Joining the esteemed Ultimate Range of the distillery, Ardbeg Wee Beastie emerges as the newest permanent member. Though it's a mere five years old, do not be deceived by its age. Wee Beastie lives up to its name, presenting itself as a spirited and fiery delight packed with a punch of unmatched flavor.
Its authenticity is preserved through a non-chill filtered process, ensuring every sip retains the whisky's true essence. Aged in both ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, it inherits whispers from each, blending the casks' histories and characteristics into a vibrant tapestry of taste. This young malt may be a "Wee Beastie," but it roars with the heart of a lion.
Tasting Note by Ardbeg
Nose: Fresh herbal notes, with creeping hints of vanilla and pear. Rich Turkish coffee mingles with sappy pine resin, with honey-glazed ham lurking in the background. With water, more herbal top notes like vetiver and fennel captivate and pull you in, while beguiling scents of aniseed, green apple and leather cause you to drop your guard. Out of nowhere, a sharp tang of smoke and a crack of fresh black pepper fire warning shots across the senses.
Palate: Suddenly, a rich, explosive mouthfeel bursts forth with chocolate, creosote and tar. A powerful blast of eucalyptus thrashes about with antiseptic lozenges and aniseed. The raw, smoky intensity gathers pace, before smoked bacon and savoury meats sink into the palate.
Finish: The long, salty mouthcoating finish retreats, with hints of cocoa and fudge slinking slowly away.