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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%

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
149
$41.30

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
$52.82

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
14
$58.06

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1988 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 51.4%

Well-aged Caol Ila? Yeah, go on then! This is a 31 year old single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, matured in a single refill sherry butt from 1988 to 2020. Following its maturation, Gordon &…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1988 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$865.27

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)
$787.97
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Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1980 (cask 14963) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%

Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular is reserved for rather well-aged expressions, and this one from the Caol Ila Distillery certainly fits the bill. It was distilled back in September 1980, and was…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1980 (cask 14963) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,758.82

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
1
$47.36

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 - Clanyard (Fable Whisky)

70cl, 57.5%

Distilled at Caol Ila in August 2010, this single malt matured for a decade in a single hogshead. In July 2021, the whisky was bottled up by the story-loving team at independent bottler Fable Whisky.…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 - Clanyard (Fable Whisky)
$104.71

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 13081) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.6%

A stunning bottle of Caol Ila, distilled all the way back in January 1984. After 35 long years, the single malt was bottled in March 2019 from a single refill hogshead, for Douglas Laing's XOP Old…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 13081) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$720.83

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 - Christmas 2021 Edition (GreatDrams)

50cl, 48.2%

Those indie bottling whizzes at GreatDrams are welcoming in Christmas 2021 in style, with their first expression from the Caol Ila Distillery! Distilled back in 2012, this single malt spent eight…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 - Christmas 2021 Edition (GreatDrams)
$71.68

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (casks 303558, 303559 & 312141) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

Indie Caol Ila from James Eadie, distilled in 2011 and rested in a trio of casks (made up of re-charred and refill hogsheads) for nine years. It was bottled for the Small Batch series, with an…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (casks 303558, 303559 & 312141) - Small Batch (James Eadie)
$46.95

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 malted 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)
$55.09

Caol Ila 2007 The Culprit - Chess Investigation Series (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 46%

A splendid single malt from Caol Ila, released as part of French indie bottler, La Maison du Whisky's Chess Investigation Series! This expression was distilled in 2007 and matured until 2021,…  More info

Caol Ila 2007 The Culprit - Chess Investigation Series (La Maison du Whisky)
$115.73

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)
$66.11

Caol Ila 10 Year Old (cask 301643) - The Sipping Shed

70cl, 60.1%

A classicly smoky and maritime Caol Ila, lovingly bottled by The Sipping Shed! The single malt was distilled on the island and left to age for a decade in a single bourbon hogshead. When it reached…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old (cask 301643) - The Sipping Shed
1
$79.34

Caol Ila 8 Year Old (Release 2) - Concept 8

70cl, 40.8%

This addition to the independently bottled range from Concept 8 was distilled at Caol Ila and matured for eight years before bottling. In fact, the folks at Concept 8 selected eight casks of eight…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old (Release 2) - Concept 8
$38.55

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
$104.71

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 (cask CM269) - The Golden Cask (House of Macduff)

70cl, 57.3%

A cracking Caol Ila here, independently bottled by House of Macduff. It was distilled on Islay back in December 2007, and aged in a bourbon cask for 13 years until March 2021, when it was bottled up…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 (cask CM269) - The Golden Cask (House of Macduff)
$104.71

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)
$198.43

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 331912) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 55%

Distilled in 2012 at Caol Ila comes this eight year old single malt, matured in a bourbon cask until bottling in 2021. This was released as part of indie bottling range The Cooper's Choice, by The…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 331912) -  The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$82.65

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
$347.35

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)
$72.73

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 157) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

70cl, 50.4%

Splendid Islay single malt from Caol Ila, distilled in 2011. After nine years of maturation in a bourbon cask, it was independently bottled by the folks at Chapter 7, for its Monologue series in…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 157) - Monologue (Chapter 7)
$72.73

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 - Single & Single

70cl, 54.6%

An indie bottling of single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, on the east coast of the Hebridean isle. This whisky was distilled in 2010, and was aged in a single American oak hogshead cask for…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 - Single & Single
$139.19

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
$71.63

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