Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Murray McDavid (MM)
Bottling serie
Crafted Blend - Limited Release
Stated Age
35 years old
Bourbon Barrels + Sherry Casks Finish
Batch 001
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 jan 2016 10:03 am by Andy

Average value

€ 345.00

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Whisky reviews for Bodach - Aislig 1980 MM

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.32 points.

  1. Einfach_Supi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Mjam, you barely notice the age of the whiskey, only the maturity and the complexity of it fascinated. There is a lot more to discover, very tasty.
    Honestly, the 35 years are hard to believe, so little oak ... has the finish in sherry keg so much brought out?
    • Nose
      Greasy smoke, sweet banana, cooked plum, many spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, for the age amazing freshness, heather, less sweetness of sherry, in the background bitter, no sour notes.
    • Taste
      Very ripe peat, or smoke, dark ripe fruit, heather honey, then see peppery intermediate sprint, more sweetness, candied hazelnuts, smoked bacon with rosemary.
    • Finish
      nutty and fruity aromas are slowly spicy, then finally oak notes, flow of saliva, laaaang

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  3. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Actually a very good, complex blended whiskey. The poorly integrated alcohol is unfortunately his Achilles heel. Since you have to be very tolerant or insensitive to him to make a buy recommendation. I'm not.
    • Nose
      he starts with sherry and honey. Then comes a subtle, but unique smoke. This is followed by salt, ripe grapes, banana and later clear wood tones and vanilla.
    • Taste
      sweet and soft starting, short smoked ham and strawberries. Then bitter and with intrusive alcohol. There are still honey and spices.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium again with light smoke, oak and walnut.

  4. asmazda scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    You get to experience all 5 whisky regions in a single bottle!  Really comes off as mature and rich, especially considering it contains grain and is 46% ABV.  Big bang for the buck!
    • Nose
      A little peat at first, then some distinct sherry, and center stage is polishes, menthol, and dusty old leather.  Noses like a single malt!
    • Taste
      Rich and oaky, with quite some polished antique furniture (like you can drink furniture LOL), angostura bitters, some sherry notes (especially all sorts of raisins), and baking chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long, drying and borderline astringent, more baking chocolate with a whiff of smoke, then the peat from the nose returns (sometimes).

  5. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delightful. This is very successful and I'll posit a reason why - all the constituent ingredients suit both sherry flavours and also longer maturation periods. The sum of the parts comes together in an excellent older blend which remains both serious and yet accessible. 

    Full tasting notes: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/blend/bodach-aislig-35-year-old-1980-crafted-blend/

  6. captain_k scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Even a very nice blend, but definitely does not look like 35 years and has a bit too much bitterness in some tips, the first attempt for 2 seconds and a bit short on the finish, but it is already Mecker on a high level.
    • Nose
      Beautiful oldschool nose, wild herbs with berry bushes (rather sour), with leather, orange peel, beautiful autumnal apple notes (red, overripe, dry) with cinnamon, some vanilla, dried fruit, fine smoke like from kokelndem autumn leaves but very discreet and beautifully integrated
    • Taste
      Already strong onset, bitter orange, almost perfumed in the mouth, dried fruit, some berry bushes, autumn leaves, red apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom a bit, rosemary, fine heather and herbs in the background a la Highland Park
    • Finish
      Astriengierend, perfumed oak, apple peel, rough malt with some dried fruit and fruit seeds, unfortunately not so long for the age, medium length

  8. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Nose: first comes smoke (yes from which distillery comes the), aromatic wild herbs, old leather, nuts, dried apples and raisins, a slightly ethereal note The nose has a lot to offer - but it is quite shy. It takes time and the right glass (narrow opening) to tickle everything out.
    Taste: stronger and fuller than the nose suggests, beautiful old whiskey notes (leather and old wood), dry sherry sweetness, heather honey, dried fruit, orange peel. The finish then very dry, some chocolate, bitter herbs, sweet honey sweetness.
    I'm still a little undecided. It has really nice flavors and a strong taste but somehow I had hoped for a bit more (especially in the nose) of such an old drop. It is still a very good drop and the honey / wood aromas in the mouth and finish meet my taste!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting
    • Nose
      Leichter aromatischer Rauch. Wilde Kräuter, leicht ätherisch. Rosinen, Nüsse, etwas Leder. Dann fruchtiger mit Ananas, Banane und süßen Äpfeln.
    • Taste
      Trockener Sherry, Nüsse, Vollmilchschokolade. Etwas Wachs. Honig, Orangenmarmelade, Bauernbrot. Mittellang.

  10. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    Bodach Aislig 35 yo 1980/2015 (46%, Murray McDavid, bourbon, 379 bottles) Some whiskies from Glenrothes, Glengoyne, Bunnahabhain, Tamdhu, Cameronbridge, North British and Port Dundas that were blended a while ago and further married in a cask. Colour: amber. Nose: I’d swear there is some peat in there! Perfect oily style, with many, well, oils, saps, pine-y aromas, and various polishes. Linoleum, linseed oil, earthy tea, umami, camphor, soy sauce, and then quite a chunk of cured ham (jabugo)… Also juniper berries. A very sexy nose. Mouth: good, some may consider it got too woody, for it does bite you a bit. Very strong black tea, Jaegermeister, crème de menthe, Mitteleuropean bitter herbal liqueurs, all that… And above everything, a massive clove-iness. Quite some cocoa powder too (natural, not sugared). Finish: long, acrid, but I do like that. Mint and bitter chocolate. Comments: quite a ride! It’s an uncommon hyper-herbal composition, but I did enjoy it a lot. SGP:381 - 87 points.

  11. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: Tropical sherry notes, coconut, tomato and meaty mushroom oak. Dark malt and vibrant. 
    T: Intense, lush, yum.
    F: Aah, beautiful
    C: I could drink this all day. A wonderful blend, only losing out on ‘best blend of the day’ to the even more excellent ‘Golden Age’ WB

    Scores a B+

  12. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Malts come from Glenrothes, Glengoyne, Bunnahabhain and Tamdhu with grains from Cameronbridge, North British and Port Dundas. Once blended, they married and continued to mature at Coleburn's dunnage warehouse.
    Nose: Sweet and rich with notes of rum and raisin fudge.
    Palate: Honeyed cereal, clove, meringue and apple turnover.
    Finish: Spicy toffees.


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