Richard-ModernDrinking

Bunnahabhain 2003 Pedro Ximenez Finish

Single Malt — Scotland

Tasted
4.0
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tasted blind, I might have mistaken the oily texture and syrupy sweetness for a Tawny Port, were it not for an an undertone of nutmeg, especially on the long finish. The spices balance the brown sugar flavors, making for a satisfying dessert dram or nightcap that would pair well with a robe and slippers.
  • Scott_E

    @PBMichiganWolverine @LeeEvolved I too have a bottle I purchased some time back for about $90+. It’s good. But $230 good? I know limited edition and supply and demand. It’s almost to a point today that all you need to do is buy “any” bottle, stow it away and it triples. I guess what I am really saying is you purchase to drink and then you find out you have anunawaringly are potentially in internal conflict of deciding to open for yourself or triple your money?

  • LeeEvolved

    @PBMichiganWolverine - is that the one with the brown label and cloth bag instead of the box? 55.5% ABV. If so, they are selling for around $160. Or are you talking about the PX and not the Palo?

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @LeeEvolved I have the 14 yr old version...any idea what that goes for ?

  • LeeEvolved

    @Richard-ModernDrinking @PBMichiganWolverine - $500 for the Palo Cortado is pushing it. A bunch sold on SWA last month for less than $350. That’s still pretty steep but it is 20yo.

  • cascode

    @ PBMichiganWolverine Sounds amazing! Just a couple of months ago they featured an outturn of Springbank here (and I think in the UK as well - don't know if you guys got any) - "A Broadside Cannon Barrage" #27.112 for AUS$600 (about US$425). 532 bottles from a sherry-butt privately commissioned by an Australian enthusiast in the late 90s. Angus on WhiskyFun awarded it 92. My bottle is sitting in the stash awaiting my retirement party :)

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @cascode ages ago, close to maybe 10 years ago, I bought a 24 yr Macallan “ banana pear something or other) of their’s...for a mere $300. 24 yr Macallan for $300!! Now it’s unheard of, sadly

  • cascode

    @Richard-ModernDrinking Ha - I see you just took a look at a review of a SMWS Bunny. I don't know that particular one, but one thing I can comment is that by and large the SMWS casks are peated Bunny, rather than un-peated.

  • cascode

    @ PBMichiganWolverine Oh, for sure - and the quality was also better with more consistant older bottlings. 12-15 year used to be a standard, but just recently out here they proudly announced their first 3 year old bottling, as if it was some sort of breakthrough. WTF? You need to know what you're looking for with them, but some gold occasionally emerges. I always look out for Springbank, Glen Scotia, Glenlivet and (amazingly) Dalmore (#13) amongst others. A 10 year old Dalmore matured in ex-bourbon without the touch of Richard Paterson's hand is amazing.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @cascode they weren’t so overpriced just a few years ago. But...that’s the market I guess now.

  • cascode

    @Richard-ModernDrinking Bunnahabhain is #10. They and Caol Ila (53) are two distilleries that sell a lot of casks to IBs. I used to think that the SMWS was overpriced as well - until I started buying them.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @Richard-ModernDrinking it’s 10. I only know two of their’s—-10 for Bunna, 24 for Macallan

  • Richard-ModernDrinking

    @cascode Good tip. What number is Bunna? I get SMWS emails and have tasted a few, but always thought the bottles were overpriced.

  • cascode

    A word to the wise. If you particularly enjoy cask-strength, finished Bunnahabhain then you need to check out the SMWS. Bunnahabhain features constantly in their out-turns, and I've yet to have one that is less than a 4 star. I don't know what their prices are like in the US but I'd guess you're looking at around $100-200 depending on the age.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @Richard-ModernDrinking that’s just gauging. I have the 14 yr Bunna Palo Cortado, but that was $100.

  • Richard-ModernDrinking

    @PBMichiganWolverine Correct. And the Bunna is 20 years old and limited to 1,620 bottles. Nevertheless, $500 is pushing it.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @Richard-ModernDrinking Maybe bc i think Palo Cortado is hard to come by; it’s a stage in between two Sherry types I think

  • Richard-ModernDrinking

    @PBMichiganWolverine A Palo Cortado cask. Saw one in my local store yesterday and they said it was the last of the six they received. Reviews here are stratospheric, but I highly doubt I’d even buy one to split at that price.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @Richard-ModernDrinking $500!?! hell no. Which is that?

  • Richard-ModernDrinking

    @LeeEvolved @PBMichiganWolverine Did either of you buy the new $500 Bunna?

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @LeeEvolved don’t you already have one? Dude..?!? Did you ever get the Bunna Palo Cortado ?

  • LeeEvolved

    @PBMichiganWolverine - I’d gladly take it, especially if the 15% SDT friend discount still applies to the retail price you paid. 😂🤣

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @LeeEvolved I got mine for $80 from shop rite. I’m not attached to it ..i should sell it

  • LeeEvolved

    @PBMichiganWolverine - they are selling at auction for $230+ and at some online retailers for close to $300. Although, I’m not sure what the original retail price was I’m sure that’s higher. I’ve had several people try to get me to trade my bottle for something else, but I think I’ll hold onto it awhile lol.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @LeeEvolved it has? Why? I have a bottle as well of,this...had no idea it’s a “sought after”. Didn’t seem there was anything special—-maybe it’s a temporary thing, unlike the constant sought after desirables like Lag, Ardbeg, etc ?

  • LeeEvolved

    Excellent! This one has become highly sought after in recent months and I’m glad I snagged a bottle before the secondary market got ahold of them.