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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 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
$194.57

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
$95.35

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
$77.77

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
106
$48.97

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)

20cl, 40%

An independent bottling of 18 year old single malt from Islay's excellent Caol Ila distillery, drawn from a pair of cask and bottled at cask strength by The Whisky Lounge folks! 600 of these 20cl…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)
$35.65

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)
2
$110.24

Cl10 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)

50cl, 58.2%

Independently bottled single malt from the Elements of Islay range, given the scientifically-themed name Cl10 (because it's the tenth bottling from a particular distillery).  More info

Cl10 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)
$52.30

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
$55.64

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
$660.67

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

A Hepburn's Choice bottling 8 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a wine cask! This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in 2009 and bottled by Langside in 2017 with an outturn of 438 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$71.86

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)
$57.87

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
$241.20

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
$354.34

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 61.5%

Another year and another excellent unpeated Caol Ila for the Special Releases. This is the first of these unusual Islay malts to have been distilled this millennium, being filled into refill American…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)
$103.13

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)
$81.50

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

70cl, 47.2%

6 year old single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, independently bottled for Valinch & Mallet's Peaty Dna Collection. Each of the releases from this series have been finished in a different…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Rye Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)
$81.50

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 5682) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 53.6%

This is a single cask bottling of some very well-aged Caol Ila single malt - exciting stuff! It was distilled in November 1981 and allowed to mature in a single hogshead cask for 34 years, before it…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 5682) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$404.43

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)
$106.36

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
$205.47

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)
$364.67

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)
$431.16

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
$300.61

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)
$247.74

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)
$138.43

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)
$354.41

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