Colleen and I (Lisa) have made yet another new addition to The Torridon Whisky Bar where Caol Ila Moch (Gaelic for dawn) joins its brothers Caol Ila 12, 18 and 25 year olds on our shelves.
Moch is a nice, easy drinking whisky and at only 43% is designed to be softer and more approachable than the 12 year old edition. This makes it a brilliant starting point for those interested in trying the fiery Islay malts as it is very easy to drink without losing any of the smoke and zest that you find in the older Caol Ilas.
Caol Ila itself is Gaelic for Sound of Islay and was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson, who formerly owned the Littlemill distillery near Glasgow. Although the distillery has a production capacity of an impressive 3.5m litres, it remains one of the least known Islay distilleries. A possible reason for this is that a majority of the stock goes to the Johnnie Walker blended whisky range.
Lisa and Colleen’s Tasting Notes:
Nose – notes of peat smoke leading to fresh apples, cut grass, and lemon
Taste – initial sugary sweetness, shortly followed by a hit of peat smoke with a peppery spiciness to it, lingering lemon zest on tongue
Finish – a long finish that seems to reverse the tasting process – smoke and lemon that fades back to the sweetness tasted at the very beginning
Try it, you will not be disappointed.