The departure is comparatively short due to the young age. The smoke lingers a little longer than the oak.

  48. og187 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Copita Glass
    • Nose
      85 85
      Recognizable profile of dysteleria, goat pen, peat, goat (sheep cheese), wool, somewhere in the distance a fruit motif, and so creosote, iodine, algae
    • Taste
      86 86
      Watery, but the body is present, sherry is not audible, bourbon profile is vanilla, citrus, but the power of the island dominates
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smoke, peat, power, pressure - ardbeg

  49. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This Ardbeg polarizes, for only 5 years top !!!
    • Nose
      Heavy smoke , ash , tar , background ripe fruit
    • Taste
      Heavy smoke , pepper , chocolate
    • Finish
      Medium to long with smoke and tar

  50. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    This is my first run in with the Wee Beastie, and from all the marketing and hype, I expected something less refined with more blunt force.

    It is absolutely not a disappointment, though. This is easily one of the most enjoyable, commercially available, young whiskies that I've come across. Especially at £33.

    It's really very impressive how the Beastie manages to encapsulate the essence of Ardbeg (and to a wider extent Islay) with such a short time in the casks, all while being very drinkable.

    It does have a slight lack of complexity, in that I found most of the flavours and textures available up front in the nose, and that they then expand and develop along those set lines all the way through the palate and finish. This might be a let down in another whisky, but here it is a very pleasant journey through the hallmarks you might expect.

    The nose is unmistakably peat forward, with a sweet and savoury back bone, before a little fruit makes itself known. Later, sour and oceanic, vegetal salt become more dominant, reflecting more of the medical and shoreline profiles.

    On the palate the sweetness hits first, overlaying the citric zest and multi-herb-infused meat. Warmth and spice follow, but it's never too hot or as spiky as I was expecting.

    The finish is a fade down of most of the flavours, leaving persistent salty smoke and a tingling semi-sweet menthol.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet malt and umami peat smoke, dried apple, red grape, tart medicinal resin, samphire
    • Taste
      86 86
      Confectionery sugar and iodine fumes on the tongue. Caramelised honey on barbecued lamb seasoned with lemon zest, sea salt, rosemary, fresh lemon thyme, spearmint, tarragon and, spice via ginger black and white pepper and a little birds-eye chili
    • Finish
      84 84
      A continuation of the palate ending on a smoky, meaty and slightly mineral salinity with a touch of eucalyptus

  51. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The Ardbeg Wee Beastie is the latest addition to the range.
    Good value 5 year old Islay. Untamed smoke, tar, pepper and dark chocolate.

  52. Matthias80 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at the Zurich Wiskyschiff in Puls 5. Maybe you're used to too much good from Ardbeg, it's also the young start, since I've just opened the Uigeadail, the little beast doesn't have it so easy...
    • Nose
      Fruity with citrus, zest and apple. Naturally smoky, dry smoke
    • Taste
      Here comes the smoke...
      Also present: Ripe apple, citrus notes, somewhat oily
    • Finish
      Smoke, citrus and zest, a little spice

  53. Goethe scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Quite a nice Ardbeg bottling at a you age. Not as mature as the Ten, but tasty after all.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Peat, sweet (some unripe fruits), salted caramel, citrus, wet hay, methol.
    • Taste
      Peat, salt, creamy citrus, woody apples, vanilla tar.
    • Finish
      Peat, licorice, wet barley, vanilla.

  54. Roley scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  55. Jarne scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Third post and the final one of 2021. What a year it has been. A year full of good & bad news, lockdowns and whatnots, but most all discoveries. This post is devoted to probably one of the most surprising discoveries I made this year, the @ardbeg wee beastie.

    Some information on the bottle:
    - Category: Single Malt
    - Distilled by: @ardbeg
    - Bottled By: Distillery
    - Bottled in 2020
    - Age: 5
    - Alcohol: 47.4%
    - Color: 0.6 (Old Gold)

    Tasting notes:
    Nose: A sweet start immediately followed by meaty flavors and a good deal of peat smoke. After letting it rest for some time, herbal notes begin to spread together with notes of orange and vanilla.

    Palate: Powerful start, comes on strong with tastes of vanilla and pepper, later comes the hefty peaty flavors.

    Finish: Medium long, peat and spices all around with an ending that reminds me of salted caramel.

    Overall rating: 79

    Final thoughts: Despite its young age, only 5 years, it is a well rounded whisky that perfectly fits the Islay profile. Oily on the mouth and easy going after some sips. Surely a welcome addition to each and every peat - lover's collection. (Duck not included).

    Used scale:
    00-10 | My face just imploded
    10-19 | Drain pour
    20-29 | Serious flaws
    30-39 | Flaws or mixing grade
    40-49 | Flawed, or poor quality
    50-59 | Average | Some flaws but acceptable
    60-69 | Good
    70-79 | Above average
    80-89 | Well above average
    90-95 | Outstanding
    95-100 | Nectar of Gods

    You can follow my adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewhiskyreviewer/

  56. WGRler scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    10 points for appearance, 50 points for aroma, taste and finish. 12 points for price / performance

  57. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    In short: the Ardbeg 10 resemblance is prominent. Fresh, peaty, a little rough, still complex and well balanced despite its young age. Kudus to Ardbeg for avoiding the NAS-trail at such a low age.

  58. yarikovsky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  59. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very respectable Ardbeg, I was really surprised by the robustness of the flavors. Definitely one of the better standard OB in the market.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  60. Diodurus scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

  61. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Young, fresh, powerful. Peat smoke. Pepper, spices. Medium to long finish. A little rough, but still good stuff. Cudos for putting an age statement.

  62. DistiLesha scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Indistinct whisky, I could not understand it.
    Quite heavy, I don't want to use the word fusel, immature alcohols. And still young and immature.
    From the pros: it does not crumble, but on the contrary, opens up in the air, both in aroma and in taste. Phenols show up like a pattern on the glass.
    • Nose
      Harsh, pungent, burnt grass, gouache, phenols, peppermint-free pepper, cut sedge.
      In the air, it gains depth, and also moves ours to the barnyard with sheep.
    • Taste
      Sweet (sweetness 7 out of 10), phenols, creosote, peat, smog, assorted fruits, citruses, vanilla, pepper, tannins.
      Too prickly and alcoholic, even aeration does not save him.
      After breathing, woodiness, hemp, sweetness are revealed.
      The water soothes the bristling beast, but exacerbates the situation with phenolics and tannins.
    • Finish
      Quite scarce: phenols and acidity.

  63. Carlos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Ardbeg, young and wild but already balanced and relatively smooth for an Ardbeg.

  64. WhiskyRanked scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not as sophisticated as its older siblings, but definitely worth the MSRP.

  65. uap304 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    For what this is, it's a really great option. Kudos to Ardbeg for giving us that classic Ardbeg-giness at a much more approachable price point! Not really a "beastie," not really complex, not really a "daily dram," but definitely interesting and enjoyable. P.S.: might be sacrilege, but this makes a damn fine Rusty Nail as well.
    • Nose
      Fruity and honey-sweet. Citrus grapefruit. Vanilla, savory, herbal. Brine and coastal notes, and even a bit of petrichor. Pretty light smoke and delightfully young.
    • Taste
      Thin. Light peat. Peppery and herbal with savory flavor. Becoming more sweet and refreshing with a vanilla element.
    • Finish
      Warming finish. Sour/bitter, vanilla again. As the finish develops you get a salty note that just continues to grow and eventually joined by some milk chocolate notes. No cask influence or oaky notes whatsoever!

  66. Killswitch scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  67. Saftkenner scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Overall, very interesting to try what Ardbeg can get out of five years. But nothing more than that. The Oloroso barrels contribute to an astonishingly complex aroma on the nose. After that it goes sharply downwards. I won't be able to get used to the palate and finish. Nevertheless, I think the expansion of the range with this 5 series is very welcome.
    • Nose
      84 84
      20 minutes in the glass is very good for him and he almost completely loses its non-round character (towards fruit brandy).
      Then a beautifully impetuous, maritime-fresh smoky nose. Like a wooden hut on the beach where a fire was once made and the wind has meanwhile carried the spray in through the window. In addition, vanilla and actually cherries, overripe apples, light citrus notes, pear, cloves, light oak spice.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Quite spicy and also a little out of round on the palate. Anise, liquorice, lemon, ashtray, tar, linoleum, bitter Swedish herbs, a little menthol, a hint of pear.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Medium-long finish. Tar, tannins, burnt herbs, ashes.

  68. VB_Whisky scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

  69. andrii_nahornyi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  70. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I wish more distilleries would bottle a young, feisty malt like this, rather than non-descript NAS bottles or young malts that have been smothered under the influence of wine casks.

    None of that here. This is honest, bourbon-matured, Islay Whisky. And for a normal price as well. Hallelujah.

    Typical Ardbeg, but slightly lighter and fresher than the 10 year old. Apples, citrus, seaweed, tar, peat and more peat. Lovely, easy drinking stuff.

  71. ea teasse scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Long doubted to buy this. Finally gave in and I am very satisfied. Not as heavy as you might think. There is quite a bit of balance. It remains an Ardbeg and in the aftertaste you can encounter quite a bit of tar. But, I expected a beast, relentless, and it isn't. It really does have substance.

  72. MarcinCh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Heavy peat. Smoking. Smoked or grilled and even slightly charred meat. Tar, asphalt. There is a little spice, slightly noticeable alcohol. Definitely a meat nose.
    • Taste
      Lots of heavy peat, rather dry, although then some sweetness comes out. Spices, slight spice on the tongue. Tar, asphalt still present.
    • Finish
      A hit of heavy tarry peat. Then sweetness, caramel. A pinch of spices, but not much spice. A little salt. Medium-long. After a long time, traces of mint appear.

  73. Don Cassi scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Typical Ardbeg, very maritime, ashy and sweet. A little rougher and more angular than its brothers, like an unripe fruit.

    I tend to stay with the more mature siblings.

    Grade: 2

  74. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 21, finish 22, balance 22

  75. fnk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Ambiguous reviews, from what I read on different platforms, forums, groups ... I think the point here is how to level the malt, as a separate original drink, or in comparison with 10 and other distillery releases .. Personally, I'm no worse than 10, so far ... the review is not final!) Purely mathmatically, it would be better if this malt was much cheaper for 10. Like 10 years / 2 = 5 years, also with the price)) Well, of course, such tricks will not work. But the plus would be good in the direction of the animal.

  76. Roger_Kreft scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    The nose has many things i like about a whisky, the taste and the price are good (after it dropped, the release price was a little high). Would score it higher if the finish was not this dirty and tar-smoked. This is a little much for my taste.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is the star with this whisky. Its smokey, fruity and has a lot buttery vanilla and caramel.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is tar-smoke and fruit and vanilla again. Taste is a little bit young, but this makes it fresh. Misses the buttery-ness of the smell that i like.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Lets say you taste nothing else when you had this dram. The whisky stays with you for hours. Cold, dirty smoke and tar for the rest of the evening!

  77. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Pungent peat. Less complex than the Ten, but more aggressive. Some spices, turmeric, chili, paprika. Meat well grilled but still rare. Algae are very present. Little iodine, we are more at the edge of a brackish pond than on the beach. Nice wispy smoke typical of the distillery. Behind, a certain sweetness, it is almost honeyed, pine thorns, wood resin. Eucalyptus. The peat intensifies and we enter grim lands. Coal, sticky soot, thick mud, gas oil. It is stormy. It balances out after a while, with a hint of fruit, ripe apricot, grapefruit. But it was only a lull, the peat resumes, with a powerful breath that carries. This is what I call the Ardbeg Blast. Mangrove, reeds, banana leaves. On the palate, slight bitterness, it is still very vegetal, but also slightly spicy, peppery. Juniper. Really long finish, but not as strong as usual with this distillery, Batavia, chlorophyll, lamb's lettuce. Carbonaceous evanescence, terracotta.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/07/ardbeg-wee-beastie-5-yo.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  78. jykoo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Well develop than i expected.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Medium intensity, bright flora note, smoke, citrus note but not much, green apple, a bit aokiness. white pepper.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Medium + intensity, oily
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium + finish, the sweetness and oiliness stay long

  79. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Officially young Ardbeg is here, but this taste is already familiar if you've had Uigeadail lately, since that whisky's been full of young distillate tastes for years. I suppose we could call this one Wee Yeasty, because that's what too young Ardbeg tastes like.
    • Nose
      Some linoleum and marine vibes are the only thing that differentiates this from any young peater. It's kind of shocking to see an extremely characterful distillate reduced to this level of blandness. Medicinal herbs, barbecue fats, and this clear warm yeasty note that speaks of young distillate.
    • Taste
      Plain flat on the tongue. It's a sad day when a 46 % teenage Tomatin has more presence on the tongue than a 47 % Ardbeg, but here we are. Medicinal and seabreezy, and marine and lemony, but this feels oddly neutered in tastes. I can't say I'd care for a bottle.
    • Finish
      Lingering herbal salts, but otherwise hollow.

  80. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The whisky is young and quite simple, both in terms of the palette of derivatives and in composition, the aroma / taste / finish are almost uniform with small variations, but this does not spoil the impression at all - density, density, wholeness and a harmonious combination of smoke / peat / ash with creamy sweetness against the background of oak, they give this release their charm, despite their youth and straightforwardness.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, soft smoky peaty notes, dry boards, mineral and industrial tones, light shades of plastic and rubber, boiled vegetables, animal motifs, a little creamy sweetness.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, thick smoky peaty notes, sweet creamy caramel tones, oak, bark astringency, toffee, boiled condensed milk, ash-mineral notes
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, continuation of taste and aroma, dense, thick with a bias in ash-mineral notes and metallic sourness.

  81. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  82. Apikalov scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  83. MLE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  84. MLE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  85. Gråmantel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      In addition to peat, I also find a slightly sweet young malty mash scent. It is potent in the scent. Some sour oak scent. A little vanilla and a little sherry notes.
    • Taste
      Not as potent in taste, quite easy to drink despite its%. Not very complex but good. A little woody in taste too.
    • Finish
      Short / Medium. Young peaty and winey taste remains.

  86. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Actually a very tasty thing, easy to drink. The nose a little closed. Easy drinking.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  87. Dionysus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty Ardbeg and I really appreciate that the young age is mentioned in contrast to all the NAS they want to ram down our throats.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  88. riegerjonas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2020-10-21
    • Nose
      84 84
      sweet mossy, slightly smoky, maritime salty
    • Taste
      87 87
      tarry, malty, bacon, chocolate
    • Finish
      86 86
      herb

  89. Svarttt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A transparent indication of the age of a young whisky is praiseworthy.
    He is not the announced beast. But a decent young one, maybe. somewhat one-sided stinker.
    Let's see how the prices will level off in the long term between him and the 10, which offers a little more.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Certainly the promised Ardbeg fragrance. A little vanilla behind it. Not much more, but no missing tones.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The drinking strength is chosen properly. Tasty, spicy, sweet. He doesn't seem too young here either. But nothing special either.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The smoke stays, otherwise it is quickly forgotten.

  90. Arrrrrdbeg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A very good Ardbeg, I love the medicinal smoke that immediately pours into my nose and the salty sea breeze in my mouth.
    The price is really good and the taste is really my cup of tea.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Medicinal smoke, peat, sweet, light banana in the background, malty
    • Taste
      89 89
      First, an interplay of medicinal smoke and peat, oily in the mouth (oily wets the whole mouth), honey sweetness, salty, subtle leather note, dry smoked wood, tar, erdog
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, strong finish, dry, smoke and peat, sweet, malt,

  91. ChrisE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  92. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cold smoke, lemon, minimal honey, grasses, a few herbs, minimally maritime

      I don't find the smoke particularly strong now either.
    • Taste
      Lemon, herbs, ash, smoke, a little pepper

  93. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  94. Vagmanou scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I didn't find it very complex but it has everything it must have 5 year old whisky and more .
    • Nose
      80 80
      Peat, camp fire, sweet bacon, old wood and a hint of green fruits.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Peat, bbq, smoked bacon, ash, walnut
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium. smoky, old wood, dry, sweet, roasted nuts, iodine

  95. Ed Radour scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  96. THoekstra scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Caramel sweetness, Smoke, Meaty, Rubber,
    • Taste
      78 78
      Peppery spicyness, tar. aniseed, grilled meat, smoke. Definitely showing it's youth.
    • Finish
      80 80

  97. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  98. TechnOBY scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  99. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I have been very sceptic ever since this botte saw daylight. My feeling told me this was a true marketing bottle so I never had the need to buy and try. But after I had a dram of a friend during a cigar meeting, I have to admit: my feeling was wrong. This is a raw, young but assertive islay malt!
    • Nose
      An assertive nose with lots of active peat that translates in camp fire kind of flavors. This comes with a big amount of tropical fruits like pineapple and smoked mango. There is quite some spirit influence which shows in barley sugar and malted barley.
    • Taste
      On the palate it feels rather bald. The peat is responsible for a creamy mouthfeel and the taste gives sweet & sour flavors. Quite some sour influence in a sense of lemon but even more pickle.
    • Finish
      On the finish most of it’s youthfulness shines through. It gives quite some barley and esters. Again campfire but also some hansaplast in the finish.

      This whisky is spirit driven in a good way. In my opinion a great example of a very lively peated Islay whisky. The longer a peated whisky remains inside the cask, the more active peat flavors disappear. Despite of the marketing around this bottle, I have to give Ardbeg credits for just putting a 5 years old statement on the bottle.

  100. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I have been very sceptic ever since this botte saw daylight. My feeling told me this was a true marketing bottle so I never had the need to buy and try. But after I had a dram of a friend during a cigar meeting, I have to admit: my feeling was wrong. This is a raw, young but assertive islay malt!
    • Nose
      An assertive nose with lots of active peat that translates in camp fire kind of flavors. This comes with a big amount of tropical fruits like pineapple and smoked mango. Spices in like vanilla sticks and star anise. There is quite some spirit influence which shows in barley sugar and malted barley.
    • Taste
      On the palate it feels rather bald. The peat is responsible for a creamy mouthfeel and the taste gives sweet & sour flavors. Quite some sour influence in a sense of lemon but even more pickle.
    • Finish
      On the finish most of it’s youthfulness shines through. It gives quite some barley and esters. Again campfire but also some hansaplast in the finish. Also there’s cinnamon.

      This whisky is spirit driven in a good way. In my opinion a great example of a very lively peated Islay whisky. The longer a peated whisky remains inside the cask, the more active peat flavors disappear. Despite of the marketing around this bottle, I have to give Ardbeg credits for just putting a 5 years old statement on the bottle.

  101. Ardie scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Honest and respectful attempt to make good young 5y.o malt.
    • Nose
      Citrussy lamp petrol, cleary an under aged smoky Islay malt. Tar and nice smoked green maltiness, then oceanic features with menthol arise. Sweet camphor and pineapple.
    • Taste
      Quite thick, yellow nordic berries, sweet sea water and dry smoky maltiness battle nicely. A little salty licorice and oak.
    • Finish
      Decend lenght and young maltiness in the end but nice all the way. I thing just what they had planned.

  102. hafssol scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Ok, let's put aside the hype, the argument "Ardbeg is Ardbeg" and the beast.... how's the pale yellow liquid in this bottle?
    Not vigorous as it might be expected and not even rough, despite the young age. The nose is very light and the mouthfeel isn't as thin as the 10 y.o., but at first sip it reveals a rich taste, obviously full of peat, but slightly balanced with maritime notes, some citrus and herbal hints and even a bit of juniper.
    It's quite balanced for the age and alcohol is not prominent at all, making it an enjoyable dram with just some adventurous up and downs. Finally, it's good to see another Ardbeg with an age statement after some time and for a very reasonable price.
    Even if probably it won't compete with the 10 y.o., this not so frightening and even nice beast has nothing less than many more matured whiskies.

  103. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  104. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    you are looking for a smokey, coaly monster - here it is, for a good value
    this little "octomore" lacks a bit in complexity but is worth every dime for a peat lover
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  105. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  106. Teresa scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  107. rpvdwel scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  108. MH90 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  109. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  110. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  111. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  112. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  113. IGLO scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    Young, fresh nose, seemed overly sweet to the taste.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  114. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  115. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Review from a blind tasting:
    Very smoky at the beginning. Citrus notes slowly come through. Not very complex but the finish is nice and long.

    With this Ardbeg you can make a very good variation of a mojito. The smokiness is a good thing. Slàinte
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smoke and burned smoke, soap, new wood, cinnamon, lemon and lemon peel, not dirty
    • Taste
      85 85
      very smoky taste, cinnamon, milk, lemon, vanilla, charred wood, pepper
      Mouthfeel: velvety, creamy and sour
    • Finish
      85 85
      Ash and a little sour. Long but nothing particularly exciting.

  116. Ostap scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly, the aroma was not as young and brutal as expected from a 5-year-old whisky. Sunflower halva and smoked capelin dominate. Everything is quite moderate, without straining the receptors. Drinking whisky, a good bar option.

  117. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  118. AdamsB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This Wee Beastie comes from a very bothersome fluff that is often a nuisance for travelers in Scotland
    • Nose
      Smoke and sweets, herbal aromas, notes of anise, freshly ground pepper, vanilla, salty caramels, green apples, dried fruit.
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, followed by an explosion of smoke, smoked bacon, peat, ash, burnt plum jam, notes of coffee and notes of eucalyptus freshness.
    • Finish
      Bitter, cocoa, peanut butter, smoked, Heartburn

  119. larswehmeier scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Young, fresh Islay malt in a drinking strength. Good PLV.
    • Nose
      Nice sweet smoke. Caramel, vanilla, but also a good portion of iodine and salt. Behind it smoked ham.
    • Taste
      Light but oily to begin with. Strong aromatic smoke on the tongue. Wonderfully sweet with it. Fine dry on the palate. Slightly dry cocoa.
    • Finish
      Rather short and easy. Pleasantly smoky.

  120. Tastingbros scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Full review here :
    https://tastingbros.com/2020/11/25/the-cake-and-the-beast/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  121. Gous scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  122. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very young from all sides, but very balanced.
    21/22/21/21

  123. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  124. McMoulis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  125. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Somewhat youthful, moderate, strong peat, not a big beast, wee fits. Quite sweet, a bit vegetal, earthy. Nice peaty, fat and sweet. Something is missing the elegant citrus fruitiness of Ten, a young, wild, not quite so boisterous, who fits wonderfully around the campfire without worrying about it.

  126. Echnaton scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    From my point of view, a young, courageous whisky that offers a lot for its tender age, the sherry barrels are good for him.
    • Nose
      86 86
      First tar is a pile of burning tires, behind it light fruits, lemons and a herbal note. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The "Ardbeg" sweetness is very dominant, it lies oily on the tongue, chocolate and a peppery spice round off the picture.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The tar, which arrived first in the nose, is now very strong in the finish, the entire mouth fills with it, this taste sticks to the palate for a long time until it dissolves with a light oak note.

  127. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  128. Mapl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  129. Simo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      8
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  130. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Pretty damn good! Smoky young spirits and sherry casks in batch give a very decent result. Here's an example of a cool five year old whisky!
    • Nose
      The first nose is the sea with all its ingredients, chokeberry, broken apples. Deeper - the signature shades of the railroad (creosote), leather, earth.
    • Taste
      The taste harmoniously intertwines shades of salt, iodine, pepper, smoked oil fish and slightly fermented berries.
    • Finish
      Long enough, bright, oily, saturated with smoke and spices, with a sherry sweetish berry flavor. Super!

  131. domani scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A delicious Ardberg, the nose is very pleasant and pleasing, on the palate it says goodbye quickly but leaves nothing behind that could be associated with out of round and unbalanced. Personally, I think it works quite well with an interesting price.
    Similar to its neighbor Lagavulin, the standard range is supplemented by a little brother who is half the age of their well-known classics of the distillery - 03.10.2020
    • Nose
      85 85
      At the beginning a nice, soft smoky aroma, salty and greasy, roasted guanciale, a bit musty, in the background lemongrass and vanilla
    • Taste
      84 84
      It is not wild but stormy, it tingles on the tongue but not a trace of youth. Rather bitter, dry and mineral, it calms down quickly and becomes very creamy with light hints of chocolate, stomach bread and herbs, constantly accompanied by aromatic smoke, at the end it becomes slightly fruity again, pomegranate
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length

  132. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    The smell is not open, but it is rare and fresh and elegant. The entrance is good in an instant, but unfortunately, the taste fades too fast and the aftertaste is short. I can't feel the flavor of a sherry barrel. The age is too short, but this time Abbe was wise not to use a new barrel, and the smell was not ruined by the smell of wood. But the taste is light and short, not a complete work.
    • Nose
      Smoked, sterilized water, not outstanding, fish oil, lemon, vanilla, fruit yogurt, pickled black olives, orange juice, pitch.
    • Taste
      Smoked, disinfected water, strong, dry, lemon, fruit candy, orange juice, sea salt, ashes.
    • Finish
      short

  133. pecathor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    It's very reasonable for just 5 years old whisky. I like the Ardbeg expression, this bottle is young and wild, it reminds me of a smoked Bounty candy:)) Definitely worth a try for the price, I even got some extra bottles to save for later:)
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  134. WHISKYBANKCN scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The taste is light and delicate, the latter part is still full, and the salty aftertaste is very appropriate. The entrance feels like the lightness of Calrella 12, but it is more rich and round after entrance.

  135. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  136. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  137. Halkyon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  138. Henry Wolf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose
    Leather, peat, yeast, woody notes, cream, white pepper, sea salt
    Taste
    Sweet further sour. Peat, ash, light spices.
    Aftertaste
    Long. Peat, coal, then bitter chocolate and spices.
    Young but high quality product!

  139. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 843: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD-_wzWVGV8 (86/100).

    "It's a lovely version of Ardbeg. Particularly when you start blending it with the others."

  140. TechnOBY scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  141. VanOpek scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      sweet, vanilla, wood, dried plum, fresh fruits, caramel, dessert flavors, pleasant, floral? herbal, orange peel, syrup
    • Taste
      81 81
      fresh and light, white pepper, chili, oak, dried fruits, rounded, hints of sand, peat, smoke and ashes, car oil, herbal
    • Finish
      81 81
      spicy and warm, dry, pleasant, warm and long, peat, oak, slightly smoky, chili, kippery

  142. Gregers scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Decent young bottling from Ardbeg here, has some flaws for sure, but no show-stoppers.

    Review: https://youtu.be/tRb0Mgh-HZ4
    • Nose
      79 79
      Peat smoke, medicinal notes, a bit light. Clear peat, honey, vague notes of dried fruits, cigar box, old leather, orange oil, incense, fireplace embers, a slightly sour note also.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very young, peat smoke, intense medicinal notes, camphor, sharp alcohol bite, almost a soapy character. Some oaky notes, the structure isn't so great, not very well integrated. Some fresh green apple peel shows up. Second chew gets better, a little more sweetness, dried fruit, apricot and raisin. Peppery spices joining as well. Third chew brings orange oil, mint leaves, tobacco leaves, leather, old cigar box. Getting better, also some freshly cracked black pepper here now, but it still doesn't get really good.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Spices, medicinal notes, camphor, dried herbs, tobacco leaves, peat smoke as a layer on top of everything else. The rest of the notes have faded away. Not bad, but also far from spectacular.

  143. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    With sufficient oxygen supply I liked it a lot. Certainly not a whisky that invites you to take a long nose, but its taste is particularly successful.

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/

  144. MarkusK1 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  145. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  146. Simon Stood scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: 21
    Taste: 21
    Finish: 22
    Balance: 21
    85

  147. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion a nice addition to the core range, it delivers what one expects from Ardbeg, the youth pushes more than they have a negative influence and the Oloroso barrels add a positive addition to the taste profile
    • Nose
      Nothing is beastly here at the beginning, nice creamy smoker, rather medium smoke level, vanilla, slightly lemony, caramel, quite sweet, with a little milk chocolate, greasy, the sherry takes over the command over time, nice chocolatey, still slightly floral, salty, maritime , behind it every now and then the youth flashes through with a slightly metallic note, nevertheless the nose is very pleasant and pleasant, after the first sip the smoke in the nose is much more present, with tobacco and also plums
    • Taste
      classic Ardbeg start, nice sweet smoke, vanilla, the Ardbeg sweetness strikes, citrus, then some cinnamon, the chocolate is now bitter, dark, dark fruit notes mix to the sweetness, slightly nutty, smoke, sweet and bitter chocolate describes it quite well in three Aromas, good drinking strength, the mouthfeel is a bit cool
    • Finish
      tart, dominated by smoke, ashy, slight sweetness on the palate, some spiciness, the mouth is somewhat covered

  148. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 08-23-2020.

  149. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Well cool by and large. Perfectly reflects the character of the modern Ardbeg. That is, we should not expect the old, luxurious Ardbeg, it is not designed for long exposures ... it's sad (86)
    • Nose
      The aroma is restrained, sherry, citrus, butter, pastries, vanilla ... light peat (21)
    • Taste
      Salty, fruity, slightly waxy (21)
    • Finish
      Finish spicy, sweet, wood, polish, spices ... tobacco, machine oil (22)

  150. Odinson scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  151. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lemon, red currants, other unripe fruits, a bit of musty, cold smoke (surprisingly little of it),

      Hmmm it's on the sour side and has a lot, a lot less smoke than I suspected
    • Taste
      Apple, honey, lemon, lime, grapefruit, white coffee, a lot of pepper, very little ash at the back that makes your mouth dry

  152. MickMatrix scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Just below the "Ten".
    Malty and not quite as sweet. You can tell by looking at his youth but still beautiful!

  153. Funtik scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  154. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  155. RL_whisky did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The bottling run for this bottlecode (L2389861) ran a couple of days. There are also bottles with this code and bottling date 23/03/2020

  156. mandragoru scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  157. theograph scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely outstandingly disgusting whisky, can't find any good about this one!!

  158. mer1973 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  159. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  160. dramidaris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  161. Malthead19 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    - a very gruff, unbalanced Ardbeg
    - no harmony, just full range of smoke and power
    - in terms of taste behind the AN OA or TEN,
    - Better buy AN OA (with sherry) or TEN (without sherry) for the price
    • Nose
      smoky, musty, earthy, musk, light, subtle fruit note
    • Taste
      strong onset, smoke, ash, burns on the tongue, alcohol is clearly noticeable, rough and impetuous, fruit component is only slightly noticeable
    • Finish
      strong, medium-long smoky finish;
      very smoky, dry, medium-long aftertaste

  162. Malthead19 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    - a very gruff, unbalanced Ardbeg
    - no harmony, just full range of smoke and power
    - behind the AN OA and TEN
    - For the price, I prefer to stay with the TEN
    • Nose
      smoky, musty, earthy, musk, light, subtle fruit note
    • Taste
      strong onset, smoke, ash, burns on the tongue, alcohol is clearly noticeable, rough and impetuous, fruit component is only slightly noticeable
    • Finish
      strong, medium-long smoky finish;
      very smoky, dry, medium-long aftertaste

  163. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    **76kcal**

    You have to admit it: Ardbeg has guts. For as long as I can remember the Ten was (and is!) the entry level malt – and a very good one too! An absolutely brilliant Ardbeg. And while they added the An Oa (a NAS release) to the core range only recently, it is now joined by one with an age statement… but a very young one, just 5 years. In traditional (is it?) Ardbeg Style, they gave it a resounding name: Wee Beastie. It’s a vatting of both bourbon and oloroso sherry casks and upon release it was priced between 35 and 45 EUR, but in some markets it was markedly more expensive.

    It cannot hide it’s young age on the nose, but it does not suffer from any new make-y or other off notes. This is actually quite nice. The sweet and sour peat is unmistakable, but it does not yet make the malt medicinal. I’m surprised by the fact that this Ardbeg is very sweet. I get apples, overripe pears, banana, apricots, citrus, vanilla and caramel. A nice spiciness with cubeb pepper, aniseed and liquorice. After a few moments, it does turn somewhat maritime with a salty edge and some moss. This is young, but very pleasant and textbook Ardbeg.

    The body is nicely oily indeed. And on the palate it shows its true colors. This is indeed Ardbeg pur sang: peaty, smoky, peppery, lots of citrus fruit, ashes and tar, smoked ham… but with a sweet twist that really entertains. Vanilla, milk chocolate, dessert wine. This is very quaffable. Good strength, by the way. This is a lovely dram.

    The finish is not very long, but good: spicy of soft oak and sweet smoke.

    I think it would be unfair – and quite useless – to compare this Wee Beastie with the Ten, unless it’s only to calculate if you are getting value for money. It’s less balanced that the Ten, a bit more playful, but in my book a very good addition to the core range. This one gets to stay. By the way: a 3cl dram of this stuff is only 76 kilo calories. A banana is around 150. Choose wisely.

  164. Wolf68 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  165. schengel10 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A good Ardbeg malt - he is impetuous, gruff, rough, wild and a little monster that his youth cannot hide!
    [Color]: light straw;
    Price / performance: a little too expensive with> € 40.00!
    • Nose
      immediately strong smoke, peat, herbs, salt, sweet, vanilla, rather dry;
    • Taste
      impetuous, gruff, peppery, salty, oily, smoky, ash, tar, strong anise note, also pepper, very impetuous, very wild and somehow slightly out of round;
    • Finish
      medium-length, peppery oily finish; Tar, smoke and herbs linger for a long time;

  166. palmtop2 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Best ardbeg in a long time

  167. MasterMork scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  168. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  169. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  170. Kachnak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  171. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  172. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  173. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  174. Kuba9712 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    dramscore.com

    Nose:

    slightly alcoholic, but still feel that the smoke tries to mask this youth, peat, apples, we will not find anything special here

    Taste:

    sweet, artificially vanilla, smoke, lemons, ash, flat, chaotic

    Finish:

    dry, slightly coffee-like, smoky

    Score:

    a very young, chaotic whisky, whose some disadvantages were covered by a layer of smoke - 82/100

  175. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A very different dram compared to the rest of the standard bottlings. Indeed a Wee Beastie. The legs in the glass are long.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Youthful fresh, spicy. Furthermore, aromas of vanilla, peat smoke, smoked bacon, black pepper and leather.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Again youthful. Full and powerful with notes of chocolate, tar, oil, smoked bacon, cough candy, cloves and anise.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is long and salty with notes of smoked bacon, peat smoke, cocoa, toffee, caramel.

  176. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ardpertiv!
    Young and early expression of what Ardbeg stands for.
    One of the few distillery bottling pushed by marketing purposes that has also value for money

  177. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I am now positively surprised. It is not quite as intense as the TEN, but I have to say ... 5 years and good barrels.
    Certainly not strong as a barrel, but it suits him well, very well to drink.

    88 points
    • Nose
      Youth, sweetness and spiciness.
      Pleasant bouquet flavors with a fruity note. Apple, pear, quince and lemon.
      Saltiness, maritime nuances, a little soap, floral, green grass, white pepper.
    • Taste
      Creamy, quite intense and savory. The sweetness counteracts this pleasantly. No bitterness.
      Apple fruit, unripe fruit, liveliness, freshness, cold ash, lime, mineral, dry Riesling.
    • Finish
      Medium length, pleasantly mild and harmonious

  178. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  179. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Tar, lime, smoke (coal, cigarettes), sea breeze. Very subtle vanilla.

    Mouth:
    Peppery start, relative watery mouthfeel despite the strong aromas. Slightly sweet, lots of smoke, pear, a bit grassy, very one-dimensional aroma, noticeable youth.

    Finish:
    Medium-long, the smoke remains for a long time, a background sweetness like pear and vanilla may disappear quite quickly.

    83/100

    Conclusion:
    A nice whisky to drink alongside. For me it is a bit like the Caol Ila Moch - why should I buy it when I get a much more balanced whisky for a few euros more?

  180. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  181. peej84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  182. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoky and fresh. Green apples, unripe lemon. Chamomile. Somewhat wet wall paint.
    • Taste
      Lime peel, apple rings. Pepper. Green olives. Charred wood.

  183. rampah scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  184. Benjamin_on_Spirits scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    18,5/20
    Aroma: peat, smoke, pine resin, caramel and black pepper. A touch fruity.
    Palate: Concentrated, powerful and yet smooth. Fruity flavours as well as smoke and caramel.

  185. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  186. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Did this one in a head-2-head with the Ardbeg Ten. And where I thought before that the Ten is a great start for a core-range, I must admit that there's an even better start: this 5 year old.
    Richer in nose and taste, more versatile than the Ten. For me this is a hit, next time when my stock of Ardbeg gets too low, this Wee Beastie will come in for sure.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, with a sweet smoky note in it. Fake leather, pretty strong alcohol. Some citrus, and later on some tobacco as well.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty strong, powerful, sweet smoke, honey, caramel, some tobacco, creamy structure. Milk chocolate as well.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Now it gets more smooth, yet still full. Sweet smoke, some fruity, citrussy notes. Some ash, pretty long. A lot of tobacco now, and plenty of sweet notes.

  187. birkzehn scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  188. Kaleva scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very good dram as for 5 yo expression. Noticeably young but without inherent to young whiskies disadvantages. Very well balanced and very mild on smoke, especially on the nose - creamy and fruity, almost floral. An excellent introduction to the older Ardbeg releases.
    • Nose
      Creamy, sweetish, softly smoky, yellow overripe pears, sultanas, dried apricots, some malty notes, vanilla, smoked bacon, sweet orange zest, gentle woody tones on the background. Water opens up sweet caramelly notes and amplifies wood.
    • Taste
      Slightly sweet and quite punchy with peppery spicy side, oily, smoky (or rather ashy), creamy with milk chocolate motives, pear jam, some vanilla cake with citrus filling, peachy notes, caramelized lemon zest.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, sooty, apple mash, vanilla custard, ending with soft oak.

  189. bikenerd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Maybe my score is too high (objectively) but I like the Sherry influenced young Ardbeg. In direct comparison to the TEN I liked it better.
    And I like the number on it because it doesn´t get any older by not telling the youngest part of it!

  190. rubenmarra scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    In my opinion very similar to the ten year old. Lovely islay smoke, smooth and a little more sweet. A great Ardbeg.

  191. stefsel111 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  192. butt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  193. Max70 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  194. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoked bacon; Vanilla; Dried fruits; Citrus; medical;
    • Taste
      strong; Smoke; sweet; beautiful oak with a lot of spice and delicate tart notes; very dark chocolate
    • Finish
      spicy; Oak; dark chocolate; beautiful smoke; the second sip leaves a nice nut note. Every now and then sweet in between and already very multifaceted for the young age

  195. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  196. Droel scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    Very good, the full Ardbeg taste.
    Hope that new stock comes soon.
    Sold out very quick.

  197. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  198. DoctorK scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Young, classic Ardbeg, no appeasement here

  199. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  200. malt70 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Yes, it can convince me. The new member of the standard range also comes into my standard program! You can drink it really well. A typical Ardbeg, but with a little twist. Young and crispy, but none of the "hot and burning" variety, but really nice and round with its 47.4% just right. In my opinion a successful new product.

    Thanks to Ardbeg for the rehearsal!

    https://fosm.de/tasting-ardbeg-wee-beastie-ein-5-jahriger-im-test/
    • Nose
      Fresh and young, but the typical Ardbeg is immediately present for me. This sweetness combined with peat and tar. A little smoke aroma from smoked ham. It is actually spicy and herbaceous, but I cannot determine the herbs exactly. I also have a hint of flower meadows and a slight perfume note. The changes over time and tar / peat recede a little.
    • Taste
      First light black pepper, then it comes spicy and finally peat, smoke and tar. It is really nice and round and can convince.
    • Finish
      The smoke from the campfire persists a little. Then it gets spicy

  201. maltandgrains scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Peaty, smoked meat, salty. Lemon.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Coal fire, smoked bacon, saltiness. Oily and tar. Somewhat herbal. Pepper.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium length. Smoked apples. Tar. Some woody bitterness.

  202. Toonarmy74 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Was expecting this to be more phenolic, more rough round the edges but it looks like Ardbeg have tried to produce a more rounded whisky. Decent whisky but a wasted Opportunity to create something different

  203. M134481 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Even though I give this whisky 82 points. It is only a snapshot. I quite like it, but really for some moments.
    • Nose
      81 81
      BBQ, smoke, cured meat, burnt spare ribs, coal, peat,
    • Taste
      82 82
      Coals, BBQ, red fruits, pepper, smoke, peat,
    • Finish
      82 82
      Bbq, bbq sauce, salted meat, North Sea, pepper, red fruit and burnt sugar, coal

  204. GJR scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    See my blog for a full review.... https://gjr71.wordpress.com/2020/04/13/ardbeg-wee-beastie/
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

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