Ardbeg Wee Beastie: Here is the smoky monster dram
A five-yearjoins the permanent range of the Islay
Ardbeg promises a very lively and whisky and presents ithe Wee Beastie: Five years old, matured in ex- and ex-oloroso and at 47.4% . This is not a special edition, but a whisky that will from now on be part of Ardbeg's standard range, and yes, it shows an statement! Originally, the Ardbeg Wee Beastie was announced for March 2020, but actual news said fans of the iconic Islay distillery will probably have to wait until mid-April.
A small, biting beast
Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, whose upcoming retirement we recently announced here, says about his distillery's new product: “Ardbeg Wee Beastie is an extraordinary . As our youngest matured whisky, it clearly shows the special characteristics of our stills - an ultimately good little beast!”, and Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Whisky Creation at Ardbeg, says: “I am sure that many Ardbeg fans and everyone who wants to become one will love this tongue tingler. Selected create a bottling that can be enjoyed neat or is a delicious main ingredient in a very smoky cocktail.” (We translated those both comments from a German press release we got from Moet-Hennessy Germany).
The term "Wee Beastie" is probably not totally new to Scots and to Scotland travelers, but they heard it in a different context, not regarding peat smoke and strong pepper and spice notes. And this Wee Beastie now joins the other Ardbeg peat monsters.: Wee Beastie is sometimes referred to the small, annoying Scottish mosquitoes, the midges, which show up in swarms and bite you unpleasantly. An ideal template for the marketing people at Ardbeg, because the Ardbeg Wee Beastie also has the strong “bite”, they report, but it is the bite of a young with its intense
Tastingnotes for the Ardbeg Wee Beastie
In the nose: Very shiny, fresh and herbal, with a hint of vanilla, pear, black pepper, freshly ground, and glazed ham. Strong Turkish coffee, juicy pine resin. With a little
On the palate: Powerful, explosively filling with lots of chocolate, tar, creosote tar oil and smoked bacon, followed by an eruption of antiseptic lozenges, eucalyptus and more anise.
: A long, salty and palatable finish with notes of cocoa, fudge butter caramel and hearty meat.