Caol Ila Whisky Scotch Single Malt - A to Z of Whiskies

Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Open To Visitors:
Phone Number:
Loch Nam Ban
United Distillers & Vintners
Yes by appointment.
+44 (0)1496 302760
(Call for visiting hours)
Caol Ila whisky distillery was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson - a Glasgow businessman with a keen interest in distilling. Like Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich, the development of Caol Ila created along with it, a community of its own. Without these distilleries, it is likely that there would have been little sustained human interference in these areas at all.

In 1857 Henderson went out of business and the distillery was purchased by Bulloch Lade & Co. The Distillers Company Limited took over management in 1927. From this date production continued until 1972, when the entire structure of the distillery was demolished. A larger distillery was built in the same original architectural style, and production resumed in 1974.

Caol Ila is considered to be one of the lighter of the Islays. Medium-bodied with a rounded flavour. Pale in colour with a greenish tinge. This malt has a peaty nose, with distinct floral notes. It is described as tasting slighty of seaweed/iodine, lightly medicinal, smoky, salty, sweet with a dry peppery finish.

Caol Ila Tasting Notes

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt.
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Oily yet fruity. Lightly medicinal, wet grass, linseed oil, smoky wood. With water good biscuity malt and smoky bacon notes.
Taste: Smoky smoothness and a sweet start. Rounded, mid-weight. Good smoky intensity mid-palate. Clean juicy fruits, oil and dry smoke.
Finish: Long smoky, warming.

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Caol Ila Bottlings

Caol Ila offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt.
  • 18 Year Old Single Malt.
  • Caol Ila 1979 25 Year Old Bottled 2005.
  • 25 Year Old American & European Oak Refill Casks.
  • Caol Ila Cask Strength.
  • Caol Ila 15 Year Old Flora & Fauna Series.
  • Caol Ila  has many other vintage bottlings available plus you will will find many independent bottlings.

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