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Caol Ila Distillery

Like sea air and peat fire, the distinctive Islay smokiness makes Caol Ila whisky a reference point for connoisseurs of Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky the world over. magical island or not.For more than 100 years small coal-fired “puffers” like the SS Pibroch brought barley, coal and empty casks to the distillery, returning her whisky to the mainland through the Sound of Islay. Today, Caol Ila’s secret bay is only known to true Islay devotees. The barley used here is still malted locally at Port Ellen and pure spring water still rises from limestone in nearby Loch nam Ban, then falls to the sea at Caol Ila in a clear crystal stream, just as it always has.

Opening Times 2018

APRIL (09.30 – 17.30)

Monday - Sunday

Distillery Tour – 10.15, 16.00
Whisky & Chocolate Pairing – 11.30
Cask Strength Experience – 14.00
Core Range Tasting Tour – 15.30


MAY - SEPTEMBER (09.30 – 17.30)
OCTOBER (09.30 – 17.00)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Distillery Tour – 10.15, 16.00 (excl. October)
Whisky & Chocolate Pairing – 11.30
Cask Strength Experience – 14.00
Core Range Tasting Tour – 15.30

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Distillery Tour – 10.15, 16.00 (excl. October)
Blenders Masterclass – 11.00
Cask Strength Experience – 14.00
Core Range Tasting Tour – 15.30


NOVEMBER & DECEMBER (10.00 – 16.00)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Distillery Tour – 10.15
Whisky & Chocolate Pairing – 11.30
Core Range Tasting Tour – 12.30
Cask Strength Experience – 14.00

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Distillery Tour – 10.15
Blenders Masterclass - 11.00
Core Range Tasting Tour – 12.30
Cask Strength Experience – 14.00


Tour & Tasting Prices

Distillery Tour (£6) - 1 hour experience including a tour of our beautiful distillery followed by a dram of our tasty whisky in our old cooperage.

Whisky & Chocolate Pairing (£23) - 1 hour tutored tasting going through some stunning Caol Ila whisky beautifully paired with luxury handmade chocolates from Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier in our old cooperage. No tour included.

Cask Strength Experience (£23) - 1.5 hour tutored tasting going through very special Caol Ila whiskies including single cask samples. This includes a short 30 minute tour at beginning.

Core Range Tasting Tour (£15) - 1 hour experience including a shorter tour of the distillery followed by a taste of three drams from our collection. The perfect way to explore our range.

Blenders Masterclass (£90) - Caol Ila plays an important role in the Johnnie Walker family of blends and you can learn about our contribution through our new blended masterclass. In this two hour experience you will enjoy a special, luxury tasting working through a variety of whisky characters which are integral to the blending process, such as grassy, fruity, nutty and smoky, culminating in the creation of your very own unique blend.
On this unique Islay offering you will gain an understanding of the importance of Caol Ila in the Johnnie Walker blends as well as learning about the art, and skill, that goes in to creating a blended whisky.
When the experience is over guests will be able to take away their own unique blend as well as a Johnnie Walker Black Label 20cl to compare.


We strongly advise booking in advance as to avoid any disappointement. Please phone or email us to enquire about a booking.

Ask about our day excursion, new for 2018. Start off at Caol Ila for a distillery tour followed by a whisky and chocolate tasting. Depart Caol Ila for a light lunch at a local hotel before heading to Lagavulin for a warehouse tasting and distillery tour. A full day planned with transport and lunch provided for only £90 per person.
*Selected days only and booking essential

T: 01496 302769
E: caolila.distillery@diageo.com
W: https://www.malts.com/en-gb/our-whisky-collection/caol-ila/
A: Port Askaig, Isle of Islay, PA46 7RL
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