Caol Ila whisky distillery drawing


CAOL ILA (AKA Glen Isla).

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Caol Ila Tours, Opening Hours and Contact

Weekdays: 15th February - 2nd April

Monday-Friday 13:30-16:30. Tours 14:00,15:15

April - November
Monday-Friday 09:15-17:00. Tours 09:30 10:45, 13:45 & 15:15

November-December
Monday-Friday 13:30-16:30. Tours 13:45,15:15

Saturdays: April-June: 13:30-16:30, tours 13:45, 15:15
June-October: 10:00-16:30 tours 10:45, 13:45, 15:15

Premium Tour and Tasting: Tour of the distillery followed by an insightful look at a medley of our award winning whiskies. Every Monday & Friday, 10:45 from 5th April - 1st November. Booking is advisable but not essential.
Parties of ten or more should enquire for availibility outwith these times/days. Children under eight are welcome but not admitted into production areas. Tour costs £6 and includes a complimentary Caol Ila tour glass and entry into Lagavulin distillery.

Current owner: Diageo
Distillery Manager: Billy Stitchell
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Caol Ila History and Distillery Information
Caol Ila (Gaelic for “Sound of Islay” and pronounced col eela) was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson. The distillery did not fare well, and changed hands in 1854 when Norman Buchanan, owner of the Isle of Jura Distillery, took over. 

In 1863 the business was acquired by Bulloch Lade & Co, of Glasgow, traders in whisky stocks. By the 1880s over 147,000 gallons of whisky were produced there each year.

In 1920 Bulloch Lade went into voluntary liquidation, and a consortium of businessmen formed the Caol Ila Distillery Company Ltd. In 1927 the Distillers Company Limited acquired a controlling interest in Caol Ila, and in 1930 Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd obtained ownership of all the shares. The company eventually became part of Diageo.

The distillery closed during World War II, from 1941–1945, because of wartime restrictions on the supply of barley to distillers. From then, 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.

Related info: Alfred Barnard's visit to Caol Ila Distillery in the 1880s

 

Caol Ila Distillery



 

CAOL ILA (AKA Glen Isla).



 

Location : Caol Ila, Port Askaig, Islay, Argyll. Strathclyde Region.
Region : Islay
Country : Scotland
Type : Islay - malt whisky.
Distillery :  Caol Ila Distillery
Bulloch Lade & Co.
Port Askaing, Islay, Argyll PA46 7RL
Phone: 01496-840207
Fax: 01496-840660
Manager: Billy (old distillery manager was Mike Nicolson)
Still manager Billy

Visitors : Open all year from monday to friday (by appointment only) Admission charge redeemable in shop.

Caol Ila Distillery Visitor Centre
Port Askaig
Isle of Islay
PA46 7RL
Tel: 01496 302760
Site operations Manager - Caol Ila Distillery : Billy Stitchell
GPS: Latitude 55.8543 North - Longtitude 6.1093 West
Founded : Still built in 1846, reconstructed in 1879 and modernised in the 1970's.
Owner : Diageo Distilling Ltd.
Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig.
Isla of Islay
Argyll PA46 7 RL
http://www.malts.com

(Earlier United Distillers)
Producer :  Caol Ila (Diageo)
Water : Loch Nam Ban or Loch Torrabus - A peaty loch about a mile away sends water across fields to Caol Ila.
Remark :

Caol Ila

Also known as Glen Isla : The name is pronounced "cull-eela" = "South of Islay"  in Danish it soulds alot like Kål Ihhh-la.
The Gaelic word "caol" is more familiar as "kyle"
The Ila is short for Islay / Island
They use ex-bourbon and sherry cask's
The distillery have 3 wash stills and 3 spirit stills.
You will have a hard time finding Caol Ila as a standard bottling from the distillery, but you may find it from independent bottlers such as : James MacArthur & Company, Gordon & MacPhail, United Distillers, Master of Malt, Blackadder and Wm. Cadenhead.
From our visit at the distillery we now have the following facts.:
Caol Ila uses whatever barley they can get as this is not important when producing Caol Ila whiskies.
The Warehouse has 3 floors to store the barrels, but most of the barrels holds/stores Lagavulin
Caol Ila Warehouse Caol Ila Warehouse
The warehouse is NOT open to public.
Driving from Bowmore area towards Caol Ila - you'll se a beautiful nature, lots of hills where nature is covered with heather / moor and ferns.
(Between Caol-Ila and Bunnahabhain you would also se a lake where it is possible to do some Trout fishing.
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Source www.bbr.com :

Caol Ila Distillery, Islay


Caol Ila (Gaelic for 'the Sound of Islay') was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson, a Glasgow businessman with a keen interest in distilling. The distillery is hidden in a quiet cove near Port Askaig, overlooking the Sound of Islay. The water source for Caol Ila is the peaty Loch Nam Ban about a mile away from which the water flows through fields, arriving at a waterfall near the distillery. The six stills are large and lentern shaped. Caol Ila was built in 1846, reconstructed in 1879 and rather brusquely modernised in the 1970s.

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.

The Clynelish distillery in Brora is an exact replica of Caol Ila. Most of the production is used in blends (90%) such as Bell's, White Horse,  Johnnie Walker and Black Bottle. The distillery is the greatest of Islay, and produces over 3.000.000 litres a year.

Here's a swedish comment from a reader...:

Det här är en tämligen civiliserad Islay -- ja, en adlig smak, kanske
man kan säga. Mycket god. Den förekommer faktiskt i en roman som jag gav
ut nu i höst, Gyllene Gåsen, som utspelar sig på en krog med samma namn.
I kapitel 2 presenteras krogens dryckesmästare, och där står det så här:

"Dryckesmästaren heter Katz. Hans uppgift är att smörja maskineriet. Med
samma glädje som han bär fram ett glas utsökt Caol Ila presenterar han
en stork stark och en törstig sjåare för varandra."

Ja, det kunde ju vara intressant att veta, tänkte jag...

Skål!

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 A Caol Ila Barrel vintage 1996 (Sleeping...)

 

Caol Ila
12 years old
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Age : 12 years old.
Vol : 40%
Type : ?
Price ?
Taste : ?
Remark : Sorry no Caol Ila remarks at present time.

 

Caol Ila
15 years old
  Caol Ila bottle 15 years old Caol Ila bottle 15 years old picture 2
Age : 15 years old.
Vol : 40%
Type : ?
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Remark : Sorry no Caol Ila remarks at present time.

 

Caol Ila
Rare Malts
20 years old
Sorry no Caol Ila picture. Caol Ila cask strength 20 years old
Age : Vintage 20 years old
Vol : 61,18%
Type : Islay Malt
Price ?
Taste : ?
Remark : From the bottler Rare Malts this unique 20 years old cask strength is av..
You can perhaps find a hint of Moor. You will discover that this whisky will turn into a green like colour when mixing with water.
Danish comment : Her finder du en whisky med et hint af lyng og et særsyn at den f.eks. går over i det grønne når den blandes med vand.

 

Caol Ila
Rare Malts
21 years old
Sorry no Caol Ila picture. Caol Ila cask strength 21 years old vintage 1975
Age : Vintage 21 years old
Vol : 61,18%
Type : Islay Malt
Price ?
Taste : ?
Remark : From the bottler Rare Malts this unique 21 years old cask strength vintage 1975 is av.
You can perhaps find a hint of Moor. You will discover that this whisky will turn into a green like colour when mixing with water.
Danish comment : Her finder du en whisky med et hint af lyng og et særsyn at den f.eks. går over i det grønne når den blandes med vand.

 Caol Ila Cask Strength at 55% ABV.
Caol Ila Rare Malts varying from 20, 21 and 23 yo but hard to find.
 

Caol Ila

Caol Ila 2003

Caol Ila from Gordon McPhail 2003

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