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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 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Caol Ila 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
164
$48.12
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Smoky Scot

70cl, 46%

Smoky Scot is (surprise, surprise!) a heavily peated single malt, produced at the Caol Ila distillery. It was matured in bourbon oak casks for five years before being bottled at 46% ABV by Aceo.…  More info

Smoky Scot
10
$40.27

Caol Ila Distillers Edition - 2022 Collection

70cl, 43%

The Distillers Edition series sees some spectacular whisky double matured in specially paired wine-finished casks. This Caol Ila joins the 2022 collection, and the smoky Islay single malt has been…  More info

Caol Ila Distillers Edition - 2022 Collection
$71.73

Caol Ila 13 Year Old - Discovery (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

The spirit of this single malt Scotch whisky was sourced from Caol Ila Distillery before Gordon and MacPhail matured it in its own casks for its new introductory range, Discovery. It was aged for a…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old - Discovery (Gordon & MacPhail)
6
$48.17

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)
$353.54

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2012 (casks 322141 & 322155) Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Another fantastic offering from independent bottler, Signatory – this single malt was drawn from a pair of casks from Caol Ila. The liquid within was distilled in July 2012 before slumbering away in…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2012 (casks 322141 & 322155) Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$53.28

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
17
$58.36
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Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2011 (cask 15555) - Old Particular Fanatical About Flavour (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt Exclusive)

70cl, 58.1%

Master of Malt exclusive! Those folks at Douglas Laing have a knack for picking out a good single cask when they see one, and this one from Caol Ila is a cracking example! Distilled in January…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2011 (cask 15555) - Old Particular Fanatical About Flavour (Douglas Laing) (Master of Malt Exclusive)
5
$107.50

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2009 (cask 321158) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.3%

Caol Ila single malt here, distilled in 2009 and matured for 13 years in a bourbon hogshead. It was bottled in 2023 by Signatory Vintage for its Cask Strength Collection, with an outturn of 278.  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2009 (cask 321158) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$85.01

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 105) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.8%

This 11 year old single cask, Islay single malt from Caol Ila was distilled in November 2010 and initially matured in refill hogsheads, before moving to a fresh sherry butt. After 16 months, when all…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 105) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1
$110.67

Caol Ila 2010 (bottled 2022) (cask 311758) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 56.5%

Indie bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd cracked open a splendid cask of Caol Ila single malt for this offering. Distilled in 2010, the whisky spent a decade maturing, including a finishing period in an…  More info

Caol Ila 2010 (bottled 2022) (cask 311758) - Berry Bros. & Rudd
1
$102.41
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Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2012 (casks 318324, 318326, 318329 & 318343) Un-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This Scotch whisky was distilled at Caol Ila in June 2012 and aged for 10 years in a trio of hogshead casks before bottling for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection in November 2022 without…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2012 (casks 318324, 318326, 318329 & 318343) Un-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$50.16

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 4031313) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.2%

From Duncan Taylor's The Octave indie bottling series, which sees whiskies finished in small octave casks, comes a cracking Caol Ila single malt. It was distilled in 2008, and matured for 13 years,…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 4031313) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$190.44

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2011 (cask 367731) - James Eadie

70cl, 59.3%

What do we have here? Single cask Caol Ila finished in a first-fill palo cortado hogshead? Hell yes. James Eadie bottled up this beauty that was distilled back on 15 February 2011 after it spent 11…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2011 (cask 367731) - James Eadie
$74.75

Caol Ila 16 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2020

70cl, 53.9%

Travel back in time to Fèis Ìle 2020 with this cracking special release of Caol Ila 16 Year Old. 2020 saw the festival go virtual, but you won't have to isolate to enjoy this single malt. Finished in…  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2020
$256.18

Caol Ila 6 Year Old - Batch 22 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.1%

A superb marriage of casks from Caol Ila, cleverly arranged by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Combining six-year-old whisky finished in Moscatel octaves with older spirit from the revered Islay…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old - Batch 22 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$51.19
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Caol Ila Creosote & Candied Fruits (cask 310123) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 54.5%

The clue is in the name here. Caol Ila Creosote & Candied Fruits matured in an American oak cask before moving to a Madeira cask, which means a medley of sweet fruit notes join the characteristic…  More info

Caol Ila Creosote & Candied Fruits (cask 310123) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$78.44

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 - Paloma (Goldfinch Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 53.8%

We love a bit of indie Caol Ila, but when you take a single cask of its smoky spirit like the Goldfinch Whisky Merchants have done and pop it into Palo Cortado sherry casks, to finish and bottle it…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 - Paloma (Goldfinch Whisky Merchants)
$104.99

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2021) (cask 301632A) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%

Samaroli is a marvellous Italian indie bottler that regularly manages to get its hands on a delicious selection of whiskies and rums to bottler – this right here is an example of the former. It's a…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2021) (cask 301632A) - Samaroli
$308.37

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2007 (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.2%

This cracking Caol Ila has been calling to us for a while. Well, no, it's been slumbering soundly inside a refill hogshead, while we've been (im)patiently waiting for it to join our collection of…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2007 (Master of Malt)
$76.81

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2021

70cl, 57%

A special edition Caol Ila, released for the 2021 Fèis Ìle festival. Matured in refill American oak, it was then finished in moscatel wine casks before being bottled at 12 years of age. It was…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2021
$203.92

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2010 Tulip Edition - DS Tayman

70cl, 46%

A splendid indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 2010 and matured for 12 years, including a finish in a Tulip wine barrel. Boasting an impressive balance of coastal smoke and rich…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2010 Tulip Edition - DS Tayman
$51.19

Caol Ila 2010 (bottled 2022) - Wonders of the World (Swell de Spirits)

50cl, 57%

From indie French bottlers, Swell de Spirits, comes this single cask Caol Ila with a rum cask finish. Distilled in 2010, it matured until 2022, with a finishing period in a Jamaican rum cask. Bottled…  More info

Caol Ila 2010 (bottled 2022) - Wonders of the World (Swell de Spirits)
$91.38

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2009 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

Making quite an addition to the Connoisseurs Choice range from indie bottlers Gordon & MacPhail, this single malt Scotch was distilled at Caol Ila in 2009. It initially matured in a bourbon barrels…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2009 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$109.60

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2014 (casks 1925785/193/194) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50%

This single malt from Caol Ila was distilled in 2014 and allowed to mature in bourbon barrels, before a 14 month finishing period in Cognac casks! A fabulous juxtaposition of fruity cask influence…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2014 (casks 1925785/193/194) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$62.32
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