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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 2019
March –Easter* (10.15-17.00)
Monday - Friday
10.30 Distillery Tour
11.30 Whisky & Chocolate Pairing
13.00 Cask Strength Experience
14.30 Tasting Tour
15.30 Distillery Tour

Saturday & Sunday
10.30 Distillery Tour
11.30 Whisky and Chocolate Pairing
13.00 Cask Strength Experience
15.30 Distillery Tour


Easter* -October (10.15 –17.30)
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
10.30 Distillery Tour
11.30 Whisky & Chocolate Pairing
13.00 Cask Strength Experience
15.30 Distillery Tour
16.00 Tasting Tour

Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
10.30 Distillery Tour
11.30 Blending Workshop
13.00 Cask Strength Experience
15.30 Distillery Tour
16.00 Tasting Tour

November-February (10.15 -16.00)
Monday - Saturday
10.30 Distillery Tour
11.30 Whisky & Chocolate Pairing
13.00 Tasting Tour
14.00 Cask Strength Experience



Tour & Tasting Prices

Distillery Tour (£7) - With stunning views of the Paps of Jura and undoubtable the most magnificent still house in all of Scotland, a tour of Islay’s largest distillery should be on every whisky lovers “must do” list. After the distillery tour, you will be invited to the old cooperage to sample an expression of our fine single malt.

Whisky & Chocolate Pairing (£23) - It begins with a short and succinct visit to our magnificent still house to capture a picture of our beautiful stills and stunning view. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a variety of our exceptional whisky served with a selection of luxurious chocolates crafted by the award winning Highland Chocolatier.

Cask Strength Experience (£23) - Start your tour with a short and succinct visit to our magnificent still house to capture a picture of our beautiful stills and stunning view. Then it’s over to our old cooperage to taste a selection of the finest Caol Ila cask strength expressions we have to offer; including three single cask expressions and two of our exclusive bottlings. This tasting focuses on the maturation of our great spirit as well as exploring the history and heritage of Islay’s hidden gem.

Tasting Tour (£15) - Perfect for distillery veterans who are well versed in the art of making whisky. This experience commences with a 30 minute tour of the distillery, focusing on the uniqueness of Caol Ila rather than the general whisky making process. You will then be invited to our old cooperage to sample 3 expression on Caol Ila which showcase the versatility of our great spirit.

Blenders Workshop (£90) - Caol Ila brings the smokey character to the world’s number one Blended Scotch Whisky – Johnnie Walker Black Label. To pay homage to this momentous achievement, we are offering you the opportunity to attempt to blend your own whisky to rival Johnnie Walker Black! Firstly, you’ll enjoy a tutored tasting of five samples which represent the cardinal flavours instrumental in creating the best blends. Once you’ve tasted and determined what flavour you would like to create, using the same equipment and instruments as our own whisky makers you’ll blend your own 20cl bottle to take home and enjoy.


Please note:
• All adults will receive a £5 discount voucher which is redeemable against a 70cl bottle of single malt whisky in our shop.
• Children under the age of 8 are not permitted on tour around the distillery production area. This is for the health & safety of your child.
• We can accommodate any size of group if time in your itinerary allows. For large groups, we must split them down into smaller groups (16 pax max) for the guided tour around the distillery. This is in conjunction with our Health & Safety Policy.
• All guided tours are in English. We cannot guarantee guided tours in foreign languages. Please ask when booking if there are any available.
• Written translations are provided in certain languages.
• There are no café/restaurant facilities on site. Please enquire when booking for recommended facilities nearby.
• For coach parties, the designated coach park must be used. No coaches are permitted into the visitor centre entrance area. Please call in advance for instruction if you have disabled or infirm passengers on board.
• Payment for group visits must be made 48 hours prior to arrival and is non-refundable (payment by card or business cheque; we are NOT able to accept bank transfers).



T: 01496 302769
E: caolila.distillery@diageo.com
W: www.caoliladistillery.com
A: Port Askaig, Isle of Islay, PA46 7RL
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