Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist

Overall rating
89.30/100
votes
1304
Whiskybase ID
WB7
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2006
Casktype
Oak Cask
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L6 313 16:27 4ML
Barcode
5010494218282
Added on
30 may 2007 4:03 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 775.52

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist

56 users have left 61 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.30 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very pretty. The bottle has been open for 3 years, and I think I have never found it as balanced as it is today.

    In 2016 I was at 87, in 2021 at 89, in 2022 at 90-91. Not sure it will last until 2023...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose is really great, and evolves as the bottle descends.
      Today, the peat is present, oily, creamy, but delicate.
      We have apricot, lemon.
      A big dose of mint, camphor, again creamy.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the mouth it is soft, almost a little watery.
      Oily peat with graphite.
      Pepper, nettle leaf, coriander
      Lemon zest.
      Light camphor fruit, bordering on exoticism.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish on cold smoke, ashes, pepper with camphorated, exotic fruit.

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  3. Gregorsky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
      90,5
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The smoothest Ardbeg I've ever smelled. It would be great if it weren't so expensive now.
    • Nose
      Lemony, smoky, salty. vanilla sweetness
    • Taste
      Soft sweetness. Vanilla. Fruit. Smoke in the background
    • Finish
      Ashy cool smoke. Sweet and salty.

  5. JohnW82 scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    This has to be the most creamy, soft, vanilla Ardbeg I’ve ever tried. I’ve had the bottle open just over a month now and it just keeps getting better!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Soft, creamy, vanilla, fruity, soft peat/smoke
    • Taste
      94 94
      Vanilla, oily, smooth, fruity, soft peaty, sweet
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium, soft oak, vanilla….

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Gusto scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My bottle has been open for two years. At that time I gave the whisky 87 points, well, after two years I have to revise upwards. Of course, the start is a bit thin, but then there is a very nice fruity Ardbegigkeit. The smoke remains as the final bouquet.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. spedley scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    N – coastal salty air, toffee, coffee hint, seaweed, chilli, pepper, rock pool, hint dark choc, orange juice, damp hair – 14
    P – orange, soft fresh apricot, charcoal, ash, orange zest, dark choc, whipped cream, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, cinnamon, star anise – 27
    F – dark choc, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, paprika, cinnamon, star anise, orange zest, pepper, ash, charcoal, apricot, fresh orange juice – 27 = 91

  9. Petitcham scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Little fun, but very complete

    Fruity from quality bourbon barrels, no unpleasant taste

  10. PRV scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22/23/22/22

  11. MIke9527 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Abbe, who resumed work in 1989, is not the same style as Abbe now. It was a product of the 1990s. Jack Daniels Bucket
    • Nose
      88 88
      The smell does not have the strong smell of disinfectant like modern Abbe, elegant peat, delicate smoke, chocolate,
    • Taste
      90 90
      The entrance is very soft, delicate and elegant peat, I have to say that it is completely different from the current one. The light smoke is mixed with a bit of sour and salty, and it is very comfortable to drink.
    • Finish
      89 89
      This Abbe has the essence in one. Although the degree of production is not high, it can also reflect the level it should have. This is the real, or the taste that Abbe should show.

  12. Whiskyisfordrinking did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Rather reserved in the nose. Citrus freshness, slightly sweet smoke. Salty, sweet, smoky taste. A bit dry and bitter in the finish.

  13. Valérie scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  14. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    LWC tasting with Ardbaggie. Rest of the line up was Lord of the Isles, 1974 SV, 1977 OB, 1991 OMC, 2004 AD. This was very popular and it is a great dram but I don't think this reaches to 90 points and I probably prefer the Traigh Bhan as a comparable offering (TBC). 7/10
    • Nose
      orange juice, chilli, peanut brittle, a little salted vanilla popcorn.
    • Taste
      soft, candy bracelet, becomes coastal, liquoricy, and quite bitterish.

  15. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  16. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really great Ardbeg. It differs from current Ardbeg bottlings. Nice bottling that I enjoyed.
    • Nose
      Interestingly, certain cowshed notes like those often found at Bruichladdich. Not as strong as some laddies, but I think I notice them. I haven't had one with Ardbeg yet. Smoked cheese. Juniper ham. Nice, but present smoke. A few floral notes. Herb mixture and a few spices. Baked apple and citrus notes.
    • Taste
      Very pleasant, yet powerful. Nice mouthfeel. Glucose. Sweet, elegant and yet clear smoke. The smoke gradually gets dirty. The fruits are meadow fruit with occasional exotic notes. Savory biscuits.
    • Finish
      The smoke becomes drier and ashier. Chocolate. Citrus pickled in salt.

  17. gaboruso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: Old Gold

    As for the smoke halfway between Ardbeg 10yo and the Ledaig 1972, no longer brutal and surprisingly subtle for only 16 (?) Years.
    • Nose
      Clearly smoky, citrus in the background, bicycle tube, bitumen in the sun, fall fruit, green walnut shells. Dejected, cold soot, cocooning, green branches. Campfire extinguished with water, from afar. Baked apple.
    • Taste
      Sweet, pleasantly set smoke, pineapple juice, fresh straw, malt, turpentine and polished oak. Earl Gray, rooibos tea with vanilla flavor, papaya (!).
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, real vanilla, pineapple juice with cough syrup and old resin, fir honey, malt gas station.

  20. ahroeen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of the great Ardbegs. Fruity and spicy. Vanilla, salt and peat in a lovely combination.

  21. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The colour is lightly gold. The nose is lightly peated with notes of salt, white fruits, creosote, grass, seaweeds, vanilla, cocoa, oak, perfume and dust. The palate is peaty, salty and spicy with notes of creosote, pepper, oak, white fruits, salt and seaweeds. The finish is long, peaty and spicy with notes of creosote, white fruits, vanilla and oak. This Ardbeg is a very good balanced, smooth and peaty whisky. I like it! I gave 88 points!

  22. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    350 bucks for a mediocre whisky, you are kidding me.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  24. BXpress scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    It's quite good with some medium peat influence.
    • Nose
      Nice vanilla notes. Some hay and quite mineral, salty, mossy. Kinda zesty which makes interesting and lively. Not all that expressive. Needs a bit of work.
    • Taste
      Intense iodine note in the arrival, underlined by fruity notes. A little dusty. Strong earthy/herbal notes follow. Then extreme salt and roots towards the end.
    • Finish
      Certainly long on vanilla, pepper and herbs. Very sharp aftertaste.

  25. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    My favourite Ardbeg to date. A sublime whisky that does everything just right and is understandably a classic.
    • Nose
      Very well-integrated. Soft and gentle smoked bacon, a hint of rubber, some peat, but also seaweed, some molasses and a salty sea air-quality. Now there's fruit too. Pineapple, oranges and bananas. Gorgeous.
    • Taste
      Barbecue smoke, gentle peat, and marshmellow with brine and milk chocolate. Also sal ammoniac, liquorice and a pinch of salt. Big, bold, yet restrained and with lots of subtleties. Does that make sense? It doesn't... I'm sorry.
    • Finish
      Peat, cigar tobacco, brine. Long!

  27. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2007]  I emptied a bottle together with friends that I bought for 60 Euro in April, 2007.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  My notes state a complex and rich modern Ardbeggish profile with no flaws.  Very quaffable (if you are in for the serious peaty stuff...).

  28. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    popcorn with nice butter and a lot of salt, nice sweet arbegian smoke,sweet pears, some butter candies,nice vanilla pipe tobacco, a bit dry, some paraffin

  29. Landryn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Gondwana scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Just 46%,  but this is gorgeous! 
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  31. mishadoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Cool whisky, but expensive, it's better to drink Ardbeg 10
    • Nose
      Peaty, but not such a strong tar tar or medical as a lafrouge, pleasant, some flowers, citrus and a delicate nutty and creamy note
    • Taste
      The taste is warm, less peat, slightly salty and then immediately goes into sweetness, soft, calm. At the very end of some spices or spices (cinnamon?)
    • Finish
      Finish is very pleasant, fruity, dryish, but I would not say sho very long.

  32. Waykid scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this in the same session with SN 2010 Supernova, which I didn't really like. I wouldn't speak about them on the same day, for this is excellent stuff.
    • Nose
      Old wooden ship, seaside docks and tarry ropes, some gooseberries, a very nice oaky smokiness, green apple, some lime, mussels. Savoury seabreeze. I like it very much.
    • Taste
      Oysters and clams, tar-salmiak-lozenges, salted ham, fruity and tarty white wine, some toffee, crisp green apples and a quite dry fruitiness: some grapefruit, kiwi. Very nice.
    • Finish
      Long and savoury-sweet, nice lingering smoke.

  33. ApricotOne scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  34. Palindrome scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    One of my all time favorites. If you can find a bottle, buy it!

  35. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  36. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      88 88

  37. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Its OK I suppose but nothing to get excited about.

    I think the standard 10 year a few years back was far better than this.

    I think if this was at 50-52% it would be much better.
    • Nose
      Peat, lemon, barley sugars, brine and faint hints of honey and orange.
    • Taste
      A little thin on the palate at first then a wave of peat but it is quite sour which I think is unusual, not a crisp clean peat.

      Ah yes that Ardbeg cheesiness and faint hints of sweaty socks (the wife's by the way).

      It improves with time and you get fruit which is basically a mixture of peaches and lime.

      It gets a little creamy after a while and it does improve a little but there is also a dryness about it, a little cardboard even????
    • Finish
      Not particularly long with a few sponge cake notes but the sweetness comes through at the end and it is a very pleasant icing sugar sweetness.

  38. Landryn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  39. St. Pauli did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The values as shown here on Dec 22th are absurd. The real value if you look at current auctions is rather around € 180.

  40. Peter87 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  41. Rom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    On the nose more on the smoke than on the usual fat peat of Ardbeg but accompanied by a lot of vegetal and a rather animal farm side (the influence of the label?). Attack sweet and vanilla then a franker peat makes its appearance, accompanied by a good splash of salt. The finish is very long, salty and liquorice but has a facet a bit too green for my taste. Very good all the same but less than a Uigeadail of which it has neither the scale nor the tariff wisdom.

  42. markkerr02 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Test 083: Ardbeg with Michael Heads - 080917
    The whisky tested: Glass 1 Ardbeg Blasda, 40%; 559: - kr 1 point Glass 2 Ardbeg Ten (L7) - "Old" Ten, 46%; 459: - kr 2 points Glass 3 Ardbeg Ten Mòr - "new" Ten, 46%; 3533: - kr for 450 cl 0 points Glass 4 Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 1990/2006, 46%; 599: - kr 18 points Glass 5 Ardbeg Lord of the Isles (L6 = 2006), 46%; 1590: - kr 52 points Glass 6 Ardbeg 1974/2005 cask 2741, 51.9%; 4385: - kr 10 points Glass 7 Ardbeg fat sample 10Y cask 190/1998, 55.2% 2 points Testimonials Per Eriksson Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 1990/2006, 46%; 599: - kr Scent: Smoked, chocolate-sliced, candy, vanilla, fine-tuned Taste: Smoke, chocolate, sweetie, oak, fruity, spices, nuts Aftertaste: Long, chocolate, salted, smoke, oak, spicy Score: 90 Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 1990/2006, 46%; 599: - kr Color: Light gold Scent: Smoky, figons, ripe apples Taste: Smoky with a softness, slightly daddy, figons Aftertaste: Long with smoked and ripe fruits Score: 90 http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2083%20Ardbeg%20med%20Michael%20Heads.html

  43. molar3rd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: Chardonnay.

    Nose: The nose was quite a surprise for me, as it was so floral and sweet for an Ardbeg. I was expecting more peat, and smoke, and could hardly detect any. after some more nosing i got a bit of vanilla candy, some fruit (but not the Ardbegian “zesty” lemons). Very feminine nose. Refreshing. Had this been handed to me on a blind tasting i would have guessed it’s a Bruichladdich, but certainly not an Ardbeg.

    Palate: Quite different than the nose. the fruitiness is out. Enters Peat. not huge peat. definetly not an Ardbeg 10 peat, but am ample amount to please the old taste buds . smoke(bacon?) , some Pepper also, and a wee draft of seaweed wind. It is obvious that the 16 years in those barrels have definitely have toned down the peat, to create a milder, yet complex dram.

    Finish: Long, but not as long as one would expect. Smoke is there, some cocoa notes too.

    Summing it up, i would say it’s a good Ardbeg but not a great one. i know many people love this expression, but for me, its too delicate an Ardbeg.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2009/11/08/ardbeg-corryvreckan-vs-airigh-nam-beist/

     

     

  44. Sybramsky scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  45. Dyno scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    another beist from ardbeg, unequalled...

  46. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Mushinico scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  48. Superted scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  49. Superted scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      gruel, sweet fruit
    • Taste
      smoke sweet

  50. Nethar did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Little bit lighter version of Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      In comparison with other Ardbegs I almost think that the smoke is not so strong here. More sweetness of honey and fruits. Not so complex.
    • Taste
      Smoke, lot of smoke, peat monster. Again, not to strong as "siblings".
    • Finish
      Smoke is slowly disappearing and I feel nice sweetness.

  51. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    thank God i have this bottle
    • Nose
      dark and deep,,salty texture,complex,leather,coffee,
    • Taste
      big,thick,huge peat,sweet barley
    • Finish
      coastal salty notes,cocoa,deep long intense

  52. Furtia scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. HunterRomario did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ardbeg bad whisky does not even know, this is a quality bet. Nicely balanced whisky.
    • Nose
      Sharper citruses covered with peat, thinner and pepper. The longer I smell the glass, the more I like the smell. (88 b)
    • Taste
      Iodine, oilseed impression, sweetish, gradually shifting to sharpness. The shine is sharper, shimmering, spreading toward smoke and ash. (88 b)

  54. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur



    The nose was okay, but on the palate, it is a stellar whisky. Ardbeg
    enjoys cult status. The big downside is the fact that bottles increase in price
    faster than you can imagine. This was originally sold for around 70 EUR, but
    today you will have to fork over (even for the newer batches) double that
    amount.
    • Nose


      I get sweet, delicate peat, seaweeds and iondine (but less than
      expected) on the nose, followed instantly by fruit in the guise of lemon, peach
      and Granny Smith apples. A little farmy too.
      Dried flowers and hay. Not really a stable
      scent, but close enough. I imagine myself it is the scent of the Beast his lair.
    • Taste


      The first thing I notice, when the whisky carresses the tongue, is the generous
      creaminess. Caffé Latte. Followed immediately by salt and pepper and a whole
      lot of citrus (but less than on the nose). The peat is less delicate here, as
      if it has had enough of sulking in the corner. A slice of smoked ham (from the
      Beast?) and a lot of liquorice. Very, very nice.
    • Finish


      The finish, on liquorice and sea salt, is wonderfully long.

  55. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 93 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`.

  56. mmaclean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is one of the best I have tried, get it while you can
    • Nose
      Is a lot like peat and firewood together. Some brine for bitterness, however some fresh fruit compote mixed in for balance
    • Taste
      oily, toffee, buttered popcorn, roasted nuts, oak wood, peat
    • Finish
      long finish, smoke, cigar like aroma, more peat and ting of tar

  57. alectron did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Also, for completion sake and since the Bottling codes are not represented on whiskybase accurately, here`s the bottle codes from ardbegproject.com for the 2006 releases:
    L6 256 10:25 4ML
    L6 256 15:48 4ML - 750ml US version
    L6 256 17:15 4ML
    L6 256 18:59 4ML
    L6 257 06:15 4ML
    L6 313 15:15 4ML
    L6 313 16:05 4ML
    L6 346 13:56 4ML
    L6 346 14:23 4ML

    c.

  58. mmaclean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose is amazing a malty, with the taste that has more malt, smoke, chocolate, with a body like none other. Body consists of malty nougat, toasted nuts, roasted marshmallow, some brine and a tweak or twinge of tar. Finish if you can stand it is long and strong, at 46% abv, this will last a while and won`t disappoint Ardbeg fans
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  59. mmaclean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    At first it took me some time to come around to the Peat side of scotch. This version was highly recommended and since then, it has been harder to come by. I have appreciated it now that I have learned that you need to savor the flavor on this one for a good two three minutes to get the full span. If you were to just pour and sip and drink down like it was juice, you would lose so much of the work that went into this beauty, enjoy if you can find it.

  60. I_SPEY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very nice with floral and sweet notes, little peat and smoke, but with vanilla and some fruits; a very lovely and exceptionel nose. All`s quiet distinguished! The palate starts with peat, but not overwhelming at all; and then there`s the smoked smell of bacon, accompanied with some pepper; it takes a rather long finish, not too with some smoke and fruits at the end.
    A very nice and complex whisky. I`ve heard, that it would be a special one and I fully agree!

  61. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    simple great stuff !
    • Nose
      sweet peatfire with some coastal aroma (mussels), fruity, hints of toffee
    • Taste
      strong start with sweet and peat aroma, also very fruity
    • Finish
      long and deep, peatsmoke and sweet fruits, some dry oak at the end.

  62. Frederic Olivera scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    Very good malt to enjoy aor lifes
    • Nose
      Seaside, heather, a little peat
    • Taste
      Herbes, medicinal, spacy
    • Finish
      long and intensive, smoked, spacy

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