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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 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)
$239.49
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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
$306.94

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)
$1,723.14

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
$339.24
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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)
$807.73

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59%

Islay - home to countless gorgeous coastal views, picturesque villages and incredible distilleries, like the fantastic Caol Ila! This is a 34 year old Caol Ila, distilled in 1981 and matured in a…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$638.67

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)
$748.50

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1981 (cask 285) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

Collectible Caol Ila, matured in a single cask for 21 years after being distilled in 1981. Following its rest, it was bottles by the folks from First Cask at 46% ABV. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1981 (cask 285) - First Cask
$425.41

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
$856.19

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (Chorlton Whisky)

70cl, 55.5%

Chorlton Whisky is back with another fabulous bottling! This one was distilled at Caol Ila, and left in a single bourbon hogshead for just over a decade. At 11 years old, it was bottled at 55.5% ABV,…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (Chorlton Whisky)
$69.96

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 (casks 316318 & 316319) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Caol Ila single malt here, drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels that housed the whisky for 8 years. It was independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection, and as such, there…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 (casks 316318 & 316319) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$47.34

Caol Ila 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Douglas Laing's wonderfully retro Premier Barrel series now boasts this Caol Ila! Distilled on Islay, the single malt was then aged for six years before it was independently bottled at 46% ABV in a…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$65.64

Caol Ila 9 Year Old - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.8%

9 year old single malt Scotch whisky all the way from the east coast of Islay, independently bottled by North Star Spirits. Distilled by Caol Ila back in August 2009, this whisky initially aged in a…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old - North Star Spirits
$61.34

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.)
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$75.33

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
$68.87

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)
$82.88

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.5%

A Càrn Mòr Caol Ila! This independent bottling of single malt from the east coast of Islay was distilled back in 2010 and left to age in a single hogshead for 9 years, and then bottled in 2019 for…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$44.11

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)
$97.95

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)
$47.34

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)

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)
$74.26

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)
$50.57

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2000 - Port Sgioba

70cl, 55.5%

An intriguing Islay single malt, distilled at Caol Ila in November 2000 and then bottled at cask strength in November 2012 at 12 years of age as part of the Port Sgioba range. In Scottish Gaelic,…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2000 - Port Sgioba

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)

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)
$55.08

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