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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
122
$45.77
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Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, released as part of the Distillers Edition series. This one was matured from 2006 to 2017, including a finishing period in casks which has previously…  More info

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$72.85

Caol Ila 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46%

Peaty deliciousness from Caol Ila here, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The Boutique-y folks have bottled up a 6 year old single malt from the distillery on the east coast of Islay, and it…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$45.77

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
$50.93
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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)
$101.82
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Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314152, 314165 & 315013) - James Eadie

70cl, 46%

Distilled in 2009, this Caol Ila spent the next nine years of its life in a trio of refill hogshead casks, before it was independently bottled in 2019 by James Eadie for the Small Batch range. 1,100…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314152, 314165 & 315013) - James Eadie
1
$42.65

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 321581) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

Here we have an 8 year old Caol Ila single malt, bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for the Cooper's Choice range. The whisky was aged in a single bourbon cask #321581, and was released with an…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 321581) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
1
$72.85

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)
$680.81

Smoky Scot

70cl, 46%

Smoky Scot is (surprise, surprise!) a heavily peated single malt, produced at the Caol Ila distillery. It was matured in bourbon oak casks for five years before being bottled at 46% ABV by Aceo.…  More info

Smoky Scot
$38.27

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Claxton's

70cl, 60%

Distilled in 2012 at Caol Ila, this single malt was kept in a single refill hogshead for seven years it was cracked open and independently bottled by Claxton's for The Single Cask series. Only 285…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Claxton's
$90.56

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)
$231.60
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Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%

Delicious single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company after 11 years of maturation. The distillery looks out across the water to the isle of…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$75.98
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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)
4
$103.06

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)
$72.70

Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 44.9%

A rather special Caol Ila, bottled by Hunter Laing for The 2019 Kinship collection, released to celebrate the opening of the bottler's Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay. The single malt was aged in a…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
$1,666.39

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13077) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

An 8 year old Islay single malt here, bottled as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance series. This one came from the coastal Caol Ila Distillery, and was aged in a refill hogshead from February 2011 to…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13077) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$63.48

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2004 (casks 306295 & 306292) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%

A 14 Year Old Caol Ila, independently bottled by Ian Macleod. It was distilled back in November 2004 on Islay and left to mature in a duo of hogsheads. The casks were cracked open in May 2019 and the…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2004 (casks 306295 & 306292) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$94.72

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (cask 311713) (Adelphi)

70cl, 55.4%

From the wonderful indie bottler Adelphi comes this single cask Caol Ila. Distilled in 2010, the single malt was left in a bourbon cask for the following nine years, soaking up all those wonderful…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (cask 311713) (Adelphi)
$71.81

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
$74.94

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.5%

A Douglas Laing bottling of Caol Ila single malt matured for over two decades! The whisky was distilled back in 1989 and bottled 21 years later in 2011 with an outturn of only 120 bottles, presented…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$520.69

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 313406) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 57%

This single malt was distilled at Caol Ila in May 2011 and left to mature in a single bourbon hogshead. It was treated to a finish in an Amarone wine cask from Veneta Botti, Veneto, before Hannah…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 313406) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$80.14

Caol Ila 33 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.6%

Caol Ila single malt matured in a sherry butt for 33 years before being bottled by Hunter Laing in 2017. It was bottled as part of the Kinship Collection, launched to celebrate the construction of…  More info

Caol Ila 33 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
$781.12

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.5%

This right here is the 13th batch of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky to be bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and it was matured for 18 years before the Boutique-y bunch got their mitts on…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$112.43

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
$331.26
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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
$225.49

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