Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
Ex-Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks
47.4 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
24 Mar 2020 10:25 am by RoyC

Average value

€ 53.42

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Wee Beastie

60 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.44 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. 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?

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    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]

  10. edmichels scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    straight forward.....


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