Full-on Ardbeg on the nose! Hot tar, lemon juice, charcuterie, thick peat smoke, ginger, and a hint of Jaffa oranges. The palate is oily and well-integrated, with black pepper, coal tar soap, cloves, vanilla, and orchard fruits. Spicy in the lengthy finish, with more tar, peat, and salty oak. (GS, Fall 2020)
The famous distillery at the end of the road on Islay's south shore has just released this monster of a dram, its youngest, smokiest permanent release to date. The Wee Beastie is designed specifically with smokey cocktails in mind, but that won't stop all the Ardbeg lovers from drinking it, neat and if you're one of the lucky lovers of this little distillery on the rock above the bay, you'll no doubt devour this raw and unabashed new offering right up. This bad boy is aged in a mixture of ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry casks for just 5 years, but takes much bigger bites than expected. A great balance of power and freshness, the distillery describes it as, "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 water, more herbal notes such as vetiver grass, fennel and anise, green apple and leather. 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.Finish: A long, salty and palatable finish with notes of cocoa, fudge butter caramel and hearty meat."
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