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Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2003 - Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

(70cl, 54.3%)

Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2003 - Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

Bunnahabhain 2003 PX Bottling Note

A limited edition bottling from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the north-east coast of Islay. This is a 14 year old single malt, distilled in 2003 and was initially aged in second-fill Sherry casks until 2011. At this point, the whisky was transferred over to yet more Sherry casks - first-fill Pedro Ximénez casks! It was bottled in 2017 at cask strength.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Golden syrup, rum-soaked raisins, a pinch of dried basil.

Palate: An intense opening, with thick Sherried sweetness filling the palate. Underling dryness of dark chocolate and pipe tobacco.

Finish: Cinnamon, honey-nut cornflakes and toffee.

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Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2003 - Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish Reviews


This is so delicious. Sherry bomb in the best sense. Long, sweet, complex.

Can anyone recommend anything else like this? It's a lot better than A'Bunadh and different to e.g. Glendronach 21, Dalmore 18 and other mature heavily sherried whiskies I like.

11th June 2018


Only negative thing to say about this whisky is that there is absolutely NOTHING negative to say about this whisky. NOPE, that's not's "Limited Release". Poor souls who never get the opportunity to experience this hidden gem!

8th February 2018

Wow. What a nose!

Managed to grab one of the last few bottles of this online, wish I'd bought everything that was left! This is simply astonishing. I've never nosed anything like it. Caramelised orange with lashings of toffee. This is sherry sweetness on steroids, yet somehow avoids being too overbearing... you don't actually want to drink it but keep sniffing it!
The mouth feel is thick and chewy and syrupy and glorious. Slides down and leaves a lovely, long, lingering after taste. This is an instant classic. I don't really know what to say... I wish I'd bought some more!

29th January 2018

A brilliant, nuclear grade sherry bomb.

This is simply the biggest and best sherry bomb I've ever tasted, and I'm comparing this to some pretty heavy hitters ranging from the GlenDronach 15 to the Yamazaki Sherry Cask. This is a huge whisky, that opens with a nutty, caramel, toffee, heavy dark sherried nose replete with cherries and dates all backed with a subtle fresh raspberries note. The palate is even bigger, the PX milk chocolate and caramel arrival gives way to a nutty dark and resinous oloroso sherry core of leather, christmas cake, plum pudding, black berries and a hint of wood fire that doesn't overwhelm Bunnahabhain's house style of subtle brine and just a tiny hint of peat at the edges. The finish is Rolo's, brine and just a hint of struck match.

This is an instant classic: a uniquely Bunnahabhain expression that shows that the little oddball distillery on Islay can create a sherry monster of truly epic proportions. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better whisky at any age and, frankly, this is one of the best malts bottled in the last 15 years. If you find it, buy it.

1st January 2018

Rich, complex, and versatile with water!

Color: Rich dark red copper; with water: a misty dried orange peel (non-chill filtered = lots of scotch mist!)

Nose: Intense, burnt caramel, toffee, nutty, fruit cake, super sweet, candied apple, candies cherry, raisins, faintest hunts of something herbal and minty, mildly salty (salted caramel anyone?), peppermint patty candies; with water (1tsp to 1.5oz): more fruitcake, soft winter baking spices, manuka honey, anise, candied pork, stewing sugar and fruits, warm milk chocolate, sweeter, creamier and spicier than before, finally hints of pine needle, rose petals, and fresh pecan pie; more water (3x more!): floral and herbal notes emerge, strong lavender, hibiscus, peppercorn, stronger pine, with fruity desert notes.

Palate: Intense maple syrupy arrival, develops with some smoke, heavy on the Sherry notes, both dry and nutty Oloroso/Fino and sweet cake Pedro Ximénez influences dancing together on the tongue, sweet brine, lemon, orange candy, very easy on the tongue at cask strength; with water (1tps to 1.5oz): an explosion of mild baking spices and sweet PX sherry, honeys, salt, lots of brine, cherry, apple soda, fresh gingerbread, peach cobbler, peppercorn, liqourice, mild chili chipotle, churros, brown Northern Mexican mole, lime.

Finish: A medium length cream sherry finish, faintest hints of smoke, brine, sweet at the beginning, dry at the end, umami notes throughout, pear, green apple; with water (1tsp to 1.5oz): the whole mouth feels warmer now, with mild cayenne pepper coming through, now more sour, tart, a wee bit bitter, cashews, almonds covered in dark chocolate, coffee beans, cacao nibs, hickory wood smoke, bison jerky, dry sour apple, honey over prosciutto.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, medium bodied, creamy with time in the mouth; with water: slimmer, sloshy, milky, still medium bodied though.

Notes: the palate and finish are greatly opened up and improved with a moderate amount of water, whereas even more water begins to open up the nose with floral notes, slightly diluting the palate and finish.

I was extremely impressed at the complexity and cask influence, for some it may be a little overdone; but it’s definitely a sherry/px bomb that isn’t one dimensional. I liked it so much when I tried my first bottle I went to the store the next day to get a second one for a rainy day!

96.5/100 in my book

- Thomas Moss

29th December 2017


Stunning drop. So well balanced. I usually need a drop of water in cask strength whisky’s but this was so smooth.
Sherry monster to remember.

27th December 2017

Best of 2017

My second favorite whisky of 2017. Came in 2nd to only Redbreast 21. I stocked up on this one as it won’t be around long.

21st December 2017

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