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Ardbeg Wee Beastie Scotch Whisky Review

Overall Score: 8.1 Wee Beastie is a beast of scotch with bolder flavors and great complexity. If you enjoy peated whisky, this bottle is a no brainer based on the value you receive.


  • Price: $45
  • Proof: 94.8 (47.4% ABV)
  • Type: Scotch
  • Age: 5 years
  • Distillery: Ardbeg
  • Visit the distillery page at Ardbeg Wee Beastie


Nose: The bottle labeling states it’s ‘A Monster of A Dram’ which is justified the second you place the glass to your nose. The peat is overpowering and stronger than other Ardbeg expressions. The smokiness of the whisky is noticed a few feet away. Read more about peated whisky for a deeper understanding.

Palate: The taste is immediately intense with smoky, robust flavors. Peated whisky targets drinkers with a bolder palate, and Wee Beastie doesn’t disappoint. Wee Beastie is Ardbeg’s youngest whisky expression and is intended to offer bolder flavors from reduced aging. The smokiness of the peat coats your tongue and provides long, lasting flavor. The complexity of the whisky is on display as you experience multiple whisky notes, which extend beyond the peat alone. This is a great peated scotch at a reasonable price, making it a clear recommendation for purchase. Those with a weaker palate should avoid this for more subtle scotches.

Finish: The finish is exceptional as you notice various, bold flavors. Wee Beastie hangs with you for a few seconds and stays on your palate until rinsed with water. This whisky should be consumed neat, but it’s also great on rock for consumers that prefer a cold drink (the intense flavors are still recognizable).


Overall Score: 8.1 (score reflects taste and price)

Ardbeg Wee Beastie is matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks. It’s the youngest whisky expression offered by the distillery, providing elevated intensity and smokiness to this beautifully crafted scotch. In life, the younger you are, the dumber you are…however, you’re full of energy and passion, because the world hasn’t fucked you over as much. The same applies to peated scotch; the lower aging leads to bolder and more powerful flavors. This is a great addition to the Ardbeg collection, and we’re fortunate it’s a permanent offering.

Degenerate Discussion

Ardbeg Wee Beastie is the shit for bolder drinkers that enjoy smoky flavors offered by peated whisky. This bottle offers exceptional value due to the price and flavor. The name matches the experience and allows you to stereotype Scotland with a terrible Scotish accent as you attempt to adjust your tone when saying ‘Wee Beastie.’ Fortunately, you can’t culturally appropriate or get in trouble for making fun of white cultures, so shit on those Europeans as much as you please. Fuck Finaland, Belgium, and Netherlands…on a more serious note, jump on Drizly, and add Ardbeg Wee Beastie to your collection. Cheers Degenerates!


You can find Ardbeg Wee Beastie on the following Degenerate listings:

  • Top 10 Scotch Whiskeys
  • Top 10 Peated Whiskeys

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