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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
160
$42.45
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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
19
$88.94
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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
16
$54.63
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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)
4
$45.52

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)
4
$106.24

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
$252.95

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2012 (casks 327599 & 327600) Un-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Another cracking Signatory Vintage bottling of Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 2012 and matured in a pair of hogsheads for nine years before being bottled in 2022 as part of the Un-Chillfiltered…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2012 (casks 327599 & 327600) Un-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$49.02

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

70cl, 46%

The gang at indie bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd got hold of a brill batch of single malt from Caol Ila here! Distilled in 2010, rested in hogshead casks, and bottled in 2022 without any messing about…  More info

Caol Ila (bottled 2022) - Berry Bros. & Rudd
$74.14

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 316480) - James Eadie (Drinks by the Dram Exclusive)

70cl, 57.6%

This right here is a nine year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Caol Ila Distillery on Islay, distilled back in 2011 and aged in a single hogshead cask. It rested until 2021, when James Eadie…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 316480) - James Eadie (Drinks by the Dram Exclusive)
1
$60.66

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2012 (cask 302759) - James Eadie

70cl, 55.1%

A single cask single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, independently bottled by James Eadie. This one was distilled in January 2012 and filled into one solitary re-charred…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2012 (cask 302759) - James Eadie
$73.89

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)
$105.18

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 – The Eclipse (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

This right here is a rather snazzy James Eadie indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, matured in three refill hogshead casks from 2010 to 2022. Delicious Islay…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 – The Eclipse (James Eadie)
1
$50.55

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 322460 & 322468) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

The team at Signatory has a knack for picking out good casks of Caol Ila, and they've done it again here! This expression was distilled in 2010 and matured for a decade in two hogsheads, before being…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 322460 & 322468) - Signatory
2
$50.55

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 - Equinox & Solstice Autumn 2021 Edition

70cl, 48.5%

Single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's wonderful Caol Ila Distillery, independently bottled by Decadent Drinks. This one was drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which matured the whisky for 13 years,…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 - Equinox & Solstice Autumn 2021 Edition
$96.08

Caol Ila 10 Year Old - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 43%

A smoky single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, independently bottled up by Douglas Laing for the Single Minded series. This one was drawn from a refill hogshead, in which the whisky slumbered…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$43.46

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)
$349.08

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 15291) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48%

A youthful Caol Ila single malt here from Douglas Laing's Clan Denny independent bottling range. It was filled into a refill hogshead cask back in October 2012 and left to age until September 2021,…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 15291) - Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$60.66

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (cask 319291) - Artful Dodger

50cl, 59.7%

All the way from Islay's east coast comes a cracking 9 year old Caol Ila single malt! This expression was distilled in 2009, and set aside to age in an ex-bourbon hogshead for almost a decade.…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (cask 319291)  - Artful Dodger
$65.72

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2021) (cask 301633) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%

Single malt from the isle of Islay, distilled specifically by the Caol Ila Distillery on the east coast of the island. This one was matured from 2008 to 2021, before eventually being bottled up by…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2021) (cask 301633) - Samaroli
$304.48

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2014 (casks 2005618/19/23) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

A cracking single malt from Caol Ila, distilled in 2014, matured in bourbon barrels, and finished up in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. After six years, the whisky was bottled up by the folks at Murray…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2014 (casks 2005618/19/23) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$58.63

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)
$188.04

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
$304.48

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2012 (casks 322141 & 322155) Un-Chilfiltered 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-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$46.49

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 325862) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

70cl, 51.4%

A fabulous single malt from Caol Ila, distilled in 2012 and matured for 8 years in a single bourbon hogshead cask. This was bottled by Chapter 7 for its Monologue series in 2021, with an outturn of…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 325862) - Monologue (Chapter 7)
$66.73

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)

70cl, 56.1%

A brilliant single cask Caol Ila, this particular Islay whisky was distilled back in May 1981. It spent its days in a single bourbon hogshead for the best part of four decades, until June 2018 when…  More info

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)
$784.15

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