This whiskey is delicious, on a sweet/salty basis. Its intensity is revealed little by little then gives way to peaty aromas. Adding water reveals its marine side. A delicious blend of sweetness, bitterness and smokiness. A fresh peat to discover the island of Islay! “Moch” (pronounced Morh) means “Dawn” in Gaelic.
The distillery sits on a cove near Port Askaig, where it is not uncommon to see seals frolicking. Its production is 3.6 million liters of alcohol per year. Behind the distillery stands a hill covered with fuchsias, foxgloves and rose hips, up to the peaty loch above, where the water flows: this one is very mineral and salty, because it flowed over a rock limestone. Close to smoked malted barley, Caol Ila is also marine, vegetal, oily and peaty. The recent official bottlings, particularly expressive, have an intense peaty and smoky character as well as a beautiful sweet/salty balance. Independent bottlers, Gordon & MacPhail and Signatory Vintage also offer magnificent versions of this single malt. The large, onion-shaped stills from the Caol Ila distillery largely explain the rather light and very fine character of this single malt.
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