Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Ardbeg Wee Beastie
Whisky Ardbeg Wee Beastie
Type Single Malt
Cask Bourbon cask,Sherry (Oloroso)
Age 5 years old
Abv 47.4%
Rating 82/100

About

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 March 29, 2021
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 84/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Pale gold

General description

Great addition to the Ardbeg range, however it’s price leaves me wondering why one wouldn’t simply opt for the 10yo which is substantially better. A pleasant dram, but not one I would return to when you can get the Laphroiag Select for cheaper and the 10yo for not much more.

Nose

Reminds me a lot of Laphroiag Select rather than a young Ardbeg. Of course peaty, but also with a bit or seaweed/brine and wood notes.

Palate

With water it is superb, nice and oily, but still just that little too young and I would always opt for the 10yo instead. Meaty and seaweed peat rather than the ultra dry, campfire peat of other Ardbegs

Finish

Nice, but not nearly as moreish as the 10yo

says on March 11, 2021
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 78/100
Color: Pale staw

General description

Smoke, but lacking sea spray

says on February 28, 2021
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 79/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Pale gold

General description

Similar to a pleated Irish

Nose

Shiny, Smokey, salty

Palate

Young, salt and smoke, some sweet

Finish

Not much, a little tingle on the tongue

says on February 12, 2021
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Amontillado sherry

General description

A young expression of the untamed spirit we all love. Wild, but refined.

Nose

campfire smoke, a medicinal quality, green grapes, saltwater, walnuts

Palate

deep earth, peat moss, oak, raisin, salt, tar

Finish

raisiny sweetness and smoke

says on January 7, 2021
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 83/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

A very young whisky with character. Bottle opens with heavy, smokey aromas, but fail to carry over through to the palate and finish. The peat starts out strong, then slowly diminishes as one's tasting journey progresses. All things considered, it's a decent whisky with a gentle kick - a Wee Beastie, indeed.

Nose

Heavy peat, smoked meat, barbecue, sea salt, grass

Palate

Peat, earthiness, chlorophyll, moss, cedar bark, leather, cayenne pepper, hint of juniper, subtle honey

Finish

Light peat, smoke, moss, grass, sea salt, hint of black pepper

says on December 25, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 100/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

tasted at my work. I love this peated one.

says on September 26, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 84/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Yellow gold

General description

Peat, smoke, young, strong, pepper, lemon.Very good but a little too expensive for its age.

says on September 24, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 81/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

chemical beast from Islay

Nose

chemical, salty, , sweet carmel, peat - of course. very interesting nose

Palate

peat, chemical notes, tart, sweetnes and spiciness - great taste as for 5yo whisky

Finish

chemical, tire, wood, pepper - islay at it's best

says on September 18, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Amber

General description

Sehr aromenreicher Whisky für die Dauer der Reife!

says on September 5, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Old gold

General description

Surprising! I had not been an Islay fan (not sure if I am now) but this dram is appealing.

Nose

Camp fire goodness and ocean.

Palate

The smoke hit right off the bat but once it went away I was left with a light fruity pear

Finish

medium with hints of fruit and peate

says on August 31, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Old gold

General description

This is something different. Brutal harsh and wild. Wee beastie means little beast. Perfect example of not to judge a whisky by the neck pour. It needs time, once oxygenating for a while, offering much more than initially do.

Nose

aggressive peat smoke, barley, salt, see shore, shoe polish, asphalt, stable.

Palate

sweet and sharp, aggressive, full bodied, peppery, peaty, sea weed, cooked vegetables.

Finish

smoke, pepper, salt, brine, sweet, dry

says on August 24, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Pale gold

General description

sweet nose with that lovely peat. Medicinal with a sweet note.

Nose

sweet and peat.

Palate

meaty

Finish

lingering peat.

says on August 16, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: White wine

General description

a nice peaty and bbq whisky with hints of black pepper. the after taste lasts a while which is nice.

Nose

peaty, bbq

Palate

dry peaty, black pepper.

Finish

smoke & black pepper

says on August 16, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

No real need for the 'Wee Beastie' name, this is Ardbeg 5 and it's proper tasty. I'll probably stick with the ten, but this should attract many people to the brand.

says on August 13, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 84/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

With something called "Wee Beastie", you better delivery. I was expecting with less age, more Peat flavor (think 5 year old Octomore) Only $9 cheaper than Ten and with An Oa on sale from same price as Ten, I'd be happy go for either one over this. Maybe if this was Cask Strength for the same price as Ten, it might stand up.

Young Smokey, not as complex as 10 and above. But it is growing on me...

Nose

Peaty, Brine, honey reminds me of of a Speyside nose which a touch of peat

Palate

Smokey Peat, young whiskey flavor and burn

Finish

Sweet, Smokey, medicinal long burn

says on August 9, 2020
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 70/100
Color: Old gold

General description

Mostly getting liquorice and samiak. Not much smoke as described.

says on August 8, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Old gold

General description

A strange entry to Ardbeg. the same peaty characteristic as well as sharp in your face flavour. But there's a flavour I can't place.

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.

Nose

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

Palate

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

Finish

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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