- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- L4216CM000 04773494
- Added on
- 10 Nov 2010 4:22 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Moch
73 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.06 points
- Nice light peat, relatively dry. The smoke lasts long. Unfortunately a little too easy for my personal taste.
- Yes, he is cheaper than the 12 year old. But the 12 year old is also better for classes. Someone once said, "I can not afford to buy something cheap." That's probably true ...
Young and smoky. Campfire smoke. Some alcoholic freshness.
The campfire turns into a peat fire. You can guess oak - there is not much. In addition, something metallic. Somehow it does not seem to be finished yet.
In short, only smoke and alcohol.
- Not very interesting. Liked the Bunnahabhain 12 much better.
- It's not as good as I remembered it to be, especially on the palate, but still, it's an excellent entry level Islay, and a very good take on the distillery character. In a way it feels more "evident" than the 12, though less impactful, which is why I'll support Toffie76 in saying that it's the perfect dram to make your buddies discover the "clean & easy" side of Islay.
When I first tried it a few years ago, I thought it was excellent ant that its goal to summarize Caol's style was quite achieved. Onto a proper review now ... And indeed the nose is really charming and on point. It's everything a young Caol should have : lemon, green olives, seaweed and fresh white bread, period. The rest is accessory : some kind of vinegary bruschetta, green pepper, rosemary-flavoured olive oil ... Very coherent, very Caol. The few points it looses in simplicity, it gains back in obviousness (which is always something that scores in my book). Smoked salt. If you wait, some more subtle touches arise : wet newspapers and dry white wine. Excellent, though not complex.
Much less impactful than I recalled. The texture is ok, nice oiliness, but the taste feels locked under 43%. I rarely complain about strength but here, it clearly seems responsible of some "gustative staticity". Other than that, feels pretty much "at the beach" : licking a pebble stone between two lemon shortbreads, with some brine in your nose.
Better already ! A feeling of SevenUp upon swallowing, then a very nice mineral comeback on limestone and slate, nice austerity again, that's the Caol I like ! Chlorine and Schweppes Tonic. Not that short actually, and better focused than the palate.