Saturday, May 30, 2009

Release The Beast: Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist

Members, after the excesses of our first D.T.W.C event, my appetite for the single malt has been noticeably lacking. So given two weeks have now past, I thought it high time to get back on the horse, as they say. What better way then with my one true single-malt mistress, Ardbeg. I also enlisted the assistance of my whisky side-kick in coming up with these notes, so due credit must also be given to her.

I currently have a bottle of Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist (which was also noticeably absent from the D.T.W.C. event). After pouring the dram one can't help noticing how lightly coloured it is. The colour is inviting, friendly, innocent even, like a lost child seeking help. Like a lost, innocent child seeking help, packing heat.

Aside from the obvious peat and smoke that comes from an Arbeg, there were also distinct floral notes and even soap. Hints of permanent marker were also distinguishable along with what I think were bales of hay. I found it particularly aromatic, almost perfume like. It should be bottled as a male fragrance - although it would probably only attract old men.

The first taste truly does 'release the beast,' as the catch cry for this Arbeg goes. Intense enough to cause a little light-headedness. Strong iodine flavours and of course, big bold peat and smoke. You really need to sit and let the flavours subside before undertaking another attempt. Don't be fooled though, there is a distinct sweetness in this whisky and it has a sugary soft, more subtle edge then say the Arbdeg 10. Does it have 'booty', of course.

Needless to say, I am back on the bandwagon. Thanks my darling.

El Capitan,