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Caol Ila Distillery

Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , PA46 7RL, Scotland
Tel: +44 1496 302 760


Articles (6)

Captain's log
'Win a week's sailing in the Classic Malts Millennium Cruise,' writes Philip Froude, 'too good a chance to let pass by I think and, blow me down, I win!'

November 2000, Issue 12, page 41

Desert Island drams
What do professional tasters drink for pleasure? Richard Jones finds out what the whisky makers' whiskies are

June 2003, Issue 31, page 30

Gone but not forgotten
Robin Brilleman takes a tour of the Scottish Highlands and visits the distilleries that have, over the course of time, ceadsed production but whose malts have left a lasting imprint on whisky history.

April 2001, Issue 15, page 32

The end of a long drive
Despite the distance, a trip to west coast can be very rewarding

October 2013, Issue 115, page 48

Waste not, want not
Gavin D. Smith takes a look at the by-products of whisky-making, and where they end up

March 2003, Issue 29, page 38

Whisky's women
Whisky's longevity can be credited to the efforts of many hard working people. Gavin D Smith lists nine successful women who are currently working hard to secure whisky's future.

February 2001, Issue 14, page 26

Whiskies (35)

Adelphi Caol Ila 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 A curiously insipid bottling.

Berry's Own Selection Caol Ila 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00%
7 Intense and in character. A fairly simple Caol Ila but a goody.

Berry's Own Selection Caol Ila 26 Years Old, 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.70%
8 I prefer this neat, but whatever your preference, this is an exceptional Caol Ila.

Blackadder Caol Ila 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50%
8 Light in the middle, and delicate throughout, but lovely Islay flavours.

Cadenhead's Caol Ila 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Youthfully powerful. Almost raw flavours, without being in any way spirity. Many Islay-lovers enjoy their whiskies young. This is a robust example.

Caol Ila 10 Years Old Unpeated
Single Malt - Scotland - 65.80%
7 There is a great difference between the nose and the palate. The alcohol is really aggressive on the palate. Better with water but still vibrant.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Caol Ila 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Of the three expressions in this tasting, this is the most rounded and balanced. All the classic Caol Ila aromas and flavours are there, with no sharp edges. Vatted for drinkability?

Caol Ila 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
3 A balanced expression of peat in this version. A lot of intricate aromas in this dram.

Caol Ila 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
Again it's all about balance here. Subtle and versatile.

Caol Ila 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.30%
7 The palate does not have the nose delicacy. Water tones the alcohol down but brings out astringency. A Caol Ila? I would never have guessed.

Caol Ila 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A wonderful aperitif. Smoked fish to follow?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Caol Ila 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90%
8 Just one of a great clutch of smoky drams this time around.

Caol Ila 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 The most vegetal and assertive of the three expressions. Lots of contribution from the wood.

Caol Ila 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
2 Oak seems to have “digested” peat. The smokiness is restrained on nose as well on palate but surprisingly comes back on the finish.

Caol Ila 1984 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00%
7 Awake up dram. Fresh,vibrant,wide open on the sea horizon. Bring bacon and eggs.

Caol Ila 1997 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60%
7 All very poised and pleasant, but apart from its unusual provenance (an unpeated Caol Ila) not exceptional.

Caol Ila 1997 Hermitage Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
6 For me the finishing element has just been just a little overdone.

Caol Ila 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00%
8 All the oily, waxy, junipery, bush-like flavours of Caol Ila, but the whiff of the sea comes late.

Caol Ila 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Great nose but a little dry on the tongue.

Caol Ila 8 Years Old Unpeated
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.80%
7 A straightforward example of a bourbon cask maturation. A bit burning on the tongue for me but some like hot, don't they?

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Caol Ila Berrys' Own Selection 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80%
8 Another marine fellow. Straightforward,muscular but not assertive. Invigorating.

Caol Ila Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
8 The most fruity, fresh, peppery and lively of the three expressions. I loved all three. Scoring was a tough call.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Caol Ila Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
8 Bold, well-balanced example, most drinkable.

Caol Ila Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
3 Wood shows up more. Smoke is heavier and less sea-sprayed than the Bowmore.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Caol Ila Distillers Edition 1995
- Scotland - 43.00%
8 A charming nose which is not fully delivered on the palate. But an excellent dram all together.

Caol Ila Distillers Edition 1995 Moscatel Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
I've lost the Caol Ila.[see Talisker conclusion]

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Caol Ila Moch
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Worth a look.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Caol Ila Unpeated 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.00%
8 An elegant, very drinkable Highland style dram.

Caol Ila Unpeated Special Releases 2007 8 Years Old
- Scotland - 64.90%
7 A taste of summer in winter.

Celtique Connexion Caol Ila 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A confusion of flavours that don't seem to have rounded in the cask

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Chieftain's Choice Caol Ila 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Here we go again...Caol Ila hits the nail on the head yet again.

Chieftain's Choice Caol Ila 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 The more Caol Ila makes itself available the more I seem to enjoy it.

Connoisseur's Choice Caol Ila 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Caol Ila can be a little gin-like. This bottling could be served like a Pimms. Mind you, no gin has such a long finish.

Cooper's Choice Caol Ila 1990, 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A middleweight Islay malt.

Cooper's Choice Caol Ila 1991, 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A perfectly decent dram, but just lacks the required interaction between wood and spirit.

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