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Caol Ila Moch

(70cl, 43%)

Caol Ila Moch

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Caol Ila Moch Bottling Note

Moch is Gaelic for dawn, and this release from Caol Ila is an altogether lighter prospect than the distillery's excellent 12 year old standard expression.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Lemon sherbet and apple crumble topping with custard. Dry grass and not a hint of smoke.

Palate: Sweet lemon meringue pie and soft, very soft mouthfeel. The peat hits a third of the way in but it's restrained; soothing wood smoke rather than burning tyres, and it retains a sweetness throughout.

Finish: Soft drying smoke.

Overall: A tasty, easy drinking Islay that's pulled back on peat but not on flavour.

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Caol Ila Moch Reviews

Balance-Grass Fire Smoke from far away

The balance achieved in this dram is unlike anything I’ve had before. We might turn our nose up at non age statement whiskies, but this shows what talented distillers/blenders can achieve.
Sweet on the nose, and the initial taste. Syrupy mouthfeel suggests age that probably isn’t here.
Smoke develops in after taste. Leaves you sitting by a bonfire, just breathing it in.

18th February 2023

Lovely malt

Lovely malt with light smokey flavour, very very nice.

17th May 2022

Finesse Personified

I’ve always gone by - ambiance - feeling - temperature - company - occasion- etc, being the reason for choosing a certain dram. Caol Ila Moch is well suited to encompass all these and many more of your nuances.
An almost perfect dram. N.

28th January 2022

Love it

Fairly mellow, smooth, wood smoke, easy drinking, enjoyable and definitely different. Thumbs up from me.

20th October 2021

Send me a bottle

Lagavulin 16 brought me into the world of Islay and this dram opened my eyes. I’ll always be loyal to Lagavulin but I absolutely loved this. It’s a fresh, well balanced whisky with a hint of sweetness and a perfect punch of peat. Great at this price point too!

20th September 2019

you cun drink this in the morning as "Moch" is Gaelic for morning

its sensational...we drank it at the Islay distillery among st others ...easily the most drinkable of the brand..we want to purchase more but your postage to Australia is way over priced...anybody got any ideas

21st September 2017

Fantastic whisky.

What a delicious whisky! Delicate, grassy and sweet, it's long finish ends on a gentle smoky note. Just wonderful.
Something different from the smoky beasts of Islay!

6th June 2017

One of the great Islay malts under £100.

This is initially a lovely whisky, but after a few months of regular use I found it became more chemical (burnt rubber) at least initially when poured into the glass, so I poured it onto an ice cube in the glass then removed the ice after 20 seconds just to cool down and dilute the whisky a little. I found that this mostly returned it to its former self (but why I gave it 4.5 stars). Giving it a Gaelic name might be a bit of contrived marketing but it is certainly evocative of dawn on a Scottish island, with all the Islay complexity pared back and slowly surging on the tongue. Caol Ila always reminds me of roasted ham - either mustard or cloves, and in this blend the flavour is better restrained than the 12 year, whilst still distinguishing it from other Islay malts.

4th May 2017

In the same league as laphroaig QC

One of the best bang for the buck around. I prefer it over Caol Ila 12. This one is more balanced.

The nose is crisp and clean, almost cristalline, the peat is highly present but not overwhelming.

The mouth is round and balanced, peat, herbs, you really feel like actually tasting the islay island and the lifestyle there. Incredible.

The finish is long, the malt is fading first and the peat transforms to smoke as it lingers.

Absolutely fantastic. Better than 12. One of the best islay at this price range.

31st March 2016


This is one of the best single malts I've tasted in the smoke segment. Lagavullin 16, talisker 10, ardbeg, laphroaig, highland park. Caol ila moch is among the legends.

5th March 2016

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