Ardbeg Wee Beastie is the distillery's expression, aged for 5 years in old Bourbon and sherry barrels, let's call it more precisely the "Little beast" (Celtic meaning of Expression). Despite being at a very young age for a malt whiskey, Wee Beastie, which clearly shows the phrase this year on its bottle, has also taken its place in the main portfolio of the brand. Ardbeg Wee Beastie has been put on sale in our country as of November 2020.

For detailed information about Ardbeg distillery and Islay region you may take a look at my article. .

Ardbeg Wee Beastie (Scottish Single Malt, .4 abv)

Nose: Being a young sooty whiskey, I put my nose up to the glass with a bit of trepidation, but it wasn't as wild as I expected. Sooty and slightly medicated character is evident. Intensely roasted coffee beans and burnt cardboard. Right after, I picked up fresh and sweet scents like vanilla, pear and lemon. Alcohol is evident but not bothersome. Balanced despite his young age.

Palate: Sooty, roasted and iodine flavors are evident. Quite hot and scorching. Alcohol is slightly more pronounced than in the nose. However, I can say that it is easy to drink and filling. I can also say that I get light metallic flavors reminiscent of whiskey in a bottle.

Finish: A very warm medium length finish with plenty of salty and sooty flavors. The end of the aromas is medium, but the end of the warmth is long…

Comment: Ardbeg Wee Beastie is a wild expression, as one would expect from the brand, age and name. What surprised me was that despite his young age, he had a rich and balanced character, especially on the nose. As expected, it shows a hot and scorching character on the palate, but still being full and soft is a plus point for me.

I end my tasting note with the image reminiscent of a 60s horror movie poster that the brand prepared for the launch of Wee Beastie. It's really great!

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Ardbeg Wee Beastie
A wild expression, as one would expect from the brand, age and name. Despite his young age, he has a rich and balanced character, especially on the nose. Hot and scorching on the palate as expected. However, it is full and soft.
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