Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Ardbeg Wee Beastie
WhiskyArdbeg Wee Beastie
TypeSingle Malt
CaskBourbon cask,Sherry (Oloroso)
Age5 years old
Rating 83/100


Ardbeg is a whisky distillery in Port Ellen, on the south coast of the isle of Islay in Scotland. The distillery has been producing whisky since 1798 and is owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. Ardbeg whisky is considered to be among the peatiest in the world, while many whisky experts rank their Uigeadail bottling amongst the world's best whiskies.
Reviews of Ardbeg Wee Beastie
says on July 31, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Old gold

General description

My favourite Ardbeg yet. Given how much I love the 10, this came as a real surprise. It's like the 10"s younger, leather cladded, cigarette smoking younger brother, and you know they are up for a fight. Definitely bad boy of the clan..

says on July 16, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 84/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Old gold

General description

According to the bottle, this is a 'Wee Beastie' and a 'beast of a dram' at the same time. Lets see which of both descriptions is the most accurate.

The nose is - for Islay standards - fairly gentle, with peatsmoke and light fruits. This is followed by wet, peppery pine wood, ash and spicy orange peel, before it fades into milk chocolate and liquorice.

The combination of gentle and fierce makes it fall just in between - like a cuddly bear with fangs. It's also a perfect example that young, decently priced single malts can be quite tasty.


Gentle fruit (apple, strawberry, pomelo), smoke, wet wood and ash.


Not as gentle as the nose suggests. Wet pine wood on a bonfire. Bittersweet. Spicy pineapple, peat, orange peel and black pepper.


Milk chocolate, cinnamon sugar and liquorice.

says on June 28, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Nachdem ich eine kleine Ewigkeit dem Arbeg "Very Young" nachgetrauert habe endlich was junges, deftiges von Ardbeg.
In die Nase steigt dezenter Apfel und, wen wunderts, Torfrauch.
Dann wie immer einen ordentlichen Schluck genommen und leicht gezähmter Torfrauch macht sich mundfüllend breit. Dezent trockene Eiche und viel deftiger Torf klingen ganz langsam aus. Nette Süße und dunkle Schokolade lassen auch noch grüßen.
Feiner Whisky bei dem ich leider etwas das "Beasty" vermisse, das der "Very Young" hatte.

says on May 27, 2020
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 79/100
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

Not as great as I had hoped. Had it side by side with Port Askaig 8 year. Port Askaig 8 year was better with N,P, and F. I'm a pretty big ardbeg fanboy too.

says on May 23, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

Nose is spicy red pepper flakes, with black pepper seasoning over a steak from cast iron. Bonfire smoke with just a hint of barrel char. Those nose is a dry smoky peat, and not wet bog. Slightly on the medicinal side of the fence, but more like a campfire in late summer.

Part of the heat in the nose is the ABV of 47% but there is a not insignificant portion of that coming from the peppery aromas. Still, considering how high the ABV is there isn't quite as much burn as I would have expected. Or maybe it's just more pleasant than I would have anticipated.

The taste is jalapeno and habanero heat in the middle of the tongue. Just a hint of menthol/mint at the swallow. The peat manifests itself as more boggy and muddy at the swallow than it does in the nose.

The finish is dry cigar tobacco ash, the finish is not very long but it is very pleasant. It's dry like a bonfire that you just doused water all over. The burn is just this side of being overkill, but I really enjoy it. If you are a peat-head You need to get your hands on some because it's not that expensive.

says on May 13, 2020
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 82/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Old gold

General description

First whiff is sweet, pear, and a little alcoholic, which disappears quickly.
Pepper and coal straight away, hiding sharpness.
Earthy finish.

says on April 24, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 81/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

on the nose, sweet smokey peat,
on the palate, ash, smoke, dark fruits. some BBQ ribs, slightly burned.
on the finish, smokey, some oak wood tannins, leather. not too long

says on April 9, 2020
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 78/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

On the nose: young and smokey.
On the taste: first black pepper and then the smoke hits the palate. When the smoke fades away dark chocolade, hints of vanilla and tar/ash come through. Quite oily as well.
Aftertaste is a little salty and long.
The taste is better then you expect after you nosed it. Nice dram but next time a pay a little more and get the 10yo

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Flavour profile

  • Peat
  • Sweet
  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Tar
  • Warming
  • Pepper
  • Pine
  • Smoke
  • Character
  • Young
  • Dusty
  • Mineral
  • Strong
  • Vanilla
  • Black pepper
  • Dark
  • Tasty
  • Sherry
  • Peel
  • Lemon peel
  • Lemon
  • Tart
  • Exciting
  • Aged
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