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Caol Ila

Caol Ila was founded to the North of Islay in 1846 by the pleasingly-named Hector Henderson. It is located near Port Askaig and sits in lush, floral surroundings, overlooking the cove and the Paps of southern Jura. The distillery draws its water from Loch Nam Ban, whose waters travel through limestone and peat before reaching their beneficiary, Caol Ila.

The whisky distillery was sold to Norman Buchanan in 1852 and then, following monetary hardship, to the Glasgow-based blenders Bulloch, Lade and Co who renovated the buildings in 1879. Following liquidation, Distillers Company Ltd acquired Caol Ila and the distillery was subsequently transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers. The capacity is moderate at 3.65 million litres annually, the majority of which is used in Johnnie Walker blends. Just 5% is kept for maturation as single malt.

From 1999, unpeated single malts have been experimented with and in 2006 the first unpeated bottling was released in the form of an eight year-old. Caol Ila, whose name derives from the Gaelic for ‘Sound of Islay’, has been included in the Diageo Classic Malts range, exhibiting twelve and eighteen year-old expressions as well as a Moscatel-finished Distillers Edition. Independent bottlings can also be found.

Caol Ila 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A wonderfully balanced expression from the core Caol Ila range, this 18 year old is malty and thick with notes of Caol Ila smoke and phenols, a lovely Islay single malt without extreme levels of peat.  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old
16
$90.98
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Caol Ila 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old
109
$48.72

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

The Caol Ila Distillers Edition bottlings are a reliable source of Islay awesomeness. They boast plenty of warming peat notes mixed in with lip-smacking sweetness coming from the Moscatel cask…  More info

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$74.20
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Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 (casks 319397 & 319403) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

8 year old single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, drawn from a pair of hogsheads laid down in October 2009. In May 2018, Signatory bottled the whisky up for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection,…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 (casks 319397 & 319403) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$49.03

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2006 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 54.6%

Yummy single malt from Caol Ila, independently bottled by Glasgow's North Star Spirits. This one was matured in a refill hogshead for 12 years, before being bottled at cask strength with an outturn…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2006 - North Star Spirits
$79.67

Caol Ila Moch

70cl, 43%

Moch is Gaelic for dawn, and this release from Caol Ila is an altogether lighter prospect than the distillery's excellent 12 year old standard expression.  More info

Caol Ila Moch
12
$53.09
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Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 4678) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.4%

A Caol Ila 26 Year Old is not be ignored at the best of times. A single cask, non-chill filtered and cask strength (50.4% ABV) Caol Ila 26 Year Old bottled for the Mackillop's Choice series should…  More info

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 4678) - Mackillop's Choice
$338.10
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Caol Ila 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.2%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company have got their hands on another cracking Caol Ila to independently bottle! This time, they've bottled a 6 year old single malt from the distillery on the Isle of Islay,…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$55.22
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Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

A Distillers Edition bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period in Moscatel casks to impart more…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
4
$74.35

Caol Ila 18 Year Old Unpeated (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 59.8%

Islay distillery Caol Ila is renowned for its peat smoke – but there's so much more to this single malt than merely its ember qualities, as Diageo likes to remind us every so often with the launch of…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old Unpeated (Special Release 2017)
3
$105.19
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Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1996 (cask 791) - Kingsbury

70cl, 56%

A Kingsbury bottling of 21 year old whisky from Islay's Caol Ila. This smoky single malt was distilled in 1996 and left to age for 21 years before being bottled at cask strength with an outturn of…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1996 (cask 791) - Kingsbury
$196.05

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2012 (cask 1841-300379) - Claxton's

70cl, 57.2%

A single cask release of Caol Ila, bottled by Claxton's. For 6 years, this single malt matured in a single hogshead, and was eventually bottled at cask strength with an outturn of 341 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2012 (cask 1841-300379) - Claxton's
$64.86

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1983 (cask 1506) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 51.2%

Single cask Caol Ila, independently bottled by Càrn Mòr for the Celebration of the Cask range. This was distilled on the isle of Islay back in March 1983 and left to mature in a hogshead cask for an…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1983 (cask 1506) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$411.39

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59%

Islay - home to countless gorgeous coastal views, picturesque villages and incredible distilleries, like the fantastic Caol Ila! This is a 34 year old Caol Ila, distilled in 1981 and matured in a…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$630.39

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2008 - Young Rebels Collection No.6 (Hidden Spirits)

70cl, 52%

Another bottling of Caol Ila single malt from the Hidden Spirits Young Rebels range. This time, it's a 9 year old expression, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2017 at 52% ABV. The goblin from the…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2008 - Young Rebels Collection No.6 (Hidden Spirits)
$91.37

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.3%

A single cask whisky from the much-adored Caol Ila distillery, aged for 25 years! It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in March 1991 and matured in a refill hogshead for quarter of a century until…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$347.96

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1478) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.4%

25 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a single cask which aged the whisky from February 1990 to February 2015. After quarter of a century of maturation, the whisky was bottled for the…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1478) - Mackillop's Choice
$230.14
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Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 55.9%

Another year and another delicious unpeated Caol Ila at the affordable end of Diageo's Special Releases In fact, this is now the tenth release in the series. At 17 years old, it's the oldest yet too,…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)
5
$104.11
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Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Oat Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)

70cl, 47.2%

Valinch & Mallet's Peaty Dna Collection sees Caol Ila single malt finished in four different types of cask from Koval in Chicago. This particular expression was given a finishing period in a cask…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Oat Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)
$74.35

Carpaccio Salsa Verde 1981 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%

Yummy single cask Caol Ila single malt, independently bottled by Wemyss! This was distilled in 1981 and aged in a hogshead until it was bottled in 2017 and bestowed the name Carpaccio Salsa Verde…  More info

Carpaccio Salsa Verde 1981 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)
$292.33

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Four Grain Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)

70cl, 47.2%

One of four whiskies from the Caol Ila distillery independently bottled by Valinch & mallet as part of The Peaty Dna Collection series - each of which have been finished in a different type of cask…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Four Grain Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)
$74.35

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (cask 12090) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48%

Single cask Caol Ila? Glorious! This was distilled in February 2011 on the Isle of Islay, and matured in a refill hogshead for 6 years, until August 2017. It was bottled for the Clan Denny range by…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (cask 12090) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$62.26

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1997 - Sansibar

70cl, 40.2%

Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 1997 and aged in a single Sherry butt. After 19 years of maturation, this Islay whisky was independently bottled by Germany's Sanisbar in collaboration with Spirits…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1997 - Sansibar
$286.83
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Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 631) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

Indie Islay whisky from the excellent Caol Ila distillery, aged in a single cask for 23 years from January 1993 to February 2016. This was bottled by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 631) -  Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$236.38
$183.23
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Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 52.9%

This is a 9 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead from 2007 to 2016 before being bottled by The Whisky Agency and La Maison du Whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)
$132.09
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