Bunnahabhain 2003

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pedro Ximénez Finish - Limited Release
2nd Fill Sherry Casks + 3 yrs PX Finish
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Warehouse No. 8
Bottle code
P041060 L5
Added on
10 Nov 2019 8:22 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 373.85

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399 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2003

65 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.26 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] Bunnahabhain had a lot of excellent releases until the most recent whisky boom started but most people ignored this fine distillery, sadly. Then they started to release dirty and heavily spiked (bold but simple) drams and all of a sudden Bunna is hyped. Sounds strange? It is, but this is the modern whisky "Zeitgeist", finally. Most drinkers do not invest the time to explore and enjoy a dram in detail anymore and rather go for the quick "hit and run" impression....

    ...like with this release. I wonder how people can nose and taste a complex malt profile out of this fortified sherry drink - I can not, to be honest (yes, the sherry profile is rich and complex, but this is just the sherry and not the whisky). Just buy a bottle of good sweet sherry and add some neutral alcohol - I promise you get a comparable taste for one tenth of your bucks - oh, and do not forget to add some spent matches before drinking...
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers exactly such a spiked modern sherry profile. I can not detect any malt-driven aroma here - this could be any distillate. Hey, what is great about such a nose? No, I do not want to impose my preferences on others and everybody should enjoy whatever he or she likes - but I will certainly never appreciate such cheap thrills...
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is just about fortified sherry - simply add some industry alcohol to a sweet sherry wine and you will get exactly such a profile. By the way, this would be much cheaper than spending a hell of money on a whisky without any whisky flavour at all. Of course, this is drinkable and it tastes rather good (I like a glass of sherry from time to time, too), but is this whisky? Not sure...
    • Finish
      84 84
      The dram arrives bold but neither warming nor coating on the palate with a minor hot feeling. The finish is of medium length only and again completely sherry-driven. Water turns the nose punchier and both taste and finish bitter which happens often with heavily sherried drams. Oops - and it releases some minor sulphurous notes (matchbox) that were just distant whiffs with the neat dram...

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very pleasant and enjoyable dram. The distillate is indeed almost entirely obscured by the former cask content, but hey at least there's no onslaught of sulfur (ok a little in the finish) or ridiculous amounts of wood tannins, like with other 'modern' sherried malts. Is it still real whisky? In this case I actually don't give a rat's arse. It's first and foremost pretty damn tasty.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet thick sherry, toffee, nutty, chocolate, plum, figs, raisins and cherries, a bit of furniture polish, also a little savory with some allspice.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Syrupy with toffee, fudge, treacle and loads of chocolate. Sweet blueberries, figs plum and dried fruits, subtle wood spices.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and warming: dried fruits, toffee, cocoa, nutty, sweet liquorice, allspice, suddenly ending with a dryish sulfur note.

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    This is enjoyable, but to me not a stunner. A little expensive when it first came out at retail ($185cnd) for what it is, but now on the secondary market I find it way over priced.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A very nice nose, no heat at all, some cooked fruit, milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very spicy on the palate, lot of flavour and tasty, but comes across as younger than it is. A little harsh in the mid plate with some bitterness on the backend. All the fruit is in the mid-palate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, spicy with some bitterness.

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    N- Monk fruit, warm chocolate coated ripe cherries, toffee, then scents of muddy beaches, burnt sweet barks, liquorice and bright syrup with breezy sea air. Highly fragrant and complex but not messy, superbly layered and evolving. Bonus:- some precious old malt effect drifting at the back, walnut, malt barn with sweet crushed pink peppercon, Mind blowing stuff and probably one of the best LR tasted so far this year.

    P- Creamy treacle shows up with white fruits and hints of plum. Generous offering and well integrate delicious flavours on a fine strength, at great balance. Aroma and taste in harmony with the dark side of the whisky.

    F- Long, dried fruit laden with waxiness that hardly to come-by on most modern whisky, pleasantly sweet. Trust that an exceptional old oaks been use for this baby. A whisky like this make writing the tasting note so easy.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. tribe scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    wow, what a board ...

  6. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
      Deep and rich, full bodied sherry notes. Lots of dried fruits, like figs, prunes, dates. Sour plum, leathery. Pretty creamy and confectionary too. Lovely Ikea wood furniture, brand new cardbox. Old and dusty library. Very complex nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Thick and sweet and tasty. Again full of dried fruits, and preserved fruits. Exactly what you expect after the nose. Rich and deep and flavors.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Mouthwatering sweet. Long fruit notes with a very pleasant dryness. The finish compliments the palate almost perfectly.

  7. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. wncvirus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sherry with raisins and cherries in chocolate
    Taste: From the first sip, you can feel the sweetness with a slightly added touch. Then you have sweetness with a small amount of honey. In the period of taste approaches, light dryness will appear.
    Rating: 89 | 100 Finish pretty long sweet candy with an accent of light honey. Here again, the position for lovers of sherry climates. I liked the whisky!

  10. Whisky&Art scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Really a good whisky.
    The interesting thing in my opinion is the sweetness of Sherry PX in conjunction with the maritime touch.
    Taste: Salty, licorice, sweet
    Finish: Long and warm, dry
    I think he has a medium body and the texture is slightly oily. The alcohol is not too intense, so not disturbing.
    The finish is long and warm with plenty of sherry, nut tones and salt. Reminds me of seafood, oysters ...
    A great drop


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