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The distillery sits in a cove near Port Askaig, where playing seals are a common sight. The buildings host three wash stills and three spirit stills. The production reaches 3.6 million liters of alcohol a year. Behind the distillery, stands a beautiful hill covered with fuchsia, foxgloves and dog rose, up to the peaty loch on the top where the mineral and salty stream runs, as it passed through limestone. Built in 1846 and rebuilt in 1879, the distillery has experienced a complete makeover in the 1970’s.
Reminiscent of smoky malted barley, Caol Ila is also maritime, vegetal, oily and peaty. The latest official releases are extremely characterful, with an intense peaty and smoky character with an amazing bittersweet balance. The unique character of Caol Ila ranks the distillery in the Classic Malts Selection. Created more than 20 years ago, this selection recognises Single Malts crafted in the tradition of iconic distilleries, and offers the most impressive whisky styles Scotland has to offer.