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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.
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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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
Not as strong as I would have expected. Good choice to start with this kind of products or you want a lighter version of a Smoky one.
13th December 2015
Love at first sip.
12th June 2015
This Caol Ila is a bit more restrained compared to it's 12 yo predecessor. Instead of a smoky, oily dram, you can expect more freshness while the signature peatiness is preserved. First, on the nose it's classically Caol Ila-ish peaty with fresh sweetness, some citrus influences and a feeling like you're hiking through a tall grass meadow on a chill morning (hence 'moch', meaning 'dawn'). On the tastebuds, the texture is pretty dry and not as oily as the 12 yo. Soothing smoke reveals itself, alongside with the earlier mentioned meadowy taste. Rounding it off, a sublime aftersmoke follows, being not too faint and not too pronounced. This is a great dram for a great price and distinctively different from it's 12 year old cousin. Good stuff! (RB)
31st January 2015
19th November 2014
I have to agree with previous review - tasting notes are spot on, a really very pleasant lighter but still complex dram. thoroughly enjoyed, a nice addition to any collection
11th August 2014
Just beautiful - very easy drinking, but has all the hallmarks of a classic Islay
10th May 2014
Tasting notes are spot on. This is a beautiful sweet and fruity dram with a hidden smoky kick. I absolutely love it. Gentler than the 12 but it just ticks all the boxes for me.
20th August 2013