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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 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)

20cl, 40%

An independent bottling of 18 year old single malt from Islay's excellent Caol Ila distillery, drawn from a pair of cask and bottled at cask strength by The Whisky Lounge folks! 600 of these 20cl…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)
$33.79

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

Finished in casks the previously held Sassicaia wine, this is a release of 4,100 bottles from Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection. Distilled 10th September 2003, this Caol Ila single malt was…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$51.41

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Another bottling of 2003 vintage delicious Coal Ila single malt Scotch whisky from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$45.65

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

It's the 2003 vintage Caol Ila Distillers Edition single malt Scotch whisky, which has been finished in casks which previously held Moscatel wine. It was distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2015 at 43%…  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$75.55

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1980 (cask 4962) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53%

34 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, bottled as part of the Mackillop's Choice range - an excellent choice, chaps! This Islay single malt was distilled in May 1980 and…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1980 (cask 4962) - Mackillop's Choice

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 57.1%

12 year old Caol Ila single malt, independently bottled by the chaps from Gleann Mór. It was distilled in February 2004 on the Isle of Islay and bottled in July 2016 for the A Rare Find range. 209…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2004 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$66.17

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2011 (cask 11298) - Provenance (Douglas Laing) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 46%

Single cask Caol Ila single malt, matured in a refill hogshead for 5 years. It was distilled by the Islay-based distillery in March 2011 and bottled in September 2016 by Douglas Laing as part of…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2011 (cask 11298) - Provenance (Douglas Laing) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$69.08

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

6 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a wine cask (a 'Tonnellerie wine finished hogshead', according to the label). This was distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016 by Langside as…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$56.85

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1980 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.1%

Very well-aged Caol Ila - whisky enthusiast's ears perk up at just the mere uttering of the phrase! This is a 35 year old Caol Ila, distilled in September 1980 matured in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1980 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$493.53

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2003 (cask 301264) (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.9%

This is a 13 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2016 by the folks from Adelphi. 280 bottles were produced.  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2003 (cask 301264) (Adelphi)
$103.66

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 57.3%

Distilled in 1998 and matured in American oak, Moscatel casks and finally old Sherry puncheons, the 2015 Fèis Ìle bottling was bottled at a natural cask strength of 57.3% abv. This bottle was part…  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2015
$285.97

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1982 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 60.1%

Well-aged Islay single malt here, folks! It's a 34 year old Caol Ila, bottled by WM Cadenhead as part of their Small Batch range. It was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2016 with a small outturn of…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1982 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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$184.60

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2010 (cask 11073) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Coal Ila distillery on the island of Islay, matured in a refill hogshead from December 2010 to March 2016. It has been bottled by Douglas Laing for the…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2010 (cask 11073) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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$47.83

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315331 & 315334) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Dig in to some Islay deliciousness here - it's an indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky! This was distilled in September 2007 and drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels in March 2016 by…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315331 & 315334) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 57.2%

An indie Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, matured in a single bourbon cask for 8 years. It was distilled in April 2006 and bottled in January 2015 with an outturn of 322 bottles, bottled at…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$80.71

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.3%

An 11 year old Caol Ila, bottled by the wonderful chaps at Gordon & MacPhail! This is a blend of whiskies drawn from four casks filled by the outstanding Islay distillery - it was distilled in…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Caol Ila - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.8%

Batch 1 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been launched to mark the team's trip to Fèis Ìle 2013! If you catch them while they're out there, they may even…  More info

Caol Ila - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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The Admiral's Beacon 1980 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%

Ooh, a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1980 vintage Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky! As ever, they've given this independent bottling a rather descriptive title - 'The Admiral's Beacon'. This is a…  More info

The Admiral's Beacon 1980 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)
$283.49

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11208) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.7%

A single cask bottling of 19 year old Caol Ila, distilled in September 1996 and bottled in June 2016. This was aged in a refill hogshead, which was cracked open and drained of the delicious whisky it…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11208) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1983 (cask 5292) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.3%

A single cask Caol Ila single malt, aged in a hogshead cask for 32 years! It was distilled on the isle of Islay in November 1983 and allowed to mature in cask #5292 until January 2016, when Signatory…  More info

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1983 (cask 5292) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 55.5%

Caol Ila's Fèis Ìle 2014 bottling was selected by new distillery manager David Wood (a truly excellent name for anybody in a position to choose casks) who carries on Billy Stitchell's great work.…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014
$254.78

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315329 & 215330) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

From the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection comes a bottle of 8 year old Caol Ila single malt, distilled on the island of Islay in September 2007 and matured in a pair of bourbon barrels. In March…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315329 & 215330) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 2763) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 50.5%

Part of the Artist Collection #5 for La Maison du Whisky, this stunning 30 year old Caol Ila was bottled by Signatory in 2015.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 2763) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 55.1%

Sure to be a favourite of the 2014 Special Releases this is a 30 year old Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 1983 and matured in a mix of refill American and European oak casks. 7,638 bottles were…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)
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$436.74

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)

150cl, 51.2%

One and a half litres of 32 year old Coal Ila! Extraordinary stuff from Hunter Laing's Old & Rare range - matured in a refill hogshead, it was bottled in April 2016.  More info

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)
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