Whisky Review: Bunnahabhain 2005 Palo Cortado 13 Year Old

1 min readNov 13, 2021

Bunny’s ex-Palo-Cortado unpeated Scotch Whisky continues to seriously impress and delight the palate.

Bunnahabhain 13yr Palo Cortado / 55.5%

Tasted neat

I recently reviewed a 2008 vintage Bunnahabhain Palo Cortado, and this bottle has very similar characteristics; it was distilled on 16 February 2005 and bottled 26 April 2018, making it 13 years old. It is bottle #534 of 624, and this distillery exclusive was finished in an ex-Palo-Cortado sherry cask.

  • Color: chestnut (1.2)
  • Nose: rum, dry sherry, raisins, banana bread, hazelnut coffee and cream
  • Taste: dark chocolate, leather, peppered jerky, pastry crust, almonds, and icing sugar
  • Finish: long nutty vanilla, creamy, and a hint of blackberry

This continues to be an amazing, deliciously sweet cask treatment from Bunnahabhain, and I will continue to try to buy as many as I can find!

At time of writing, there are no Palo Cortado casks on offer, but keep an eye on the Distillery Exclusives page because Bunnahabhain has recently started offering them online!

Rating: 95/100




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