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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 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
$95.60
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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)
$702.87
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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
$74.34
$68.10
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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
$196.63
$143.45
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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
110
$48.80
$43.60
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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
$53.19
$48.93
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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)
$104.11

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)
$49.12

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)
$103.04

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)
3
$105.38
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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)
$74.49
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Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2008 (cask 311042) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 59.4%

Independently bottled Caol Ila single malt, matured in a hogshead cask for 10 years - from June 2008 to September 2018. Following that, Càrn Mòr came along and bottled it up for the Celebration of…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2008 (cask 311042) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$74.67

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
$494.39

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
$338.72
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Caol Ila 38 Year Old 1980 (cask 12785) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.9%

A 38 year old single malt from Caol Ila, independently bottled by the ever-wonderful Douglas Laing. This one was distilled back in September 1980 and allowed a lengthy rest in a refill hogshead,…  More info

Caol Ila 38 Year Old 1980 (cask 12785) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$692.23

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)
$175.67

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)
$53.64

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)
$98.58
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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)
$62.38

Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength

70cl, 61.6%

This Natural Cask Strength single malt bottling from the Caol Ila distillery is a surprisingly smooth dram. Oily with pungent smoke and malt. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength
7
$213.00

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)
$59.78

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)
$91.53

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)
$91.54

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)
$236.82
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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
$191.64

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