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Caol Ila (pronounced 'Cull Ee-la), is a remote Scottish distillery, situated in a quiet wooded bay on Islay near Port Askaig that has produced great whisky for 160 years. Its whiskies tend to be lighter than other Islay's, with peat and floral notes the order of the day.
And so to Moch. Its not an expensive dram, retailing at about £36 in the UK at the time of writing.
Colour: Very pale, probably the palest whisky I have seen. It shouts 'clean and fresh in the glass'
Nose: On the nose it doesn't disappoint. Fresh, warm firesides, slight zest and a gentle and very beautiful peat back note.
Mouthfeel: Fresh, not oily, light.
Palate: The first thing you notice is that its creamy, smooth, fresh and a low peat taste that suits my palate. I don't like big peat monsters. Very fresh, slightly lemony. Not harsh in any way, just very smooth and light.
Finish: Fairly long, drying and leaves a creamy feel in your mouth, begging you to drink more. The peat never gets in the way. Surprisingly complex.
Conclusion: For the price, a absolute steal. Its very classy, easy drinking and dangerously smooth. This fresh, warming whisky is never overpowered by the peat, which harmonises very well, providing an almost perfect balance. One to be drunk by the fireside after a winter's walk with friends.