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 fantastic Caol Ila 10 Year Old was matured entirely in a hogshead cask, making it slightly sweet and oaky, but it still holds the smokiness and sea air that you would expect from the distillery. A really lovely bottling of Islay whisky that is one of just 500 bottles. More from Caol Ila

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One of the Latest Releases in the Superb Connoisseurs Choice Range This 2018 release Caol Ila 14 Year Old is one of the latest and best releases in Gordon & MacPhail’s hugely successful Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled in 2003 on Islay, the whisky was then matured in a refill American Hogshead barrel for 14 years […]

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A brand new Caol Ila release that was distilled in 2010 and matured in a single Oloroso cask before being bottled in 2018, some 8 years later. This fine whisky comes in a bottle detailing an Arthurian tale and brings notes of peat smoke, citrus fruits, gentle vanilla, warming honey and a little kick of […]

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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 Caol Ila bottle is a 32 year old ‘Director’s Special’ whisky bottled by the Single Malts of Scotland. It is presented in a regular 70cl bottle with an elegant wooden box. More from Caol Ila

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The Caol Ila 35 Year Old 2018 Special Release An Islay Whisky Like No Other This Caol Ila 35 Year Old really needs no words – the whisky and the bottle are simply stunning. The liquid is an incredible golden/amber colour that screams quality and the notes in this bottle are quick to back that […]

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An exciting Caol Ila 6 Year Old that was distilled in 2010 on Islay and then bottled by French indie bottler, La Maison Du Whisky, in 2017. The bottle features beautiful artistic labeling and the liquid inside is equally as special. More from La Maison Du Whisky

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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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