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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
163
$48.11

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
$95.28

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2013 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 60.9%

The folks at North Star Spirits have bottled up yet another Caol Ila, and it's as brilliant as ever! Distilled in July 2013, this single malt rested in a refill sherry butt before it was bottled in…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2013 - North Star Spirits
$40.93

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
$58.35

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)
5
$49.08

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
$51.18

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)
$110.65

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)
$49.63

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2007 Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 48.3%

Joining the ranks of our Master of Malt single cask bottlings we have some delightful single malt from Caol Ila. It was distilled in 2007 and matured in a refill hogshead for 11 years before being…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2007 Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$76.79

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1999 (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.4%

A cask of Caol Ila is a treat for any indie bottler, and that includes us! This single malt rested in a refill hogshead for 19 years between 1999 and 2019, and finished its days under the watchful…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1999 (Master of Malt)
$204.87

The Apothecary's Notebook 15 Year Old 2007 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 57.2%

This single malt is from Caol Ila Distillery, independently bottled by Wemyss Malts. It was originally distilled on Islay back in 2007 and then matured in a single hogshead cask before it was bottled…  More info

The Apothecary's Notebook 15 Year Old 2007 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)
$112.66

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
$74.74

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 2006 (cask 6441) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

70cl, 56.6%

A sherried, single cask single malt distilled at Caol Ila in 2006. The peated Islay whisky matured for 16 years in a moscatel hogshead before it made its way to the indie bottler Alistair Walker's…  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 2006 (cask 6441) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)
$113.80

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
$107.58

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
$81.91

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
$256.14

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)
$353.48

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
$102.39

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2009 30th Anniversary - Wilson & Morgan

70cl, 55.3%

A cracking cask strength single malt from Caol Ila, released by independent bottler Wilson & Morgan to celebrate its 30th anniversary! Distilled in 2009, the whisky spent a dozen years maturing,…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2009 30th Anniversary - Wilson & Morgan
$118.82

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
$75.07

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)
$190.41

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
$308.32

Caol Ila 17 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 46.6%

If you enjoy your whisky with a good dose of sherry cask influence, then you're in the right place browsing the Darkness range! This single malt from Caol Ila spent 17 years maturing, finishing up in…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
$156.71

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
$129.33

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)
$97.29

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