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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
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$42.40
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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
17
$86.81

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2018) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

A fab Caol Ila from the Distillers Edition series, distilled in 2006. Before it was bottled in 2018, it spent a period finishing in casks which previously held Moscatel sherry, so you can imagine the…  More info

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2018) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$74.25

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
$39.02

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (casks 323500, 323502 & 323518) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

Another wonderful Caol Ila from indie bottler James Eadie, this single malt was distilled in 2010 and then rested in a trio of refill hogsheads for nearly a decade. It was bottled in 2020 after nine…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (casks 323500, 323502 & 323518) - Small Batch (James Eadie)
$43.47

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - Forest Whisky

70cl, 48%

The folks over at the Forest Distillery have gone and bottled up a marvellous Caol Ila, distilled on Islay in March 2009. Whereas Forest Whisky bottlings are usually well sherried, this was then left…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - Forest Whisky
2
$82.74

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)
$77.43

Caol Ila 9 Year Old - Big Brother (Na Bràithrean)

70cl, 58%

One of two Caol Ila single malts independently bottled by Na Bràithrean. To show off the impact that casks can have on a whisky's flavour profile, Na Bràithrean finds a cask of whisky and divides it…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old - Big Brother (Na Bràithrean)
2
$90.17

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
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$51.91
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Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (casks 321157 & 321160) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

An indie Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky here, aged for a decade in a pair of hogshead casks. Said hoggies were laid down in November 2009 and cracked open in February 2020, and the tasty Islay…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (casks 321157 & 321160) - Signatory
$45.59

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 449) - Master's Cask (The Worshipful Company of Distillers)

70cl, 53.3%

This wonderful Caol Ila is unpeated! The single malt was distilled on Islay in 1997, and left in a single cask for nearly two decades. It was bottled at 18 years old for The Worshipful Company of…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 449) - Master's Cask (The Worshipful Company of Distillers)
$166.15

Caol Ila 'Earth' 8 Year Old 2010 - Old Particular Elements Collection (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.5%

This single malt was brought into existence in the year 2010 at the Caol Ila distillery. The Islay whisky was left to age in a single refill hogshead for the following eight years, until May 2019…  More info

Caol Ila 'Earth' 8 Year Old 2010 - Old Particular Elements Collection (Douglas Laing)
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$78.50

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
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$76.38

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)
$236.04

Caol Ila 2007 (bottled 2018) (cask 313715) - Samaroli

70cl, 49%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Caol Ila distillery on the Isle of Islay, distilled back in 2007 and bottled by Samaroli in 2018 at 49% ABV. Samaroli is a fantastic Italian indie bottler releasing…  More info

Caol Ila 2007 (bottled 2018) (cask 313715) - Samaroli
$302.52

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13823) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Check this out, it's an unpeated Caol Ila! That's not something you see all too often. It was distilled on Islay in August 2005 and left in a single refill hogshead for 14 years. Douglas Laing…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13823) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$81.69

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)
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$51.96

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 900008-19) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

This smoky Caol Ila single malt has seen quite the maturation! Distilled in 2011, it spent most of its ageing in a bourbon hogshead. Though before it was bottled the whisky was transferred to a…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 900008-19) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$62.58

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)
$74.10

Caol Ila 6 Yea Old (cask 315817) - Dràm Mòr

70cl, 59%

Single malt from the east coast of Islay here, independently bottled by Dràm Mòr. This is a 6 year old Caol Ila, bottled at a hefty 59% ABV and with an outturn of 312 bottles. Enjoyably smoky and…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Yea Old (cask 315817) - Dràm Mòr
$79.56

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)
$693.87

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
$334.36

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.3%

A collectible bottling of 21 year old Caol Ila single malt distilled back in 1977, then released just over two decades later as part of the Rare Malts from Diageo. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts
$902.25

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.3%

A Rare Malts bottling of 21 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975. These Rare Malts bottlings are always a good shout for awesome whiskies, whether you're enjoying it or…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
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$902.25

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

75cl, 61.2%

This is a Rare malts bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1975 and set aside to mature for 20 years before bottling. Rare Malts was a series of releases from…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
$843.87

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