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Caol Ila Distillery,
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.
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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.
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
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
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Berrys' Own Selection
Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
Douglas of Drumlanrig (Douglas Laing)
Duncan Taylor Collection
Kingsbury (Japan Import System)
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)
Whisky Agency (Germany)
Whisky Dorris (Germany)
Whisky Fair (Germany)
Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor)
Wilson & Morgan