Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 1990
Peated Single Malt
Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland
Ardbeg from the early nineties, like the Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist, is rare. The distillery was closed for almost the entire eighties. When it re-opened in 1989 it was only in production for two months a year, until it closed again in 1997. Airigh Nam Beist is Scotch Gaelic for "Shelter of the Beast." Sadly this expression has been discontinued. Pro tip: the name is pronounced, "'Arry Nam Baysht."
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
"Well-integrated start, as the nose is soft with gentle notes of smoked bacon, subtle peat and whiffs of rubber. Salty seaweed and molasses are followed by a fruity finale. The palate continues down the same path, but now there's also sal ammoniac, licorice and quick hits of brine, marshmallow, and milk chocolate. The long finish makes for a fitting end for this modern classic."