Regular raders know that I love the Islay Scotches—especially the big, bad peat and iodine monsters. I found this young expression of Ardbeg a few months ago at a liquor store in Wahsington, DC. I was prepared to be underwhelmed—how big can a young Scotch be?
Plenty, as Wee Beastie showed me. The distillery aimed to make this malt big and smoky and succeeded. The iodine note is there, as is black pepper I’m delighted to read they also intend to have this as a regular Ardbeg offering. (Rating: very good)
Read more about Wee Beastie at https://www.ardbeg.com/en-US/our-whiskies/ardbeg-wee-beastie.