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“Visit to the Distllert”

Caol Ila Distillery
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Caol Ila distillery is one of Islay’s best kept secrets. Situated on the North West of the Island, your initial approach takes in amazing views over the Sound of Islay and over to the Paps of Jura. The distillery itself hugs the coastline, the old dunnage warehouse that dates back to 1900 guards the stunning glass fronted still house. This George Leslie Darges styled building houses the six impressive copper stills which stand guard over the Sound of Islay. Allow some time to take a tour and experience whisky production at its best. Embracing both old and new technologies while utilizing skills going back generations, the distillery produces a well balanced, lightly smoked whisky, punctuated with fruit, spice and a little salt. Complete your visit with a tasting in the atmospheric surroundings of the old cooperage where you can experience some of Caol Ila's world class single malts.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Visit to the Distllert”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Very scenic location. Staff was pleasant and went out of there way to help and make people feel welcome. Very generous with the tasting

Visited November 2012
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“More industrial than the others”
Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

Very hands off and computer driven. Beautiful location, but a bit of a let down. It produces much more spirit than its neighbours but has lost all of its charm and atmosphere during its 70s upgrade.

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Mt Eliza, Australia
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“Sad to see this is a 'robot' distillery”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

The tasting was interesting, but there is very little craftsmanship going into the whisky it is all managed by computer with one man on each shift running the show. They also reuse their casks up to 5 times! There can't be much flavour left on fill 5. 90perc goes into blended whisky.

Visited October 2012
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Hawkhurst, United Kingdom
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“Hayley you are a star!”
Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Ok, you have to understand this distillery is quite modern in comparison to the others on the island. For hardcore whisky fans this will not be an issue.

Really good tour. The guide (Hayley) was excellent. I shall be sending an e mail to diagio, because she really deserves a mention.

Remember to sign up go friends of classic malts! Worth it if you plan to visit others in the diagio ownership.

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Thank Jamie D
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Lomma Sweden
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“One of my favorites”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Very friendly and good ambassadors for their products nice place and very good whisky well be back :)

Visited August 2012
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