CAOL ILA

THE HIDDEN TREASURE OF THE ISLAY

Pronounced “Cull Eela." It’s the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura. For some, the distillery’s pronunciation is as remote as its location, sitting as it does on the rugged eastern coast, where it has remained hidden from view since 1846. However you say it, the fine, smoky whisky produced by generations of islanders is worth exploring.

TOURS

VISIT THE DISTILLERY

Caol lla Distillery is currently closed due to construction. In the meantime, the sister distillery, Lagavulin, is open for experiences and tastings and offers a selection of Caol Ila malts and merchandise.

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Discover the Caol Ila Range

The Distillery

Caol lla Distillery is currently closed due to construction. We look forward to welcoming you back to the renovated whisky visitor experience in summer 2022. In the meantime the sister distillery, Lagavulin, is open for experiences and tastings and offers a selection of Caol Ila malts and merchandise.

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“People and places don't just shape a Single Malt Scotch Whisky's flavour. They change the course of its future.”

HISTORY

In 1846, Hector Henderson chose a remote and beautiful site to build his distillery, on the shores of the Sound of Islay overlooking the Paps of Jura. We continue his traditional methods of malt whisky production to ensure the distinctive quality of Caol Ila malt whisky. The barley used today is malted locally at Port Ellen and pure spring water rises from limestone in nearby Loch nam Burn, then falls to the sea at Caol Ila.