Discover the differences between Ardbeg Wee Beastie vs Ardbeg Uigeadail in this in-depth comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!
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|
Wee Beastie is Ardbeg´s smokiest whisky ever.
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 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.
|Nose||Smoke, bacon, iodine|
|Palate||Smoke, ash, ripe fruit, chocolate|
|Finish||Caramel, smoke, menthol, pepper|
|Alcohol content||108 proof (54% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Lagavulin 8|
The nose is a blast of smoke, with a heavy meaty note that smells like bacon. There’s also a iodine note typical of Islay whiskies.
On the palate, Uigeadail feels creamy providing a nice mouthfeel. Flavor brings heavy smoke and ash up-front, once you get that initial brick you get rewarded with ripe fruit, bitter chocolate and toasted barley.
The finish is long, bringing pleasing warmth, more smoke and pepper, along caramel and menthol.
This whisky is intense, full of smoke, with warm earthy notes, sherry sweetness and rich in minerality. The finish is long and pleasantly warm and peppery; it gets better with every sip.
If you want to tame it a bit and tune down the peaty notes add a few drops of water; that will allow sweetness to come forward.
Overall, Uigeadail is fantastic dram and the best Ardbeg Whisky reserved for experienced whisky aficionados that can handle the rich peaty notes, a pleasant bite and the high proof as it was bottled at cask strength, meaning from the barrel and completely unadulterated.
Uigeadail, pronounced “Oog-a-dal”, was named “Whisky of the Year” by the Whisky Bible in 2009, receiving 97.5 points out of 100. This is the highest grade ever given by Jim Murray; so you get an idea of how good it is.
If you are still a newbie there are better options for you or prefer overly smooth drams this in not for You!
There are a few facts worth knowing about this single malt:
- The Ardbeg Uigeadail has no age statement.
- Aged in ex-bourbon barrels and sherry butts.
Wee Beastie vs Uigeadail: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Ardbeg Wee Beastie||$50|
Ardbeg Wee Beastie vs Ardbeg Uigeadail: Which is better?
Wee Beastie is a smoke beast
- Wee Beastie is a heck of a dram but is what I would call a “niche whisky”. This is a whisky aimed at a very specific type of consumer capable of enduring a heavy smoky character and displaying perseverance to enjoy this smoke-bomb.
- Uigeadail is also a strongly peated whisky but remains reasonable as it is perfectly balanced, flavorful and remarkably smooth for a dram bottled at cask strength.
- Therefore, I prefer the Uigeadail although I know a couple of lads that have the Wee Beastie on a pedestal.
What do Wee Beastie and Uigeadail have in common?
These whiskies and as every Ardbeg release are not chill-filtered and do not have caramel coloring to look pretty. These pours are absolutely legit making a great choice for those who value those little features.
Chill-filtering and adding caramel is completely legal under the laws that govern Scotch whisky, but some people frown upon these practices.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!