Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5, Single Malt Whisky, 70cl.

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Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5, Single Malt Whisky, 70cl. The Wee Beastie is the latest edition to the core line up at Ardbeg, following on from the An Oa and Traigh...
Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5, Single Malt Whisky, 70cl. The Wee Beastie is the latest edition to the core line up at Ardbeg, following on from the An Oa and Traigh Bain. This, by far, is one of the feistiest Ardbeg to be made available in recent times.

Wee Beastie is the latest Ardbeg whisky to be named after one of Islay's many historical legends that range from mystical sea creatures to elusive and reclusive hill dwelling half-beings.
  • Region: Islay
  • Distillery: Ardbeg
  • Age/Name: 5 "Wee Beastie"
  • Size: 70cl
  • Strength: 46% ABV
  • Bottled By: Distiller
  • Chill-Filtered: no

Nose: There’s sea spray, rock pools, smoked malt and damp bonfire wood initially which waves of sweet and slightly vegetal smoke powers through. Hints of brown sugar, pear drops, a little vanilla and cooked apple add sweetness among notes of spare ribs, lemon sherbet, black pepper and wood shavings. I love this nose, it’s smoky and musty and like standing by a seaside bonfire.

Palate: The palate is very pleasantly sweet and salty. Citrus oils and orchard fruits are present along with an unmistakable dark berry tartness which is joined by plenty of damp peat and dry wood smoke. Adding depth there’s pepper steak, creosote and then some touches of clove and liquorice. In the back-end, there’s a juicy sweetness from lychee and peaches as well as just a touch of salted caramel.

Finish: The finish is exceptionally long and oily. It’s a bit like sucking on a lemon sherbet and taking a great big whiff of some freshly cut peat, to be honest. While standing on a beach. Lovely.