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The Distillery

The Caol Ila distillery, near the Islay port town of Port Askaig, overlooks the Sound of Islay (a strip of water between Islay and Jura) after which the distillery is named.

Originally founded in 1846, it passed through numerous owners before eventually becoming part of the Scottish Malt Distillers group in 1930. This group was then taken over by drinks giant Diageo, who own the distillery to this day.

The distillery was knocked down entirely in 1972 and rebuilt to the George Leslie Darge design, common in many distilleries of that area. It's large glazed curtain walls on the still house are probably the most easily recognizable trait.

Described by some as one of the lighter peated islay malts, the style is oily and smoky with a seaside tang and can exhibit peaty, floral and peppery notes.

While whisky from this distillery was originally used mainly in blends such as Johnnie Walker, the increasing popularity of single malts has seen it become much more popular since they announced a range of three drams in the early 2000s. There range has since grown exponentially.

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This stunning Caol Ila 11 Year Old was distilled on Islay in 2010 and matured in a single hogshead cask before bottling by Berry Bros & Rudd for their Berry’s Own Selection range. It brings delicious notes of dried fruits, citrus zest, building peat smoke and charred oak that work wonders on the nose and […]

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A stunning single cask single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery and popular bottler Douglas Laing that was distilled in 2009 and matured for 11 years before bottling. It brings elegant notes of lemon pie, sweet bread and cinnamon spice on the nose, before the palate arrives with smokes orange zest, hazelnuts and spiced coffee. […]

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This unqiue Caol Ila 11 Year Old was selected and bottled by Watt Whisky exclusively for the Japanese market, making it hard to find anywhere else in the world. It’s a cask strength release that brings a delicious combination of building peat smoke, charred oak, citrus fruits and vanilla that dance on your palate in […]

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A stunning Caol Ila 13 Year Old that was distilled on Islay in 2007 and matured in refill bourbon barrels before being given a five year finishing period in Hermitage casks (a French wine) and then being bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their popular Connoisseurs Choice range in 2021. It brings an intriguing array […]

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Caol Ila’s Latest Edition of their Exquisite 25 Year Old The latest edition of Caol Ila’s annual 25 Year Old release is a joy to behold. Every year the distillery releases a version of this whisky and every year is seems to get better and better. This release brings sherbet lemons, smooth toffee and a […]

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This absolutely stunning Caol Ila 6 Year Old is up there with the most elegant bottles we have ever seen. Distilled in 2004 at the world famous Caol Ila Distillery, it was then matured for 6 years in an ex-Pedro Ximenez cask that has imparted a dark ruby colour onto the liquid, along with a […]

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This delicious Caol Ila whisky was distilled on Islay and matured for 8 years before bottling for the Japanese market. It is a single cask release that brings citrus fruits, freshly cut grass, building peat smoke and hints of vanilla throughout. It’s an outstanding expression that any fan of Islay whisky will adore.

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This stunning Caol Ila 8 Year Old was distilled on Islay in 2011 and matured in a bourbon barrel before being bottled by indie bottler, Kingsbury. It brings a range of earthy notes to the table alongside gentle malt, peat smoke and citrus fruits that dance on your palate. As a single cask whisky, numbers […]

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Exciting New Eight Eight Series from Cask 88! Only 88 Bottles of Each Expression Available! This Islay single malt is part of award-winning bottler, Cask 88’s, brand new “Eighty Eight Series”. Each bottle in the series has been matured in a quarter cask, allowing enthusiasts to experience the impact of cask size on the maturation […]

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Caol Ila Moch

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The Caol Ila Moch is a lighter, slightly sweeter expression than the distillery’s standard 12 Year Old taking its name from the gaelic word for ‘Dawn’. It brings gentle citrussy notes that marry perfectly with hints of sherbet backed up by gentle peat smoke. Then comes a dry, smooth finish that brings candied peels and […]

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This superb two bottle set from indie bottler, The Maltman, includes two single cask, single malt whiskies created at two of Islay’s most famous distilleries. The first is a Bunnahabhain that was distilled in 2004 and matured in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask for around 15 years before bottling in 2019. It’s a cask strength […]

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