Bunnahabhain 14 2003 Pedro Ximenez Finish

Bunna 14 PX

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Bunnahabhain / Distell

Region: Islay

54.3% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Second fill sherry, then first fill PX sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Reddish bronze

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Candied plums, caramel, rich sherry, citrus, dried fruits, alcohol, and milk chocolate

Feel: Medium body. syrupy

Taste: Maple syrup, sherry, chocolate, citrus, cinnamon, coffee, dried fruits, raisins

Finish: Very sweet, raisin, sherry. caramel, chocolate, caramel, oak and fruit, light to medium warmth and medium length

Thoughts: A delicious sherry scotch desert syrup, sad I never found one to purchase as this one was a sample. I can only Imagine if the recent Viceroys Elixir I had was bottled at CS like this it could have been the God of sherry monsters.

Score: 90 out of 100

Bunnahabhain 29-Year 1987 Wemyss Malt “The Viceroy’s Elixir”

Bunnahabhain 29-Year 1987 Wemyss Malt “The Viceroys Elixir”

Price: Discontinued 

Distilled/Owned by: Bunnahabhain / Wemyss

Region: Islay

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 29 years, distilled 1987

Cask Type: Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Burnt Umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Caramel, raisins, apples, dark chocolate, figs, plum pudding, sherry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily

Palate/Taste: Intense sweetness, PX sherry, caramel, coffee grounds, molasses, toasted nuts, oolong tea, blueberries

Finish: Long lasting, medium warmth, dark chocolate, sherry, dried fruits, caramel, blueberry jam, scones

Thoughts: It’s one of the sweetness whiskies I have ever consumed. It reminds me a great deal of drinking a vintage PX sherry, with less of the syrupy thickness that entails. Delicious and one to be savored slowly.

Score: 90 out of 100

 

Bunnahabhain 28-Year 1988 Wemyss Malts “Bittersweet Baklava”

Bunnahabhain 28-Year 1988 Wemyss Malts “Bittersweet Baklava”

Price: Discontinued 

Distilled/Owned by: Bunnahabhain / Wemyss Malts

Region: Islay

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 28 years, distilled 1988

Cask Type: Hogshead

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Flakey pastry crust, honey, vanilla, almonds, toffee, milk chocolate, and oak

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, oily

Palate/Taste: Bitter almond paste, honey, malted barley, vanilla, salt, marzipan, white chocolate

Finish: Medium warmth and length, mellows out and become less bitter, vanilla and spices, cinnamon

Thoughts: It certainly does have the baklava profile, but for the price I would have liked a bit of a fuller body. Still very tasty

Score: 85 out of 100

 

Bunnahabhain 18

Bunna 18

I wasn’t too thrilled with the 12 year offering, the flavors didn’t pull me through, but I was promised the potential was there in the 18 so I decided to give it a try. Sets itself apart from most Islays by not being peated. I believe they use a combination of bourbon and sherry casks.

Price: $150 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bunnahabhain / Distell Group

Region: Islay

46.3% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich caramel, chocolate, figs, raisin, vanilla, and soft fruit.

Taste: Heavy toffee, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, citrus and sherry.

Finish: Lingering warmth with oak and pepper. A pinch of salt and baking spice blend with sherry.

Thoughts: A huge step up from the 12 year expression. A good balance of fruit and caramel.

Score: 86 out of 100

Bunnahabhain 12

Bunna 12 Old

This happens to be a lightly peated Islay, which after having tired some of the peat monsters is interesting to try something different from the region. Aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bunnahabhain / Burn Stewart Distillers

Region: Islay

46.3% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type:  Ex-bourbon and ex-sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a Glencairn

 


 

Color: Amber

Nose: Dark sherry fruit, chocolate earthy malt, a bit of citrus. I don’t pick up any smoke so it must be very gently peated.

Taste: Malted barley, vanilla, a bit of raisin and fig. Not thick but not watery. I pick up just a faint hint of smoke now. Still very earthy.

Finish: Salty and herbal. Malt, chocolate, Caramel and oak. Not that warm, but the flavor does linger.

Thoughts: This is the sweetest of the Islay’s that I have tried, but not the Speyside type of sweet. Not amazing but not bad, but an average Scotch.

Score: 75 out of 100