Bunnahabhain 2003 Pedro Ximenez Finish

Single Malt — Scotland

5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm fairly certain this is an unpeated expression of Bunnahabhain but the first thing that stood out to me upon trying this was the immediate smoke present in the background; it's not an intense, peaty smoke, but it's definitely there in some small quantity as the whisky hits your palate. It certainly is a sweet dram, but sherry spiciness and high ABV do a fair job of balancing the molasses/dark fruit flavors out. This could probably pass for an antique Caribbean rum to someone without an experienced palate. I would probably save this as an evening/dessert dram, not so much because of the sweetness but rather because of the INTENSE punch it packs on your palate.