Caol Ila Moch

  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 43%

Caol Ila Moch

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£54.75

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(£78.21 per litre)

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Taking its name from the Gaelic for ‘dawn’, Moch is a wonderful newcomer from Caol Ila and is a must-try for fans of this outstanding distillery. Lighter in style than the standard 12yo expression, Moch is a fantastic easy-drinking dram.

Caol Ila Moch is the first single malt from the distillery to be selected entirely on the basis of its taste, rather than age, cask wood, strength or finish.

The nose is creamy and lemony, before a silky-smooth medium-bodied palate that still packs a peaty punch. The finish is dry, sooty and very more-ish.

Moch was available initially only to the Friends of the Classic Malts exclusively from The Whisky Exchange. We think it's the best FOCM release in years and a very exciting addition to the Caol Ila family.

Tasting Notes (4)

Caol Ila Moch

70cl / 43%

In Stock

£54.75

Flavour Profile

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • White Pepper White Pepper
  • Grass Grass
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Pineapple Pineapple
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Toast Toast
Facts

Facts

  • Bottler Icon

    Bottler

    Distillery Bottling

  • Country Icon

    Country

    Scotland

  • Region Icon

    Region

    Islay

  • Colouring Icon

    Colouring

    Yes

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Rocky

    • Nose

      Salty and briny with vanilla ice cream, lemon sherbet, pineapple, white pepper and a hint of smoke.

    • Palate

      A creamy texture with buttery and toffeed notes added to the salinity and vanilla that were present on the nose.

    • Finish

      The toffee and vanilla continue right through to the end, with a medium to long length, which is excellent for an ‘entry level’ whisky.

    • Comment

      An excellent introduction into peated Islay whiskies.

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    • Nose

      Textbook Caol Ila lemon zest, but creamier & less assertive than I remember the 12yo. A few youngish notes that disperse quickly. Honey and cream soda. Some grassy notes & fresh hay. A biscuity note. Faint smoke, but nothing scary. In short: Lemon meringue pie. Not mind-blowingly complex, but that’s not what we’re looking for here, and it’s certainly very pleasant and inviting. This reminds me a lot of a younger, toned-down version of Port Askaig 17yo. For some reason.

    • Palate

      Medium-bodied. Slides across the tongue like an oilslick (the good kind of oilslick, I mean). And then the peat hits. Smoky phenols from out of nowhere. This is much better now, with a hot-buttered-toasty soot and woodsmoke character. These phenols take root on the palate, which seems drying, yet somehow retains the soft, silky mouthfeel and the creamy lemon sherbertiness even in the midst of the bonfire. A very clever trick. A lesson in balance – not rough enough to be too challenging, but certainly retaining plenty of oomph and youthful vigour to be refreshing and very more-ish.

    • Finish

      The smoke and soot linger, and the overall finish is longer than expected for a young whisky. A dryness at the death demands the glass be refilled.

    • Comment

      A hugely enjoyable romp through Islay’s middle ground. Moch is the whisky that Ardbeg Blasda should have been. Where Blasda fell down was in sacrificing both strength and peatiness – Moch, at 43%, is a sensible strength for a whisky of this comparative youth, and is certainly softer and more approachable than the 12yo, without ever becoming too beige and boring.

      Most importantly, they’ve kept the smoky bite that a young Islay whisky needs (and the nerds demand), as well as the balancing honeyed sweetness that makes this a genuinely pleasurable drinking whisky.

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    • Appearance

      Pale gold. Good viscosity.

    • Nose

      Unreduced, clean and fresh like wet, salty sand after the tide has receded. Some smoke behind, as from an old bonfire. Adding a little water brings up more freshness.

    • Palate

      Unreduced, sweet and salty with a balancing acidity, and fresh as a sea breeze. The trademark clean and smoky character of Caol Ila is here. Appetising. Adding water gives a smoother, softer, sweeter feel, still very maritime, with a nice texture. Sweetly drying overall.

      Medium bodied, elegant and smooth.

    • Finish

      Quite short, drying and warming with a little bitterness. Lingering smoky aftertaste.

    • Summary

      An absolutely straightforward, no nonsense Caol Ila. Crisp, assertive, direct, and unmistakeable.

  • Tasting notes by CaskStrength

    • Nose

      First whiff and i'm right back on that beach, with my mates, sunset slowly emerging. It has the exact same foam banana sweets note that the Askaig has. Give it a swirl and orange and lemon fruit jellies start to appear, the merest hint of coal dust, some floral perfume (honeysuckle) and butterscotch covered popcorn. An absolute delight.

    • Palate

      Slightly gritty at first, then straight into toffee mint humbugs, fruit sherbet and a wave of really delicate soft peat, which acts as a blanket on the tongue, as the fruity zestiness dances all over it. The next sip does the same, then the next and the next. It's consistent and totally moreish.

    • Finish

      The peat subsides and leaves a lingering ashy note, but the only thing you can think about is having a drop more.

    • Overall

      Let me make this clear. This is a perfect whisky for sitting round with your pals, getting a takeaway, listening to the new Arcade Fire record or, if you're anything like us, just remembering a few enjoyable, slightly misspent times on an island which has left an indelible mark on all of us. Grab, open, pour, enjoy, re-pour, enjoy some more. Easy.

Customer Reviews

Reviews (6)

Reviews

  • 2

    Anonymous

    Not a fan of this at all. The finish is overly sweet with ghastly aspartame overtones.

  • 5

    John from Texas

    Absolutely delicious!! I belong to a group that is mostly not peat lovers but they love this!!

  • 5

    Del Sharples

    Silky smooth, peat, smoke...what is not to like?

  • 4

    Dom H

    A delightful refreshing Islay, not as complex in character as a good enigmatic 18 but spritely and enjoyable, a modern but classicly refined offering

  • 3

    RegB

    Very good for a youngish Islay. I always enjoy this Moch with a good coffee and a piece of home made chocolate cake. As per Tim F (and the nerds demand) I am a very grateful and fulfilled nerd!!

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