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Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Overall rating
83.52/100
votes
130
Whiskybase ID
WB166328
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
11.09.2020
Stated Age
05 years old
Casktype
Ex Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
47.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2398003
Barcode
5010494961577
Added on
28 sep 2020 2:26 pm by Mumford
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 41.94

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130 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Wee Beastie

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.52 points

  1. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    medicinal peat, fruit on fresh citrus, lemony, grassy, some sea in the glass, some soggy young wood
    mouth:
    sweetness on the palate, a little spicy, almost watery and peaty, a little sweet / chocolatey, even creamy, on wet and smoky herbs, the sensation of a fire dying out with the morning dew on it; a little bitter then the return of candied fruits, lemon and a little tangerine peels cooked with their juice in syrup
    final:
    surprisingly quite long, monolithic, but intense for such a young malt, on clean peat, candied fruits, a little on the kernel, fresh hazelnut

  2. TsiAI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Smell: the disinfectant water and sea water brought by peat are not heavy, cream, raw green pepper, a little sourness and oak.
    Taste: Peat, plant ash, reef and other flavors are much heavier than smell, white vinegar, raw grains, vanilla and some fruit hard candies.
    Body: The wine is thin, but not irritating.
    Overall: 83.5/100. Compared to other products of Abbe, it is more refreshing, especially when it smells, the peat is not heavy, so the ease of drinking is not low. I didn't feel the shadow of Shirley's bucket on the little beast. It was not bad for me, but there was no bright spot.

  3. pimwalker scored this whisky 63 points Member Senior

    Neus: zwarte peper , sappige hars
    Smaak: chocolade hartig
    Afdronk: ziltig
    • Nose
      64 64
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      50 50

  4. DDzip scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. 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.

  6. JimJaws scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice, dirty Ardbeg. Young, wild, just great.
    PSV is great.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. martinseco scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It can be bought cheaply and is then worth the price. I always give my orange jam a shot and then I don't have any orange jam with whisky, but a premium orange jam with pieces of peel and Ardbeg Wee Beasty. Ardbeg Ten with some wee beasty are also worth a try!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. 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.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Quite a herbal Ardbeg
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peaty, smoky, herbal, black tea, little iodine, cigar ashes, soot, little citric, hints of vanilla, little bonfire
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, creamy, vanilla, subtle sweetness, little fruity, more cigar ashes, peat, smoke, herbs, more black tea
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, peaty, more herbal, more black tea, a tad bitter

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Young but far from a beast, citrus, custard cream and coastal peat, straightforward and pleasant, basic and great for the price.

  11. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For 5 years you get a more than solid Islay malt without missing notes, which is not a beast, but far from being honest. A decent smoker, very appealing aromas - this interesting blend of herbs should be emphasized above all - in the nose and on the palate. With his rawness, you could also call it a little dirty, he reminds me of Springbank. For a cozy barbecue evening, hopefully with friends again soon, exactly the right thing.
    • Nose
      Oily legs run leisurely down the edge of the glass, the little beast in the glass has a light golden tone, not dissimilar to a white wine in the color.
      Cold ashy smoke, lots of smoke. Charcoal smoke with mineral notes, as if the coals in the grill are already turning white. But the smell of smoke also goes towards burnt gauze bandages. Light lemon in the background. A little vanilla and a little resinous, like Greek retsina wine, could also be associated with a mixture of kitchen herbs and pine needles rubbed between the fingers. With a little time in the glass, the citrus-fruity aromas turn more to orange, the fruit becomes more ripe.
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily mouthfeel. The smoke and peat are equally present. But a nice sweetie too. The vanilla as well as the herbs and the lemon from the smell are also immediately present in the taste. Then it goes on slightly tangy, peppery.
    • Finish
      The ashy smoke is now drier. The herbs are still there. The lemon is now more of a bitter abrasion on the peel. Little bitterness through the barrels, this is where his youth is evident. In addition to the peat and smoke, which is now a bit reminiscent of engine oil, the beast from medium-long time is present in the finish.

  12. Juppsower scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    C.: bright, white wine.
    N: nifty peat, a dash of lemon juice, tomato ketchup, all backed by a delicious medical note. With water there are green fruit (unripe apples) and burnt toast.
    P.: Very dry and smoky in the beginning, soil and lots of oak, very mouthfilling, later some mint (toothpaste) and salted butter. With water still very full and rich, notes of buttered dark bread.
    F.: Long, dry, and satisfying. Well peppered.
    - definitely a great Ardbeg, in my impression now even better than the 10yo, I'll have to get me bottle for a direct comparison...

  13. jipiarcens scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Very surprising Ardbeg, fresh, not Monolithic like the Ten. I was really amazed by the smell and the taste. Very good one !
    • Nose
      93 93
      Smoke of course, but not so strong, Sea water with Sea weed. Citrus is also present;
    • Taste
      94 94
      Bacon, smoked herbs, like a Barbecue on the beach; Lemon and spice but not too strong.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long and Smoky, but fresh and intense with fruits and sugar. Citrus in the end, lightly.

  14. Ralf777 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  15. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    21 20 21 20 82 - 1st approach, from the opening - Well, this, immediately the nose is cool smoky but 5 minutes and there is no this, all that was good ... youth went, in total from 21 fell to 20, the taste is drinkable but young , 20, aftertaste is better, 21 is possible, in general, as if it were unfinished, young Scarabush at 82 maximum, it is better to drink Scarabush, humiliate ...
    ok, let's let him breathe ... he's gotten better, but not much, lusciously sweet in my nose, and a lot of burnt barrel in my taste, such a young Alligator ...
    Ok, maybe the first batch was outstanding, but this one ... hmm, just for a drink ...

  16. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. TechnOBY scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  19. Sievi scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Typical of this too young Ardbeg. On the one hand, something of the skills of the old Ardbeg distillers comes across, on the other hand, the water of life from this distillery is also getting weaker and weaker. Uigedail and Corryvreckan could still convince as NAS. Other high-profile editions are less so.

    A Monster of Dram is written on the label of the Wee Beastie. One can only agree with that! When something changes so much that you can no longer recognize any character, when the New Make - the taste of young, tangy whisky - wins the upper hand over an Ardbeg, you have a monster in front of you.

    The 81 points still pay tribute to the once excellent distillery, but actually they are already high.

  20. Captain68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  21. Captain68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  22. Captain68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  23. zoanaan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  24. grinface scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It tastes damn young and is less of a beast than it should be. But you can drink it. Solid peat whisky. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/12/14/maximum-ardbeg/

    As an addition: LVMH operated artificial shortages at the beginning of the release. This then fired up the secondary market. 80 € and more were paid for this 42 € retail whisky. That has meanwhile subsided. You can get it everywhere and in some cases significantly cheaper than the recommended price. This behavior tarnishes the otherwise positive impression for me.

  25. Captain68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. Cyril31 scored this whisky 67 points Member Senior

    Nose : smoke, wood, medical
    Taste : black chocolate
    Finish : disappear quickly but the power stay.

  27. Captain68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    92,5
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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