A Riddle Wrapped up in a Fruit Cake

Bunnahabhain Pedro Ximenez Finish 2003 14y

Reviewed by victor


I love Bunna, and I have a thing for PX whiskies when done well. I was fortunate enough to grab a bottle of the combination before they suddenly sold out and prices started soaring! I've tried it a couple of times before, and I feel that it's a super interesting whisky that's hard to really nail down in written form.

1.4 (Tawny)

Nose

Big, deep and fruity. Overload of cooked fruits, raisins, apple pie, cinnamon and nuts. Some interesting wood tones as well - spicy sweet. A big spoon of honey to top it all off. Tons going on.

Palate

A big punch in the palate. Some alcohol burn to greet you with, not surprising given the generous strength. Spicy, again not surprisingly. Behind that first wall of power, a wave of sweetness that has less of the cooked fruits from the nose, and more vanilla/custard. Apricots and figs.

Finish

Not too sharp. Pleasant arrival. Warming, growing. A little more citric than the previous notes, but overall in line with the big, sweet and in-your-face cooked fruits.

Every time I have this, I get something different from it. I think differently about it too - tonight it was right up my alley. The complexity is impressing, given how the whisky is still on the extreme end of dark sherry bombs (especially being on the spicy PX spectrum). Still can't figure it out completely, and I'm already looking forward to the next try. I know few whiskies as interesting as this. If you're in the mood - an excellent sherry slap in your face.

Score

90 / 100
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