Built in 1846, Caol Ila is the largest of the eight working distilleries on the island of Islay (situated off the west coast of Scotland), with a production capacity of 3 million litres per year. In the classic Islay style, Caol Ila is made predominantly with peated malt and the resulting phenols have a big influence on the final flavour of the ... Read More »
A 1977 vintage Caol Ila from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This was distilled just a few years after the distillery underwent a major £1m renovation, which included the installation of six new stills.
A Gordon & Macphail bottling of Caol Ila as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range, distilled in 1980, just six years after the distillery was renovated and vastly expanded. A large proportion of the Caol Ila production is used as the peated portion in Johnnie Walker products.
A single 1997 European Sherry Oak cask of Caol Ila chosen to represent the distillery in the cask strength Managers' Choice range from Diageo. This is only the second ever single cask Caol Ila released by Diageo after the wonderful Feis Ile bottling in 2009 (also a sherry cask, coincidentally).
A 1974 vintage Caol Ila from JAS (James) Gordon & Co, owned by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. After a two year closure for complete demolition and rebuilding, the distillery reopened in the year this was distilled, 1974. This bottling therefore would have been some of the first spirit to come from the newly expanded site we know today.
The 2nd cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from distillery number 53 (Caol Ila). Distilled in October 1978, it was aged for around 11 years before being bottled for the enjoyment of its members in October 1989.
The 5th cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from distillery number 53 (Caol Ila). Distilled in January 1978, it was aged for 14 years before being bottled for the enjoyment of its members in March 1992.