Caol Ila is the Gaelic name for Bay of Islay, Islay which separates the island of Jura, located in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland's west coast.
More than 100 years spent SS Pibroch and other coal-fired steam boats barley, coal and empty casks to the distillery and took them whiskey back to the mainland by the Bay of Islay (Caol Ila in Gaelic), which the islands of Islay and Jura separates from each other.
That tradition is over. And others have taken its place, such as when the old distillery was hit obsolete and replaced in 1974 by a new £ 1 million costing, building. The six boilers were exactly recreated by craftsmen from the original design in order to preserve the unique quality of Caol Ila ™.
Many other things, however, are not changed. Caol Ila is the only distillery on Islay which faces east, so the six boilers every morning the first to feel the dawn on their copper faces.
The barley is still malted in Port Ellen, pure spring water wells still on the limestone in nearby Loch nam Ban and looking still like a crystal clear stream its way to the sea at Caol Ila.
Then there are holding the descendants of previous generations traditions. Billy Stitchell is Manager of the distillery and have been there for years, like his father, both his grandfathers and his great-grandfather. Their unbroken line is proof that it arrives here on tradition and expertise.
The result of their craft, and their experience is a nice single malt whiskey with aromas of dried sea air and a pleasant smoky sweetness. Anyone who visits this magical island soon discovers that Islay is the cradle of some of the great malt whiskeys. Discovering these malt whiskeys among the finer things in life and Caol Ila ™ is certainly one of them.