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Ardbeg Wee Beastie

SKU 8ddd9c4e1055 Categories Whiskey, Spirits Tags Bourbon Whiskey, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

$54.99

Size
750ml, bottle

Ardbeg Wee Beastie is a youthful yet powerful single malt Scotch whisky. Aged for five years in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, it packs a punch with bold smoky flavors, hints of sweetness, and a lingering peppery finish.

Description

Nose

The initial hit is undeniably Islay. Think pungent peat smoke, mingling with the salty spray of the sea and a farmyard earthiness. Lighter notes peek through as well, offering a surprising counterpoint. Hints of citrus, like lemon zest or pear drop candies, add a touch of sweetness.  Subtle background notes of vanilla and even mint tea can be detected by keen noses.

Palate

The smokiness takes center stage here, but it’s a complex smoke, not a one-dimensional punch. Imagine biting into barbecued meats, especially brisket burnt ends, with a hint of sweet and tangy barbecue sauce clinging to them. Fruity notes emerge alongside the smoke, with crisp green apples leading the way. Despite the youth of the whisky, there’s a surprising sweetness present, like spun sugar. Don’t be fooled though, the peppery bite of the peat ash isn’t far behind, adding a pleasant warmth.

Finish

The Wee Beastie’s finish lingers long on the palate. The smokiness continues to develop, taking on a slightly meaty character. The lack of chill filtration becomes evident here, with a drying sensation that some find appealing. A subtle nuttiness, perhaps reminiscent of raw almonds, joins the barley malt essence, rounding out the experience.

Additional information

Product Type

Whiskey

Style

Single Malt

abv

47.40%

Country

Scotland

Region

Islay

Brand

Ardbeg

Size

750ml, bottle

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Tasting Notes

Finish

Finish

A long, salty and mouth coating finish with hints of cocoa, fudge and savory meats.

Taste

Taste

A rich, explosive mouthfeel with lots of chocolate, tar, creosote and smoked bacon, followed by a burst of antiseptic lozenges, eucalyptus and more aniseed.

Aroma

Aroma

Very bright, fresh, herbal, with hints of vanilla, pear, freshly cracked black pepper, honey glazed ham. Rich Turkish coffee, sappy pine resin.