1990 Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist Islay Single Malt Whisky (Previously $89.99)

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Now with a new super low price! There is a dark place on Islay, high above the Ardbeg Distillery, called Airigh Nam Beist (pronounced "arry-nam-bayst"), which in Gaelic means "shelter of the beast." No more fitting name could have been bestowed on such an eerie place; this is where - legend has it - something other-worldly lurks, lying in wait. So what measures can be taken to protect local and visitor alike? If you find yourself straying this way, then pray equip yourself with that traditionally reliable antidote to sheer terror - the stiff drink. A travelling man could ask for no better protection than a hip flask full of the strong stuff, namely Ardbeg's Airigh Nam Beist. For it's truly a wee beastie of a dram. Due to its greater age, it has a softer, more rounded flavor than the Ardbeg 10 year old . It shows a creamy, smoky flavor with hints of fennel and pine nuts. Aged in ex-bourbon oak barrels. 46% ABV and non chill-filtered. This took my breath away,with its rich vanilla notes and dried fruit mixed with smoky meat flavors. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)

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By: Randy P. | Review Date: 9/30/2010
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I have sampled perhaps a dozen different Ardbegs including Provenance, and I have to say that Airigh Nam Beist has to be my favorite. At 46% abv it doesn't need any water (and please, no ice ever!)
The nose is so nice that I can enjoy this without even drinking any - or perhaps just a small taste on my tongue. Smoke and peat in perfect harmony, make me feel as if I'm sitting by a bonfire at the beach on a breezy summer evening.
The taste and extra long finish make this a classic malt for me.
The most amazing thing about this whisky is the price - I cannot believe it's down to just $69/bottle. I would be happy to pay several times that amount, and considering that this malt has been replaced by an inferior product in my opinion (Corryvreckan), it is even more amazing that it is still available at all.
K&L prices can be kind of whacky - sometimes really high and sometimes really low. In this case, their price is too-good-to-be-true low! Buy some now because they are *not* making any more of this!

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Alcohol Content (%): 46