Caol Ila

Single Malt Scotch 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.

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About Caol Ila

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 the largest of Islay's nine distilleries.
The name Caol Ila is Gaelic for "sound of Islay."
The distillery has a capacity of 6.5 million litres per year.


Founded by Hector Henderson in 1846, Caol Ila has been at the top of the whisky game for over 150 years. The distillery has gone from strength to strength since its inception. The latest plans for the iconic distillery include a bar and new visitor centre!

Taste Profile

Caol Ila is known for flavours of...

Baking Spices
Golden Syrup