Ardbeg 1990
Airigh Nam Beist Bot.2008

70cl / 46%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Ardbeg 1990 / Airigh Nam Beist / Bot.2008
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Airigh Nam Beist 1990 is a delicious vintage bottling from the ongoing success story that is Ardbeg. Sadly now discontinued due to exhausted stocks, 'the Beist' was an extremely popular Ardbeg, with assertive and powerful peatiness and a lovely honeyed edge. Oh, and it's pronounced 'Arry nam Baysht'.
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Ardbeg 1990 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Nose: The initial impression is of eating Ardbeg ice cream on the beach – the combination of sea spray, creamy vanilla ice cream infused with hints of peat oil, finished with a drizzle of gooey fudge sauce. Cutting through this luscious sweetness is an exciting assortment of fennel and pine nuts, zesty limes and sherbet with a touch of geranium leaves and lavender.

    Taste: Definitely Ardbeg on the taste with peat, seaweed bonfire smokiness. Crispy smoky bacon, maple syrup and antiseptic lozenges leave a peppery and oily feel on the palate. Sweet and fruity flavours of ripe autumn fruits and chocolate limes emerge as notes of black coffee, liquorice and reminders of parma violets linger in the background.

    Finish: Long on the finish with dried peat and creamy notes.    

  • Tasting Notes by John Hansell (Malt Advocate)

    Some of the best intensely smoky, peaty Islay whiskies are balanced with a foundation of malty sweetness.  This whisky is an excellent example.  A sinewy malt with the classic bold notes of kiln smoke, peat, tarry rope, and coal ash.  Sweeter notes of honeyed malt, ripe vanilla, chocolate fudge and toasted marshmallow temper and soothe the palate, along with background berry confit.  The smoke lingers long on the palate.  Ardbeg devotees will not be disappointed.  92 points.

    [These tasting notes are reproduced from Malt Advocate magazine Q1 2007]

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    Nose: Honey, an oiliness, toasted cereal, restrained peat.  Youthful, creamy, some apple & peach / nectarine aromas developing.  Hot milk, melted vanilla ice cream.

    Palate:  Glorious sweet honey / oatmeal attack.  Smoked cereal, crispy bacon, spices, syrup and hay, with smoke and gentle malt.  Brilliant balance, silky mouthfeel.

    Finish:  A peaty caress.  Honey and spices drifting over the tongue.

    Comment:  I could drink this every day and never get tired of it.  Just delicious.

    TF 31/07/07

19 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    2 June

    the last truly great bottling from Ardbeg, the new stuff thats been released after just cant measure up to this one. Still have one bottle stashed away.

  • 5
    23 July 2015

    After much hunting, I was able to track down a bottle in NYC. I ordered a dram and was told there were only 2 drams left. "Make it two then" I said. Best decision in quite a long time. The most wonderful whisky I''ve ever had the pleasure to share with a friend. I''ll miss you greatly. The hunt begins anew...