Bunnahabhain 2003

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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.
750 ml
Bottle code
P041059 L5 09:4417172
Added on
17 Feb 2018 9:02 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 240.00

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51 × member ratings

100 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2003

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.37 points

  1. Gerhans scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This is one of those drams that just knocks you out by how good it is. This is a dram where the cask definitely dictates the overal taste and character, but the underlying distillery character just makes it "pop" ever so subtle. I am a fan of cask strength first fill PX/Oloroso vattings and I am a huge fan of Bunnahabhain's distillery character, so this whisky checks all my boxes.

    Unsurprisingly, this will be everything but a neutral review. That being said: what an incredible treat this dram has proven to be!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Well hello! The nose gets things going just the way I want it: big wafts of luscious sherry notes. Raisins, dried fruits and a nice seaside brininess. Then, some salted caramel and oakiness, nice spices and a definite hint of dark chocolate.

      This is such an inviting nose; sweet, salty, sensual, superb. The brine and bitterness of the chocolate are the perfect counterbalance to the overal sweetness of the sherry casks.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Good God. This is a sherry bomb if ever I tasted one. The initial arrival oozes sweet sherry, brown sugar and dried fruit. The second wave breaks through and takes you to the seashore with a definite brininess. Then; nuttiness, oaky spicy goodness and an extremely appealing dark mixture of espresso and chocolate come through. After a while, the syrupy sherried sweetness returns. All of this is accompanied by a coating, almost creamy, warm mouth-feel.

      Extremely impressive, this is a truly multi-faceted and 3 dimensional dram to taste. Overal it's sweet and warming. That nice little touch of chocolate/espresso though... It just gets me every sip, astoundingly pleasant.
    • Finish
      95 95
      A nice long finish, with the sherried nutty sweetness lingering on. After a while, that ridiculously pleasant note of chocolate/espresso comes back and leaves its mark on this dram like an artist's signature...

      This dram leaves you just sitting there, empty glass in hand, thinking about how precious malt moments are when spent with a Bunna like this.

      My most sincere thanks to Bunnahabhain, this whisky is astonishingly good.

  2. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Interesting, complex, and delicious. That meaty note and the rooibos really send this one over the top and set it apart from other PX bombs. I don’t even like rooibos tea that much, but man, does it work here. Nice one, Bunna.

    Nose: Sticky-sweet and very fragrant. Sweet-savoury molasses, candied citrus, dried fruit, fig, plum, and bananas. Spiced with cinnamon, vanilla, gingerbread, and rooibos tea. Ahh, cream cheese frosting. There’s a savoury leather note, buttery pastry, and something like teriyaki. There’s something earthy and salty deep in there, though that could just be a hallucination caused by me knowing that this is a Bunnahabhain. Nah, after a few more minutes nosing, there’s definitely a funky, cooked-vegetable thing going on.

    Palate: Creamy texture with mild astringency. Arrives spicy, with fresh banana and plum changing into vanilla, tart blood orange and woody spice. There’s a complex exotic/tropical fruit note in that arrival too: slightly green, slightly tart, slightly floral. It develops from there into a spicy dry leather and umami, with fragrant wood and earth rounding off into that rooibos note. A bit of a sweet malty note here too. It’s at this point that I realize that the savory note I’ve been struggling to nail down is beef broth.

    Finish: Medium-long. Lots of blood orange and banana, as well as peach, cooked apple and maraschino cherry. Butter tarts, honey, nutmeg, clove, and more of that rooibos. Floral and slightly malty. Just a trace of elderflower, spearmint, seaweed, and rosemary. Lingering meaty funk and rooibos.

  3. Foamy scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

  4. swk27844 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Lemon, honey, grass, fresh nose. Alcohol. Woody, blackberry, blueberry.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Very sweet, syrupy, honey syrup. Delightful. A little spicy, but perfectly balanced. One of the tastiest whiskys I've had. Slightly complex, that's what makes it so good.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Fruity, red fruit, brown sugar, syrup, cocoa but not so bitter, spicy. Finish sticks nicely. Top!

  5. Herrmo scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    A full-bodied, complex, sweet and for me very tasty Bunnahabhain.....a sweet, creamy, nutty and chocolaty whisky with a small but fine maritime influence. very delicious stuff

  6. Herrmo scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    A full-bodied, complex, sweet and for me very tasty Bunnahabhain.....a sweet, creamy, nutty and chocolaty whisky with a small but fine maritime influence. very delicious stuff

  7. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Skiddilly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Cadillac Eddie scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, dried fruit
    • Taste
      Sherry, chocolate covered cherries, hazelnut, honey
    • Finish
      Creamy, warm, pleasant

  10. Beartje7 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nice, full bodied and complex
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet sherry, oak
    • Taste
      89 89
      Complex, SWEET, sherry, oak. Well balanced/full bodied complex taste
    • Finish
      88 88
      Don't add anything, but slightly disappearing notes of sweet tastes.


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