Caol Ila Moch
Caol Ila Moch is a no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky produced by the Caol Ila distillery, located on the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. The name "Moch" is Gaelic for "dawn," reflecting the distillery's location overlooking the Sound of Islay, where the sun rises each morning.
One of the defining characteristics of Caol Ila Moch is its smoky flavor profile. The whisky is made using malted barley that is dried over peat fires, giving it a distinctive smoky aroma and flavor. However, unlike some other heavily peated Islay whiskies, Caol Ila Moch is known for its balance and complexity, with the smokiness complemented by notes of citrus, vanilla, and honey.
The nose of Caol Ila Moch is dominated by aromas of smoke and peat, along with hints of sea salt and citrus. On the palate, the whisky is full-bodied and rich, with flavors of smoke, honey, and vanilla, followed by a long, smooth finish with a lingering smokiness.
Caol Ila Distillery
Caol Ila distillery was built in 1846, its name in Gaelic means: Sound of Islay. Eleven years after its construction the distillery was sold and the new owners built a pier. This made the distillery a lot more accessible by sea.
By the late 19th century the distillery was producing over half a million liters of alcohol a year. In 1927 the distillery was acquired by Distillers Company Limited (DCL and now called Diageo). It has remained under their ownership ever since.
In the early 1970's the distillery's production capacity was trebled. It has been Islay's largest whisky producer ever since. During the difficult decade of 1980, the distillery produced an unpeated spirit that proved to be very popular among blenders. This style of spirit is produced every year according to the requirements of the blended whisky market. In 2011 a slight expansion increased Caol Ila's production capacity to 6.5 million liters per annum.