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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
$79.32
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Caol Ila 25 Year Old (43%)

70cl, 43%

25 year old malt from Islay's most prolific distillery - Caol Ila. Sweet Smooth, and very 'sherbet-lemony'. Only a hint of Smoke, and just superb.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old (43%)
9
$185.25
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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
118
$42.30
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Caol Ila 38 Year Old 1980 (cask 12785) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.9%

A 38 year old single malt from Caol Ila, independently bottled by the ever-wonderful Douglas Laing. This one was distilled back in September 1980 and allowed a lengthy rest in a refill hogshead,…  More info

Caol Ila 38 Year Old 1980 (cask 12785) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$699.81

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, released as part of the Distillers Edition series. This one was matured from 2006 to 2017, including a finishing period in casks which has previously…  More info

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$67.71

Caol Ila 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46%

Peaty deliciousness from Caol Ila here, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The Boutique-y folks have bottled up a 6 year old single malt from the distillery on the east coast of Islay, and it…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$46.53
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Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314152, 314165 & 315013) - James Eadie

70cl, 46%

Distilled in 2009, this Caol Ila spent the next nine years of its life in a trio of refill hogshead casks, before it was independently bottled in 2019 by James Eadie for the Small Batch range. 1,100…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314152, 314165 & 315013) - James Eadie
1
$43.36

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1979 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%

An old Douglas Laing bottling of Caol Ila, matured in a single cask for 28 years! It was distilled in 1979 and bottled as part of the Old & Rare Platinum range (which nowadays is produced by Hunter…  More info

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1979 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$741.17

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
$51.78
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Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 59.1%

The yearly Diageo Special Releases always pack some surprises and it's fair to say an unpeated Caol Ila is probably one of them. This single malt Scotch promotes the distillery's lesser-known side as…  More info

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
$103.52

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2010 - Artist Collective (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 43%

Released as part of La Maison Du Whisky's Artist Collective range, this Caol Ila was distilled in 2010 and was then left to age in a first fill hogshead for six years. This limited edition whisky was…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2010 - Artist Collective (La Maison du Whisky)
$58.18

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2003 (cask 302465) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 54.2%

This Caol Ila single malt was distilled in 2003 and left in a single hogshead for the next 15 years. In 2018, it was bottled for La Maison du Whisky's Artist #8 series. A gentle and smoky dram, with…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2003 (cask 302465) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Whisky)
$166.38

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 68.6%

A wonderfully coastal single malt from Caol Ila, independently bottled by Master of Malt (AKA: us). It was distilled on the isle of Islay in August 2000 and allowed to age in bourbon cask for 17…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$174.67

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)
$235.47
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Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Claxton's

70cl, 60%

Distilled in 2012 at Caol Ila, this single malt was kept in a single refill hogshead for seven years it was cracked open and independently bottled by Claxton's for The Single Cask series. Only 285…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Claxton's
$92.07

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%

Delicious single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company after 11 years of maturation. The distillery looks out across the water to the isle of…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$77.24
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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)
$73.91

Caol Ila 33 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.6%

Caol Ila single malt matured in a sherry butt for 33 years before being bottled by Hunter Laing in 2017. It was bottled as part of the Kinship Collection, launched to celebrate the construction of…  More info

Caol Ila 33 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
$794.17

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.5%

This right here is the 13th batch of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky to be bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and it was matured for 18 years before the Boutique-y bunch got their mitts on…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$114.31
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Caol Ila 35 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 58.1%

This beauty from Caol Ila was the oldest single malt to be released from the 2018 edition of Diageo Special Releases. It was distilled at the much-loved Islay distillery in 1982 before it was…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
$717.70

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1976 (cask 8088) - Signatory

70cl, 59.3%

25 year old single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, aged in a single cask from September 1976 to March 2003. It was bottled by Signatory with a small outturn of 302 bottles. Collecitble Islay…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1976 (cask 8088) - Signatory
$635.28

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 9736) - Artist #7 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 54.1%

20 year old single malt from the Islay-based distillery, Caol Ila, independently bottled by La Maison du Whisky for the Artist series. It was aged in a single hogshead from 1995 to 2017, then bottled…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 9736) - Artist #7 (La Maison du Whisky)
$291.14

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
$336.79
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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
$229.25
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Caol Ila Feis Ile 2009

70cl, 58%

A beautiful Caol Ila, filled into cask on the 18th December 1996, and aged for 12 years in European oak sherry cask 19313 before being hand selected by Billy Stitchell for the 2009 Feis Ile. This…  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2009
$291.20

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