Discover the differences between Ardbeg 10 vs Ardbeg Wee Beastie in this in-depth comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!
|Nose||Smoke, ash, coal, caramel|
|Palate||Smoke, tobacco, caramel, bacon|
|Finish||Long, caramel, smoke|
|Alcohol content||93 proof (46.3% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Lagavulin 8, Talisker 10|
Nose is full of smoke, ash and coal but mellows out into a rich caramel scent as you let it develop in the glass.
On the palate, this malt provides a thick creamy body. Flavor brings a blast of smoke, along notes of tobacco, espresso coffee and a meaty bacon note.
Everything is nicely balanced against caramel notes making it remarkably good.
The finish is long and warming, with smoke, sweet caramel and a dash of black pepper.
Ardbeg 10 is a whisky made for seasoned peat and smoke lovers.
This whisky is complex and delicious, smooth and well-rounded, rich in caramel and smoke, along mineral and sweet notes. This is one of the best malts for smoke enthusiasts.
Few whiskies are as full and rich in peat and smoke than the Ardbeg 10. If you are new to this type of whisky you might find it overwhelming hence don’t expect to like it as much as I do on the first date.
If you feel overwhelmed by the Ardbeg add a few drops of water releasing sweet and floral notes making it easier to drink.
If you want an Ardbeg with very little smoke look into the Ardbeg An Oa!
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Ardbeg 10:
- Aged for 10 years in bourbon barrels.
- Won Gold medal in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2016: 97/100.
- Jim Murray Whisky Bible: 2008 World Whisky of the Year.
Ardbeg Wee Beastie
|Nose||Beach bonfire, meaty smoke|
|Palate||Smoke, eucalyptus, chocolate, tar|
|Finish||Long, meat, salt, chocolate|
|Alcohol content||95 proof (47.4% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Port Charlotte 10, Lagavulin 8|
Wee Beastie is the the smokiest Ardbeg.
The nose smells like a beach bonfire with a heavy bacon note.
This is a young and strong malt, soaked in peat, quite meaty, with an unexpected wave of sweetness that makes you stay and delicious traces of chocolate on the palate.
The finish is long and pleasantly warm, rich in BBQ smoke and a refreshing medicinal note.
Wee Beastie (Review) demands a bit of perseverance to fully enjoy its heavy tasting notes. A bit of water helps releasing sweetness while tuning down the heavy smoke presence.
Even though I usually do not recommend using fine single malts as mixers this is one that does well in cocktails that demand a smoky spirit.
Overall, Ardbeg Wee Beastie is a bold malt, with super heavy smoke presence that demands a qualified drinker to enjoy.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Wee Beastie:
- Aged for 5 years using ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks. Oloroso is known for its nutty and sweet flavor and there is something of it in the Wee Beastie.
- This release is not limited, it has become a permanent addition to the lineup.
Ardbeg 10 vs Wee Beastie: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Ardbeg Wee Beastie||$50|
Ardbeg 10 vs Wee Beastie: Which is better?
The 10 YO is lighter on the smoke
- If you are crazy about peat and strong smoky flavors then the Wee Beastie is for you. This whisky is a peat-monster that demands a very specific type of consumer to break through a thick layer of peat to find sweetness.
- Ardbeg 10 is high in peat but still quite manageable and well balanced making a very nice sipper for those who are fond of this type of whisky.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!