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Bunnahabhain 2003

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pedro Ximénez Finish - Limited Release
Calculated age
14 years old
2nd Fill Sherry Casks + 3 yrs PX Finish
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Warehouse No. 8
Added on
03 Dec 2017 4:09 pm by RL_whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 312,79

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2003

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.70 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. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  3. 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

  4. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Batman84 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    #feinenotes Glass: Riedel Vinum Tasting glass Color: bright amber Nose: The alcohol is present immediately, but disappears after a short time. sugared jelly berries. Light maritime and grassy notes. The sweetness is above everything and is always in the foreground. Milk chocolate. Mild ham. Tannins in the background. Orange zest. Cooked plums with cinnamon. Over time, the maritime notes are becoming increasingly dominant, almost a bit rough and dirty. Anyone who has ever stood on the bridge of Bunnahabhain and inhaled deeply, can safely dream of the flavors of this whisky. The longer you smell the better the alcohol is involved. In the nose, this limited release is already very complex. Palate: the alcoholic power develops portly and very pleasant on the tongue. The cinnamon plums are again clearly visible. Toasted white bread. Creme Brulee and again the sugared jelly berries. Resonance: The sweetness stays long, the alcohol evaporates quickly. Comfortably warm, the whisky rises up the esophagus again. Very pleasant, very complex. Even after writing the conclusion, I have the pleasant taste of prunes in the mouth. Conclusion: Wow! This whisky impressively shows why Bunnahabhain is one of my absolute favorite distillates. I would buy this original bottling again at any time. Shortly after release, I paid 85 €. I am sure that he will find many lovers who are willing to pay more for this, because we have an original bottling with a decent 14 years and a full 54.3% of this whisky is limited to 6768 bottles and allowed to mature in wonderful barrels.

  6. Mark-E scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. dr.mad scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. wncvirus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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 Newbie

    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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