smoky
dark chocolate
brine
vanilla
black pepper
woody
coffee
meat
herbs
Spiral Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie

Ardbeg
5 Year Old Wee Beastie
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Light Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is sharp and fresh with distinct notes of vanilla, black pepper, wood sap, and espresso.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavors really jump with notes of hickory-smoked bacon, eucalyptus, and dark chocolate.

Finish
The finish is long and briny with a coating mouth-feel.
Price:
$48.99
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Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie is adored for its smoky, dark chocolate, brine and vanilla flavor notes.

This Scotch is carefully distilled at Ardbeg distillery, Islay.

Based on 118 votes, the average rating for Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie is 8/10.

Top reviews for Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie:

— Best flavor for the price. My current favorite. I feel like I've fallen face-first into a bog.

— So good. Just like a puppy it likes to bite but that big ardbeg is right there waiting to welcome you.

— Was not expecting this one. It's so good. I love the balance of smoke and sweet this one gives me. The umami is on point!

Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie

(0.75l, 47.4%)


8/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie
Thomas
Thomas,
Nice for the price, but I prefer the 10. The younger lack the polish and brightness but delivers are the typical Ardbeg characteristics.
 
David
David,
Solid, more sweetness than I expected.
 
Lee
Lee,
Not sure how you can beat it for the price. This is probably the best cheaper peated whiskey I've ever tried.
 
David
David,
Good nose, smells of various things, with nothing standing out to me. Smoky, not as much as the 10 yr, taste of meat and pepper, little pepper in the aftertaste and good mouth feel
 
Tim
Tim,
Stale cigarettes
 
Evan
Evan,
This whiskey has a diverse flavor profile. It’s remarkable and one I hope to keep around the house.
 
guest
guest,
Campfire, finish of napalm
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Solid, tasty, smokey whisky. Don't let a small age statement deter you from this, it can hang with some peaty favs.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Was concerned with the age and it being harsh and Smokey, guy at my local convinced me to give it a try. I was shocked. Pleasantly smoked, smooth finish it’s not for those new to scotch and not something I’d waste on my bourbon friends. One of the better buys/finds in a while. Careful not to over-do-it your brain will be peat smoked in the morning ...
 
Forrest
Forrest,
For this price this is quite good. Dark chocolate, with smoke and savory Ali g for the ride. Salud!
 
Lindsey
Lindsey,
Best flavor for the price. My current favorite. I feel like I've fallen face-first into a bog.
 
Colin
Colin,
This is a dram you can chew. Nice, silky mouthfeel and tastes of warm smoked pork and brisket...and peat, obviously. Truly excellent for the price!
 
Chad
Chad,
Intensely Smokey! Ardbeg has become my favorite distillery and this is no exception. Underpriced and delicious. If you didn’t write five year on the front you would never guess it as it is as smooth as any 10 or 12 year.
 
Justin
Justin,
Well behaved for a 5yr old. Obviously peaty but doesn't completely dominate. Not a huge fan of the slightly salty part but it is short-lived. That gives way to a slightly sweet flavor and a nice, long finish.
 
Chris
Chris,
So good. Just like a puppy it likes to bite but that big ardbeg is right there waiting to welcome you.
 
Drew
Drew,
Goodness what a great bottle. For a 5 year, the taste of peat and smoke is pretty amazing, and if we're talking about price, this blows many of the young scotches that claim to be peaty out of the water. It's no Lagavulin 16, but again, for the price you cannot beat this. I first had it at a whiskey tasting bar in town, and it was about $9 for a poor. Imagine my surprise when I saw the price here for the whole bottle. Legendary. This will be a regular buy from me.
 
Allegra
Allegra,
This may be my new favorite. Lots of complexity woven into a nice smooth dram.
 
Chris
Chris,
Was not expecting this one. It's so good. I love the balance of smoke and sweet this one gives me. The umami is on point!
 
Chris
Chris,
Young and some sharp edges compared to TEN but nice balance of smoke and sweet flavors of chocolate and salty bacon. It is not Uegeadail but a nice option/choice to have especially at the price.
 
James
James,
My favorite of the young Islay whiskies. Peat-forward, oily body, and a great example of Ardbeg. At the price, there's really no reason not to try this.
Drew
Drew,
I absolutely agree. I first tasted the 10 and, even though this one is younger, it does not disappoint.
Jared
Jared,
10/10 for value! First off, I love Ardbeg. Keep the Uegeadail and Corryvreckan on the shelf always. This 5 year wee beastie is a steal for $50 usd. Love the bbq burnt end smoke. Not as young or sharp on the tongue as I expected. Another great Scotch that has me grabbing it more often than some whiskies I’ve paid 3 or 4 times more for. Fantastic for the price! Buy this!
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Very campfire peaty. Intense and hot. When I'm feeling an intense smoke explosion, this is my bottle. Less "meaty" than Uigedail.
 
Logan
Logan,
One of my new favorite weekly sippers. GREAT value for the price. Smoky, meaty with a kind of dark fruit, chocolate?? and a bit sweat. I think the smoke on the nose is comparable but I felt like it was not as heavy, salty or "oil fire" on the palate as the 10yr. But damn, just solid and delicious peaty sipper!
 
guest
guest,
Lots of smoke on the nose with some underlying sea salt. Palate started the initial smoke but then quickly gave way to a sweet vanilla flavor, which was surprising to me. Got a hint of coffee after a sip of water. Really enjoyable especially if your an Islay fan
 
Hendrik
Hendrik,
One of my all time favorites!
 
DANIEL
DANIEL,
I love Ardbeg 10 and had to give this a try. This scotch is great for the price. Very smoky and enjoyable. Agree with others that it is a little rougher and less refined than the 10 but I don't think by much. Wee beastie is a great addition to my bar.
 
Zach
Zach,
Excellent value and tons of flavor for a 5 year old. The youth of it holds the strong peaty flavor!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Appearance: Color is straw, decent legs... Nose: Dry smoke, charcoal, hints of salinity, light malty undertones with tropical fruit just barely making an appearance... Palate: Dark smoke, smoked meat, tar, faint salinity. Sweet ripe fruit on midpalate. Nice contrast of smoke and sweet... Mouthfeel: Thick, mouth coating, Well above average... Finish: Linger of smoke, peat spice. Moderate duration... Overall: Great contrast of smoke and light/sweet fruit. Lots to like, especially at the lower price point
 
John
John,
I enjoyed this a lot but I am all about Ardbeg whisky. The nose is pure peaty Islay smoked ham steaks . It tastes like Arbdeg 10 but harsher and less refined. Adding some water helps with this. The peat smoke is stronger than any Ardbeg I’ve had. Finish lingers for days. I would buy another bottle only if I could find it cheaper than the 10 year or Laphroaig 10.
 
Scott
Scott,
Wee Beastie is a lot smoky! Great peaty whisky for the price!
 
James
James,
The go-for-your-throat peatiness won't be for everybody. If you enjoy a young Islay, this is a great option. Comparing it to similar malts - maybe a Laphroaig QC, or one of the young Signatory Caol Ila bottlings - it comes off favorably, and at a decent price point. An oily feel and buttery finish are nearly overwhelmed by peat and smoke, but what did you expect on a five-year Ardbeg? I'll be keeping a bottle around.
 
Jared
Jared,
Love it. It’s like Corryvreckan junior.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
New to tasting want to try something Smokey having like JW black. Too much for me...could get over feeling like I was licking ashes 😬
 
Andrew
Andrew,
An excellent whisky that brings a lot of bourbon in the finish (vanilla, toffee, oak). There is a fun bit of dark chocolate that sneaks in as well. But this is smoke from one end to the other. A really nice dram that shows its age briefly, but not in an annoying way. All in all, it holds up nicely with some good complexity. To me, it is like the younger brother of Coreyvreckan.
 
Alex
Alex,
Great price point for some Ardbeg deliciousness. Does not disappoint.
 
bill
bill,
Smokey with a bite, all the things they said it would be. Not bad at all! I would say it is over priced for a 5 year though
 
Adam
Adam,
Young, but mature beyond it's years. A slightly lighter body than the 10, but strong notes of dark chocolate, brine and smoke linger well after the last sip. Very nice for the price!
 
David
David,
This is great! Smoky and young. It's only in the barrels for five years so realize you're getting a dram with a bite to it! When you open the bottle, that smokey peaty Islay smell brings you right to the coast. When you sip, the smokiness hits you right away along with the brightness that shines through since it's so young. Afterwards the dark chocolate and pepper spiciness hits you. Realize what you're getting here... This isn't going to be the smoothest, even-tempered dram like some that are aged four times as long as this guy. But if you're looking for something fun and different, or if you're looking for an Islay whiskey worthy of mixing into a cocktail, this is your beast.
 
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