Ardbeg has revealed the latest permanent expression to join its core range.

Ardbeg Wee Beastie, a five-year old variant, is described as being a “feisty and intensely powerful smoky whisky, untamed by age”.

The newcomer has been matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks and it has “intense aromas of cracked black pepper, sappy pine resin and sharp tangs of smoke”. In addition, the producer said: “An explosive mouthfeel busts forth with chocolate, creosote and tar. As savoury meats sink into the palate, the long salty mouth coating finish slinks away.”

Ardbeg’s director of whisky creation, Bill Lumsden, said: “I am in no doubt that Ardbeggians will love this tongue-tingling expression. The casks chosen for its creation make it ideal for enjoying neat or as the mouth-watering main ingredient in a powerfully smoky cocktail.”

Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, said: “A new permanent expression in the core range is always momentous for the Distillery, but Wee Beastie is a particularly special dram. As it’s a younger whisky, it means we’re able to get as close to the still as possible. So it’s safe to say this is a ferociously good wee nip!”

Wee Beastie will be available in the UK from May onwards, RRP: £39.