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Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old

31st March 2020
Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old a feisty and intensely powerful smoky whisky is untamed by age and a new permanent addition to the Ardbeg core range.

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year OldArdbeg has announced the launch of a new permanent addition to their core range, Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old which has been matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks.

It is a young whisky but as fans of peaty whiskies will know a young peaty whisky can often offer more peaty pleasure than a more mature whisky which has been tamed by time spent maturing in the cask so I think this could be a very welcome addition to the Ardbeg range. Its maturation in a combination of ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks and being bottled unchill-filtered at what should be a rather flavoursome strength of 47.4% ABV should also add to the overall pleasure of the Ardbeg Wee Beastie, time will tell and I shall certainly update you with my opinion on the Wee Beastie when I get the chance to taste it.

Ardbeg Wee Beastie is described as a Ďmonster of a dramíÖ with a formidable bite, as I said it has been matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, Ardbeg tells me that Wee Beastie bristles with intense aromas of cracked black pepper, sappy pine resin and sharp tangs of smoke. It is said to have an explosive mouthfeel which bursts forth with chocolate, creosote and tar. As savoury meats sink into the palate, the long salty mouth coating finish slinks away.

Ardbegís Director of Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden, said: "Iím in no doubt that Ardbeggians will love this tongue-tingling expression. The casks chosen for its creation make it ideal for enjoying neat or as the mouth-watering main ingredient in a powerfully smoky cocktail."

Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, said: "A new permanent expression in the core range is always momentous for the Distillery, but Wee Beastie is a particularly special dram. As itís a younger whisky, it means weíre able to get as close to the still as possible. So itís safe to say this is a ferociously good wee nip!"

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old has a RRP of £40 and will be available from April from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

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

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.

Finish: A long, salty and mouthcoating finish with hints of cocoa, fudge and savoury meats.

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