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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Caol Ila Scotch whisky distillery released “The Iridescent Cask Series”. They use the 1st Fill Oak cask and 1st Fill Bourbon Cask. Those are matured for six years in Chicago in four wooden barrels to explore the interaction between whisky and wooden barrels. The Iridescent Cask Caol Ila 2011 6 Year Old Single Malt Whisky […]

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Presenting Caol Ila Kinnikuman Dream Superhuman Tag Edition. Relive the nostalgia of those days spent in front of the TV, collecting Kinkeshi figures, and immerse yourself in the memories that warm the hearts of long-time fans. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Kinnikuman announces a new anime series, promising a fresh chapter in its storied history. The […]

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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 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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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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