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“A bit disappointing”

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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Their whisky is fab but the tour lacked a bit behind others. The building is industrial and not very nice from the outside. Staff were generous and knowlegable. Worth a quick visit only.

Thank roblon01
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Very friendly staff, we were sorry we did not have time to do the tour but will catch them next time. We were still given a taste in the shop and liked it a lot.

Thank Muweti
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Another well organised tasting with several whiskies to try out- including a 24 year old one straight from the sherry cask which was fabulous9 unfortunately not for sale!) . Again staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. However it is rather far from Port Ellen if you are staying there.

Thank oilmanDorset_U_K_
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Although I had a tour reservation, the distillery was closed when we visited for stock counting. Despite our initial disappointment, one of the people there was good enough to give us our tour anyway. Thanks to this, we got a completely private tour, and a dram of the delicious Caol Ila to enjoy. Of course we couldn't drink it inside, so we had to sit outside. You didn't hear us complain, with that much sun, and the amazing view of Jura in the distance! It's too bad we couldn't get anything in the shop (because everything was completely locked down), but this was a great experience nonetheless.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Getting to the distillery is relatively simple. Most of the ferries to Islay arrive in Port Askaig and this is very close to the distillery. Once you leave the ferry you will go out on the main road leaving the dock (there's only one) Then in a little bit you will see a brown sign pointing to the road on your right and saying "Caol Ila" Follow the path to the right for a little over a mile. One thing to keep in mind is that this is a one lane road in a lot of spots and Caol Ila is one of the major producers on the island. This means that sometimes you will have an 18-wheeler coming right at you. The views from the entrance at the shore are just simply amazing. Also, if you go around the side of the building there is a small waterfall that is also quite scenic. Since Caol Ila is one of the largest distilleries on the island, pretty much everything is automated and you don't get to see a lot of people working their craft. At the end you're allowed to have a tasting and also, there are other times during the day where you can sign up for "rarer tastings" of some of their older spirits. I think the amount of enjoyment you get out of your visit here will be related to how much you love Caol Ila. if it's your fab fave whisky then you'll think of it like a pilgrimage to Mecca. If it's one of many that you like to sip on occasion then you'll probably like the scenery around the distillery more than the distillery tour itself.

Thank andrewpiner
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