Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist

Overall rating
89.32/100
votes
276
Whiskybase ID
WB5653
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 3
Vintage
1990
Bottled
09.09.2008
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8 253
Barcode
5010494218282
Added on
22 dec 2008 11:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 658.93

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist

34 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.32 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A really nice Ardbeg: full of flavors, strong expression, soft on the tongue.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Restrained smoky, here pleasant fruit notes that play in the direction of orange and apricot, as well as mild spice notes swing the scepter. Very inviting. Next to it, fresh leather, dried wild herbs, lemon water in the distance. Peat smoke becomes more noticeable over time, it sneaks up from behind.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, full, mouth-filling approach. The feeling quickly arises that it was filled with exactly the right alcohol strength, so exciting and balanced at the same time it presents itself on the tongue.
      Initially only mildly smoky as in the nose, which suits him very well. Orange jam, lemons.
      Milk chocolate, toffee, nougat, marzipan, creme brulee - chocolate and warm flavors dominate "in the middle". Always close and together, nothing fraying or fraying here.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long finish, now increasingly dry and smoky. Finally, let the "Ardbeg" hang out with rich peat smoke, lemon jelly and warm tar.

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  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    12/30/2021:
    Definitely a good job. Age has significantly smoothed out the corners inherent in young releases. Extremely drinkable.
    • Nose
      Grilled vegetables, sawdust composition, smoke, smoked capelin, lemon peel, notes of carbide (during welding), seafood cocktail (mussels), plasticine, melted cable.
    • Taste
      Ash, lemon, seafood, smoke, sleepers, prunes, herbal tincture.
    • Finish
      Sleepers, smoke, ash, sugar, lemon, prunes, candy "Cherry in chocolate", herbal tincture, longer than average.

  5. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice whisky, got a dram from a friend. Subtile and sweet but to my opinion good but not a high roller.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. PRV scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    23/23/22/23

  7. TsiAI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smell: limestone, smoked shellfish, rosemary roast. Wake up, there are delicate creamy vanilla, juicy fruit, sweet and sour lemon mousse, salt soda, sea water 88/100
    Taste: marshmallow, salted lemon zest, strong but delicate peat, western spices of salt, rosemary and sage, smoked seafood 87/100
    Body: Medium body, oily and smooth 86/100
    Ending rhyme: long, jam, salt soda, crushed spices
    Overall: 87.5/100, delicate peat, rich fruits, Airigh Nam Beist can be regarded as the more wonderful work in Abbe

  8. Whiskyisfordrinking did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Significantly darker, also significantly darker notes and tones than batch 1 and 2. Perhaps a higher proportion of sherry? Creamy, soft, but also significantly smokier in comparison, however. In the taste more spice, vanilla, livelier, creamier towards the end. Longer finish, soft smoke. Also quite tasty.

  9. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  10. Макс scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. sarthur71 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. AgentMunky scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  14. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  15. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  16. drinki scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very Nice peated islay, very well balanced. The noze is fruity and that is, I would say, the special part of this whisky. For the mouth I did not find anything really special compared to other Classic islay, maybe exept the finish which is pretty long with an aftertaste remaning quite a long time.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. Pollenflug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Wonderfully intense. A fantastic combination of sweet, light fruits and smoke caresses my nose tip. The dry smoke (tar, ashes and medicinal sounds) is present, but by no means too intrusive or dominant. The alcohol content (46%) is perfectly integrated. I do not notice any stinging, cooling or tingling in my nose. Lemons, green apples, vanilla, caramel and honey form the sweet and fruity counterpart to the beautiful smoke. Both sides are very balanced, mature and elegant. The harmony is 100% true! In the background, light spicy notes, hints of leather, a little oak and tobacco leaves and give first clues to the 18-year storage period of the Ardbegs. A maritime touch of salt completes the incredibly harmonious aromas.
    • Taste
      Very pleasing and oily, the Ardbeg clothes the entire oral cavity. The start is quite strong. On the tip of the tongue creates a subtle tingle. The malt starts surprisingly sweet, almost floral and fruity, before the beautiful smoky note (again tar & ash) starts to pick up speed. Plenty of vanilla, caramel, honey, maple syrup, sweet apples, grapefruit and tangerines form the sweet foundation. The oak wood notes are now a little spicier. Delicate spicy notes, milk chocolate, tobacco and leather are reserved in the background. A nice saltiness is also noticeable. A slight dryness already develops on the palate. The wonderful balance continues seamlessly in the taste. Pure elegance from Islay Island!
    • Finish
      Long, warm and still intense. The sweet fruit notes gradually give way to the drier smoke (still ashy with tar). Vanilla, caramel and salty milk chocolate flash briefly before the spicy oak notes merge with the smoke and let the malt finish slowly and elegantly. A delicate dryness develops on the palate.

  18. Helgo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Again a madness Ardbeg and that or just because the ANB is no cask strength.
    Slightly phenolic impact to the neighboring distillery and a little medical he is. Very spicy Smoky, ashy impacts are similar to the alligator every now and then over, where the strength is not nearly as intense and present.
    No, here everything is consistent in the nose. Honey and vanilla are full, but the oak and wood do not overwhelm him. Some tobacco notes and old leather end in the typical Ardbegsüße.
    In the taste it hails then right away. Although only 46%, he brings a lot. Fruity and salt in change. Apricot and lightly baked bacon.
    Of course: smoke and some ashes. But then it will be different because I did not have something like salmon trout at Ardbeg yet. So that's new.
    At the end a long finish with some mint and basil, maybe a touch of ginger.
    Really successful!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great aromas on the nose, an unexpected variety of aromas in the mouth and a nice ending. Put. 1.
    • Nose
      Wonderful, rarely smelled so directly liking aroma, the Ardbegsüße jumps into the face, surrounded by a great fruitiness, the smoke is natural, dry and slightly medically, in perfect harmony with the sweet fruit, after 18 years is the smoke At least in the nose a bit more restrained than for example at a Ten, associations of honey come on, the fruit goes towards Mirabelle, some salt, the influence of the oak is also noticeable with a slightly leathery spiciness, a hint of peppermint in combination with tobacco and also a creamy note like caramel diluted in milk
    • Taste
      Wow, interesting start, very flowery, I had to think directly of the Bowmore violet, then it is sweeter, the smoke is in the background, but noticeable, significantly salt, then slightly fruit, but much less than in the nose, complex without being too intense, the 46% are perfect for the aroma composition
    • Finish
      First, a lot of salt, then the smoke is more intense, dry and ashy, combined with the salt and a slightly yellow fruit sweetness, a fresh note is added, with mint, nice long

  20. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Just wonderfull.  A real Islay.
    • Nose
      Lovely intense smoke,peat,and sweetness, also campfire cols,melted butter,iodine, complex Islay tones.
    • Taste
      Sweet creamy, peat and smoke again , oily,peppery, seaweed, tar, coal and ash.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky lingers through the whole aftertaste, also sweetness,creamy choco. Complex Islay tones.

  21. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    N: pungent and medicinal on the first; smoking is heard, but it is not all-encompassing. Sweet, on chocolate and honey. With a few drops of water, it opens a little 'and comes out a warm wood (wood in the sun ...), vanilla and also an abstract note of ripe fruit (peach?). Sweet tobacco, leather; a citrus in the background; tamarind. The sea and the torbature typical of the Ardbeg surround the whole without stealing the scene. P: woah. Strong peat, strong salt, there is also something peppery. Coffee. After a while it softens on the palate, it is almost creamy; remembers the dough of cakes, warm sweetened butter and vanilla. Lemon notes; honey. Very good. F: very persistent, all on the notes of peat and smoked; also a bit 'grassy, ​​in truth, and acid (citrus, but better defined than before: orange, indeed: orange peel burned). Chocolate. As often happens with Ardbeg, it leaves you salty lips. Top class. Perhaps the beast is not on par with the famous and celebrated Ardbegs of the '70s, but it is certainly excellent: it is a powerful malt, typically Islay, but perfectly combines the seafaring coldness of Port Ellen with a sober but tasty sweetness. For us that we missed the great season of the Ardbeg and we can only approach it occasionally and at a high price, it's a point of reference http://whiskyfacile.com/2012/01/09/ardbeg-airigh-nam-beist-19902008-ob-46/

  22. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    pale gold color, peaty nose, marine, a little medicinal, vanilla, lots of lemon, very fine. The mouth is in the same line, but even more fruity, very sweet, thick, lots of candied lemon and vanilla, very easy to drink, quite fresh. It lacks a bit of length compared to Corryvreckan for example.

  23. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    incredible whisky, name gives a good hint about the profile. beastly good if you like strong islay whisky.
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      92 92

  24. Achany scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  25. granella2003 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Producer's Tasting Notes
    • Nose
      The initial impression is of eating Ardbeg ice cream on the beach â€
    • Taste
      Definitely
      Ardbeg on the taste with peat, seaweed bonfire smokiness. Crispy smoky bacon,
      maple syrup and antiseptic lozenges leave a peppery and oily feel on the palate.
      Sweet and fruity flavours of ripe autumn fruits and chocolate limes emerge as
      notes of black coffee, liquorice and reminders of parma violets linger in the
      background.
    • Finish
      Long on the finish with dried peat and creamy notes

  26. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  27. Furtia scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  28. MaltMuggle77 scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    A very American tasting Scotch!
    • Nose
      Mesquite wood, pulled pork, damp campfire coals, light peat and melted butter.
    • Taste
      Ben and Jerry's Vanilla ice cream, dry/sweet bbq sauce, pork spare ribs, light creamy smoke
    • Finish
      Hickory smoke, bbq, and some bitter oak.

  29. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is one of my Favorite Islays. The longer you let it rest in your mouth the more creamy and cake like it becomes!
    • Nose
      Wonderful nose, intense, smoky, peaty, sweet
    • Taste
      Malty, bold, smoke, peat, tar, coal, ash. Sweet notes of vanilla, chocolate fudge, marshmallow
    • Finish
      Long, smoke lingers through length of dram and longer.

  30. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Airigh Nam Beist 1990 is a delicious vintage bottling from the ongoing

    success story that is Ardbeg. Sadly now discontinued due to exhausted

    stocks, `the Beist` was an extremely popular Ardbeg, with assertive and

    powerful peatiness and a lovely honeyed edge. Oh, and it`s pronounced

    `Arry nam Baysht`.

  31. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is nice, full of peat and smoke, reminding you of what Islays are about. Taste is awesome, toffee, sweet fruit, tar charred oak, some peat and smoked wood. Body is great, when you let it relax in your mouth and you can absorb all the work that went into producing such a complex scotch. Finish is long and memorable. Price is right, when you find one, and card board box could be nicer for this vintage.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This bottle I found is the 3rd release or the 08` bottling. I feel this is more balanced than the first and has more maturity to really set it apart from its 2 earlier releases. In the states this is getting harder to find for cheap. I paid 79$ for this version and happy to say, found a back up for future.

  33. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Also, for completion sake and since the bottling codes are not

    represented on whiskybase accurately, here`s the documented bottle codes from

    ardbegproject.com for the 2008 releases:

    L8 056 14:16 4ML
    L8 056 14:37 4ML
    L8 084 10:50 4ML
    L8 184 11:46 4ML 750ml US release
    L8 253 14:21 4ML
    L8 253 17:32 4ML
    L8 254 08:25 4ML
    L8 254 11:05 4ML 750ml US release

    c.

  34. hsmithjr scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Excellent.  Just excellent.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  35. Collector57 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, medicinal (iodine and something else). Hint of key lime pie

             
    • Taste
      Sweetly creamy, peat smoke, oily. Bitter liquorice

             
    • Finish
      Some more sweetness. Long smoky finish. A touch of coffee perhaps

  36. I_SPEY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    LOve this one, but is very complex!
    • Nose
      Briny, vanilla, peat and caramel. Smoky, fruity, lavander and medicinal.
    • Taste
      Peat, seaweed, bacon(!), pepper, oilish. Rather fruity
      with chocolate and even liquorice! 
    • Finish
      Long with lots of smoke and creamy chocolate. 

  37. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Interesting that lots of people highlight the peat here... for me this is one of the sweeter & mellow 'recent' Ardbegs. I would really wish there would be a stronger + 50% version of this. Try this after a strong really smoky whisky to get a hit of sweetness. However, I prefer it after a non peated dram.
    • Nose
      vanilla ++, cinamon +, peat +/o, roast/baked apple with marzipan o, baby sick o, cold ash o, cloves -,
    • Taste
      sweet & peat +, warm spices,
    • Finish
      a great amalgamation of complex spices & sweetness plus mellow peat/smoke. yum.

  38. Lafroy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very peaty, smoky, tarry, including car shop with hints of engine oil and light spirits. Hints of varnish. Additionally, some sweetness and sea notes.
    • Taste
      A lot of salt and fruity sweetness. Strong notes of smoke, ashes and peat. Lightly dry, smooth and well matured.
    • Finish
      Very long and smooth

  39. hsmithjr scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A must try for Ardbeg or peat fans. This is one of my "affordable favorites". Great value. I seem to like it more and more each time. Highly recommended

  40. Dede scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very beautiful Ardbeg, powerful, without roundness, and more complex than supposed? at first. I really like.
    • Nose
      Tourb ?, marine (iodine but especially spray) and mineral, but also pleasantly fresh, on the lemon. He becomes more medicinal? aeration, being slightly camphr ?. Then appear animal notes of raw red meat.
    • Taste
      Fluid, it develops on peat and lemon, lozenges for cough and salt on a background of slightly bitter vegetal notes (slices). The 46% are very well exploited, one feels neither weakness nor alcoholic burn. Note a fresh and floral note, curious, fleeting but far from disagreeable, which is neat at the top of the palate to vanish at the end of the mouth.
    • Finish
      Long and intense, on peat, salt and slice.

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