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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay Distillery Information

Caol Ila Distillery,

Port Askaig,

Isle of Islay


Tel: +44 (0) 1496 302760


Caol Ila is open to the general public on selected days between April & October on other days by appointment only basis.


Please Confirm with the distillery before travelling

Caol Ila Single malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes

Nose: Smoke and Tar. Rock pools, coal tar soap.


Palate: Full bodied and oily. Peaty, malty, smoke and embers.


Finish: Long and warming.

Caol Ila Whisky Notes Caol Ila Whisky Notes

Founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson

Location Islay Region East shoreline district Port Askaig

Water source Loch Nam Ban (Torrabolls Loch).


Caol Ila Distilling Equipment

Poteous Mill

Copper domed stainless steel mash tun, Abercrombie of Alloa

8 Finnish Pine Washbacks

6 Tall Elegant Slender Onion Large Capacity Stills, The wash stills are trimmed with red hatches the spirit still are in blue broad necked with gently slopping lyne arms

Two spirit stills (Abercrombie) dating from the 1973 rebuild.

On site warehouses

Matured in American Bourbon Casks

Caol Ila Malt Whisky Distillery History

Just North of the ferry terminal at Port Askaig, lies the Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Distillery founded by Hector Henderson in 1846. who was a partner in the Littlemill lowland distillery.


The distillery gathers its water from Loch Nam Bam "over which ever the anon and fragrant breeze from the myrtle and blooming heather is wafted" (Alfred Bernard 1877)


Henderson ceased trading and Bulloch, Lade & Co bought the distillery in 1863.and was rebuilt in 1879.


During 1920 the Caol Ila Distillery became a subsidiary of Robertson & Baxter Ltd. who’s management came under control of DCL in  1927 this was then passed to DCLs Scottish Malt Distillers in 1930.and was silent for the1930-37 period.


The distillery underwent a major reconstruction during 1972-74 all the distillery buildings apart from the warehousing was demolished and replaced with larger better-designed buildings. The stills were increased from 2 - 6. The distillery started distilling again in 1974 obtaining its malt from DCL’s Port Ellen.


Regarded as a full bodied, pungent, delightfully smoky whisky has long been a favourite amongst blenders. Caol ila malts are used in Bells and Johnnie Walker Swing.


Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Caol Ila 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Caol Ila 18 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Caol Ila Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillers Edition


Caol Ila  Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings

Caol Ila 8 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Caol Ila 8 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Unpeated Style

Caol Ila 10 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Unpeated Style

Caol Ila 13 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillers Edition

Caol Ila 25 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Caol Ila Aged 15 Years (Flora and Fauna)

Caol Ila 1979 Cask Strength Limited Bottling  58.6% vol

Caol Ila 1997 The Managers Choice

Caol Ila The Moch

Caol Ila Distillery Only

Caol Ila 1981 Cask Strength Limited Bottling (Bottled in 1997) 63.8% vol

Caol Ila Aged 20 Years (Rare Malts Selction) 61.3% vol (Distilled 1977)

Caol Ila Aged 21 Years (Rare Malts Selction) 61.3% vol  


Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings


A D Rattray


Berrys' Own Selection

Bladnoch Forum


Carn Mor

Cask Strength  (Gordon & MacPhail)


Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Coopers Choice,


Dewar Rattray

Douglas of Drumlanrig (Douglas Laing)

Dun Bheagen,

Duncan Taylor Collection


Hart Brothers,

James MacArthur's

Kingsbury (Japan Import System)

Mackillops Choice

Murray McDavid

Norse Cask Selection (Denmark)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Old Masters(James Macarthur)

Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Premier (Douglas Laing)

Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Scott's Selection



Whisky Agency (Germany)

Whisky Dorris (Germany)

Whisky Fair (Germany)

Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor)

Wilson & Morgan