Airigh Nam Beist was an expression released by Ardbeg in the mid 2000s. There were three total expressions – all of which were distilled in 1990. They were bottled 1 year apart from one another in 2006, 2007, and 2008. This review is for the 2007 17 year release bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Peat & iodine with a noticeably sweet element. Oak is fairly minimal with some spices emerging. Buttered popcorn and gingerbread stand out after it rests for awhile.
Palate: Big peat with an oaky twist – quite tannic overall adding some bitterness to the peat. Smoke and brine are quite strong in typical Ardbeg fashion.
Finish: The peat and smoke linger for some time, but fairly gentle overall.
Rating: 88/100 – Very good overall – nice peat balance, but this would benefit from some added proof as it tastes a bit tame overall.
Value for the money: These run around $350 or so which is steep, but compared to some other older Ardbegs is a bargain. I’d pass at the going rates as some of their core expressions are fairly comparable in quality and much less expensive e.g. Uigedail, Corryvreckan, etc.