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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 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)
$737.33

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
$98.06
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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
$50.06
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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
$76.25
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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)
$180.18
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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
$54.56
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Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (cask 12615) - Provenance Coastal Collection (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48%

The third release in Douglas Laing's Provenance Coastal Collection is a 6 year old single malt from the Caol Ila distillery! Matured in a single refill hogshead from December 2011 to August 2018,…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (cask 12615) - Provenance Coastal Collection (Douglas Laing)
$56.40

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
$201.68
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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)
$109.18

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2003 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 55.6%

A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Caol Ila from Gordon & MacPhail, featuring which distilled in 2003 and left to mature in a refill American hogshead for 14 years. In July 2018, the whisky was…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2003 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$105.69

Caol lla 11 Year Old 2006 (cask 308737) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 57.6%

Single cask Caol Ila, bottled by Càrn Mòr for the Celebration of the Cask collection. Matured in a bourbon barrel for 11 years, from September 2006 to August 2018, it was then bottled at cask…  More info

Caol lla 11 Year Old 2006 (cask 308737) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$93.88

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2007 (casks 314428, 314429 & 314430) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

10 year old single malt from the ever-popular Caol Ila distillery, independently bottled by James Eadie for the Small Batch range. It was drawn from a trio of refill bourbon casks, filled in 2007 and…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2007 (casks 314428, 314429 & 314430) - Small Batch (James Eadie)
$49.74

Caol lla 8 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

Sherried Caol Ila single malt, independently bottled by Càrn Mòr. This one was distilled on Islay in 2010 and matured in a apir of sherry hogsheads for 8 years, before being bottled in 2018 for the…  More info

Caol lla 8 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$45.39

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)
$50.39

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
$236.49
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Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.4%

6 year old Caol Ila single malt, independently bottled by our very own fair and well-maintained hands as part of our Single Cask Series. This peaty treat from the isle of Islay was distilled in May…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$76.41
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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)
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$108.09
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Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 (cask 6103) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 52.7%

A well-aged single cask bottling of Caol Ila single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for La Maison du Whisky. It was distilled back in December 1984 and left to mature in a refill…  More info

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 (cask 6103) - Gordon & MacPhail
$507.10

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)
$63.98

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2011 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 7-year-old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a single refill hogshead cask. It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in 2011 and bottled by Langside in 2018 at 46% ABV with…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2011 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$61.32

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)
$300.40

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)
$422.75

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2011 (cask 11778) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A youthful Caol Ila single malt, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Provenance range. It was aged in a single refill hogshead for 5 years, from December 2011 to May 2017, before being…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2011 (cask 11778) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$55.01

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
$347.43
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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
$196.57

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