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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
124
$48.13
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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
16
$89.55
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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
$40.25

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)
$107.05
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Darkness! Caol Ila 18 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish

50cl, 67.3%

Darkness! has made its way to Islay for a brilliant indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt! This is an 18 year old expression from the distillery on the east coast of the island, which has been…  More info

Darkness! Caol Ila 18 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish
$211.28

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 2002 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Islay single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, bottled by the excellent Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. The whisky was distilled in 2002 and matured for 16 years in four…  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 2002 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$97.41

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2004 (casks 306295 & 306297) - 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 & 306297) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$99.59

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314161, 322888 & 322890) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila, distilled back in 2009. It spent its days in a trio of refill hogsheads, until 2019 when the casks were cracked open. The single malt was bottled by James Eadie for the…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314161, 322888 & 322890) - Small Batch (James Eadie)
$44.85

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 348034 & 348038) - James Eadie

70cl, 56.7%

An indie Caol Ila, this single malt was distilled in 2009 before it was aged for nine years. The final six months of its maturation were spent in first-fill European oak Palo Cortado sherry…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 348034 & 348038) - James Eadie
$70.02

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13131) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

50cl, 48.4%

A single malt from the wonderful Caol Ila, distilled in February 2011 and left to rest in a single refill hogshead for eight years. April 2019 came around and Douglas Laing saw it fit to bottle the…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13131) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$51.42

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
$237.09

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)
$118.21

Caol Ila 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 8 Year Old 2010 - Old Particular Elements Collection (Douglas Laing)
$80.98

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila, distilled on Islay in 2010 before it was left to age in a single refill hogshead. Eight years came and went, until in 2019 the single malt was bottled by Langside for…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$67.84

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)
$64.56

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 4821) - Milano Whisky Festival 2011 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 50%

27 year old single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, which was independently bottled by Bladnoch Forum for the Milano Whisky Festival 2011. The whisky was distilled back in October 1983 and left…  More info

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 4821) - Milano Whisky Festival 2011 (Bladnoch)
$328.50

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)
$243.50
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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)
$79.88
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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)
$1,752

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
$312.08

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
$348.28
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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)
$76.44

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)
$821.25

Undisclosed 6 Year Old 2009 (Single Cask Nation)

75cl, 57.9%

A single cask bottling from the Jewish Whisky Company for its Single Cask Nation series. Released as an undisclosed Islay expression, we now know the liquid is from Caol Ila, was distilled in 2009,…  More info

Undisclosed 6 Year Old 2009 (Single Cask Nation)
$98.50

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2001 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.6%

This smoky independently bottled Caol Ila was distilled in 2001. The single malt was matured in a single American oak hogshead for 17 years, until April 2019, when Gordon & MacPhail drew the whisky…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2001 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$133.54

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