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Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Overall rating
83.42/100
votes
94
Whiskybase ID
WB162515
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
22.06.2020
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
47.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2390410
Barcode
5010494961577
Added on
24 Jul 2020 2:57 pm by Maltpuschel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 44.66

4 × in wishlist

94 × member ratings

429 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Wee Beastie

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.42 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Thick and greasy smoke, earthy and vegetal peat, meaty, bacon, slight vanilla, clear lemon, spicy and a little nutty (katjang pedis).
    • Taste
      86 86
      Vegetal peat, meaty smoke, lemon cake, vanilla, salted liquorice, stir fried peppers, some ashiness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      More vegetal peat, liquorice with vanilla and citrus at the back, bitter charred wood.

  2. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very simple malt, but basically holds everything a smoker needs. A little more alcohol strength would suit him, however.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    I had an inkling that this could be the Wee Beastie and I can only join in with the many others, a real asset to the core range. Honest malt for an honest price. The 5 years are not a brand here but rather an award.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Subtle or soft but strong campfire smoke with oranges and gooseberries immediately after pouring. After a while, there is a biting, chemical note on the glass, which, however, quickly disappears. The oranges have been replaced by lemon peel, damp earth can be clearly heard. This chemical fire heats up again.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very sweet and slightly tingling in the beginning, dark caramel and classic peat sweetness. Just a slight acidity and the smoke is very strong here too. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. The second sip starts immediately much drier, the bitterness accompanies you right from the start.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is quite long, in addition to the decaying sweetness comes a light but distinguished bitterness, a hint of wormwood. (The bitter herb, not the schnapps!).

  3. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very good Islay whisky for its age. However, I wouldn't spend more than 40 euros.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lapsang Souchong, tar, herbs, seaweed, sea salt, fishing nets, smoked fish.
    • Taste
      87 87
      peat ashes, tar, black pepper, sea water, winter herbs
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium to short

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, malty and peaty sensation, slightly meaty peat, soot, candied fruit, intense, freshness, a little mango, full of lemon and peppery spices.
    the palate brings fresh and fleeting scents, you have to dive back into it to find bitter almonds, fortunately a little hidden by the peaty ash, always a little meaty, salty and herbaceous
    the finish is simple but intense, spicy, lemony, grassy and tarry; a beautiful young product that changes color, less subtle but more raw and that should not be underestimated, except for the medium length.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Quercus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. 777_7 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Yoghurt, whey, hay, farmyard, earthy peat.

    My first impression makes me think of younger, independently bottled, heavily peated Bunnahabhain, and that is not exactly a compliment.

    We'll see how the bottle progresses...

  7. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An honest but very (too) young Ardbeg. We feel the potential of the distillery, but we remain very, very far from the quality of the 10 year old.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Super young nose. Lots of liveliness, lemon, peat, gentian. A little synthol. We do not find the gourmet side of Ten.
    • Taste
      84 84
      A little rough, bitter, vegetal in the mouth, followed by a lot of peat. Slightly creamy texture, not very sweet, but we could hope for better. More iodized finish, synthol.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Peppery, grassy, rather ashy and peaty finish. Quite hard.

  8. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    An Ardbeg for the little thaler - I didn't hesitate long! "Wee Beastie" is probably the youngest in this royal family of whiskys, but doesn't have to hide!
    Fruity (cherry ?!), peppery, but the grumpy Ardbegrauch is also there. Natural, beastly, playful, honest. A little monster without a leash. No experiment, no excrement - but a mini hit that surprised me consistently and positively. Slightly metallic undertones. But otherwise perfect. Campfire, well hung meat, later it turns into liquorice. Red wine allures in the Scottish morass. Treats.

    Conclusion: very young - but still boom boom! A full-fledged Ardbeg. Great PLV.

  9. Jercky043 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

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