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    Caol Ila Single Malt Whisky

    Caol Ila translates from Gaelic to mean ‘Sound of Islay’ which refers to the narrow strait of water which separates the islands of Islay and Jura; it is often considered one of the most remote and picturesque locations in Scotland. This historic distillery, built in 1846, sits on the shores of the sound and lifts its water from the adjoining Loch Nam Ban. The Caol Ila distillery was founded more than 150 years ago, but the building was demolished and completely rebuilt on the same spot in 1974, including reproduction of the original stills designs. It is now the largest distillery on the island and sits in stunning surroundings looking across to the Paps of Jura. Caol Ila is said to produce almost 4 million litres of alcohol per year, accounting for almost a quarter of all whisky distilled on the island.

    Most of the single malt whisky created at Caol Ila is used in a number of Diageo blends, including Johnnie Walker and Black Bottle. However, a number of official single malt bottlings have also been released in recent years; 12 year old or 18 year old single malt expressions and Cask Strength bottlings are the most widely available. These beatuiful single malts are consistent with the Islay character, with a smoky peatiness. However, Caol Ila have also deviated from the traditional Islay flavour with a range of unpeated whiskies which have been well received within the whisky community – most notably the 8 year old unpeated expression.

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