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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
159
$44.10

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
$56.75
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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)
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$110.37

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)
4
$50.39

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 316480) - James Eadie (Drinks by the Dram Exclusive)

70cl, 57.6%

This right here is a nine year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Caol Ila Distillery on Islay, distilled back in 2011 and aged in a single hogshead cask. It rested until 2021, when James Eadie…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 316480) - James Eadie (Drinks by the Dram Exclusive)
$63.02

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
$316.31

Caol Ila 2010 (bottled 2021) - Small Batch (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%

Delicious Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled up by Berry Bros. & Rudd for its Small Batch series. This edition was distilled in 2010, and matured in hogsheads until 2021, when…  More info

Caol Ila 2010 (bottled 2021) - Small Batch (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$70.95

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (cask 319291) - Artful Dodger

50cl, 59.7%

All the way from Islay's east coast comes a cracking 9 year old Caol Ila single malt! This expression was distilled in 2009, and set aside to age in an ex-bourbon hogshead for almost a decade.…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (cask 319291)  - Artful Dodger
$68.28

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 16) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 51.5%

Single cask single malt Scotch from Caol Ila – always a wonderful thing! The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. picked out a fine expression here, distilled in 2008 and matured for 13 years in a bourbon cask…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old  2008 (cask 16) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$113.47

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
$132.68

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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$75.63

Caol Ila 8 Years Old 2012 (cask 15286) - Provenance Coastal Collection (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Joining the Provenance Coastal Collection from indie bottler Douglas Laing comes this smashing single malt from Caol Ila. Distilled in October 2012, it was filled into a single hogshead, where it…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Years Old 2012 (cask 15286) - Provenance Coastal Collection (Douglas Laing)
$63.02

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 – The Eclipse (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

This right here is a rather snazzy James Eadie indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, matured in three refill hogshead casks from 2010 to 2022. Delicious Islay…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 – The Eclipse (James Eadie)
$52.51

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
$76.77

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)
$99.81

Caol Ila 10 Year Old - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 43%

A smoky single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, independently bottled up by Douglas Laing for the Single Minded series. This one was drawn from a refill hogshead, in which the whisky slumbered…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$45.14

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

From the Hepburn's Choice independent bottling range comes a nine year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Caol Ila back in 2010! It was drawn from a wine cask in 2020, producing 388 bottles,…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$71.43

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 325862) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

70cl, 51.4%

A fabulous single malt from Caol Ila, distilled in 2012 and matured for 8 years in a single bourbon hogshead cask. This was bottled by Chapter 7 for its Monologue series in 2021, with an outturn of…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 325862) - Monologue (Chapter 7)
$69.32

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 - Equinox & Solstice Autumn 2021 Edition

70cl, 48.5%

Single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's wonderful Caol Ila Distillery, independently bottled by Decadent Drinks. This one was drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which matured the whisky for 13 years,…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 - Equinox & Solstice Autumn 2021 Edition
$99.81

Caol Ila 6 Year 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 Year Old (cask 315817) - Dràm Mòr
$78.78

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 322460 & 322468) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

The team at Signatory has a knack for picking out good casks of Caol Ila, and they've done it again here! This expression was distilled in 2010 and matured for a decade in two hogsheads, before being…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 322460 & 322468) - Signatory
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$52.51

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)

70cl, 56.1%

A brilliant single cask Caol Ila, this particular Islay whisky was distilled back in May 1981. It spent its days in a single bourbon hogshead for the best part of four decades, until June 2018 when…  More info

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)
$814.62
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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)
$362.64

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2021) (cask 301633) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%

Single malt from the isle of Islay, distilled specifically by the Caol Ila Distillery on the east coast of the island. This one was matured from 2008 to 2021, before eventually being bottled up by…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2021) (cask 301633) - Samaroli
$316.31

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
8
$33.53

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