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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 6 Year Old 2014 (casks 1925785/193/194) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50%

This single malt from Caol Ila was distilled in 2014 and allowed to mature in bourbon barrels, before a 14 month finishing period in Cognac casks! A fabulous juxtaposition of fruity cask influence…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2014 (casks 1925785/193/194) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$61.01

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)
$96.64

Caol Ila 17 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 46.6%

If you enjoy your whisky with a good dose of sherry cask influence, then you're in the right place browsing the Darkness range! This single malt from Caol Ila spent 17 years maturing, finishing up in…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
$155.66

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 312835) - The Red Cask Co.

70cl, 58.7%

A cracking Caol Ila from The Red Cask Co. here, folks! This expression was distilled in 2010 and finished in a first-fill sherry hogshead, before being independently bottled at 11 years of age in…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 312835) - The Red Cask Co.
$97.65

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.)
$98.65

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
$128.46

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
$76.28

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)
$69.16

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
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$32.46

Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 51.8%

This Caol Ila has enjoyed quite the maturation, having been aged for a massive 40 years! It was independently bottled after four decades of rest by Hunter Laing as part of The Kinship range, and was…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
$1,526.54

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (bottled 2020) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at Caol Ila in 2010, this single malt was drawn from a pair of port barrels! Rich notes of plum and dark fruit add a superb balance to the classic Caol Ila peat. Bottled up in 2020 for…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (bottled 2020) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$80.06

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2011 (cask 900056) - Fadandel

70cl, 60%

Independently bottled single malt from Caol Ila, selected by the folks at Fadandel in Denmark! Distilled in 2011, the whisky spent seven years maturing in a first fill Entre Deux Mers wine barrique,…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2011 (cask 900056) - Fadandel
$105.03

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1975 (cask 457) - Signatory Vintage

70cl, 58.1%

A charming older bottling of Caol Ila single malt, distilled back in 1975! The whisky was filled into a single cask, where it remained for the next 26 years, until it was bottled up in January 2001…  More info

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1975 (cask 457) -  Signatory Vintage

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2016 (cask 306088) - Family Series (The Single Cask)

70cl, 57.6%

Independently-bottled, Pedro Ximénez-matured Caol Ila from The Single Cask! Distilled in 2016, this smoky single malt spent five years in a first-fill Pedro Ximénez quarter cask (a quarter of the…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2016 (cask 306088) - Family Series (The Single Cask)

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 15244) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A splendid single cask bottling of single malt from Caol Ila, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. Matured for eight years between May 2013 and November 2021, when it was bottled up for Douglas…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 15244) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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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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)
$68.69

Caol Ila 50 Year Old 1968 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 52.5%

An extraordinary release from Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection, this right here is a 50 year old single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery - the oldest Caol Ila bottled to date. The whisky was…  More info

Caol Ila 50 Year Old 1968 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

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

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)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old - 2000s

70cl, 43%

A charming older bottling of classic Caol Ila 18 Year Old, released in the 2000s. The differences in design are subtle compared to the modern-day release, with the box having changed the most. Ought…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old - 2000s

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

10 year old single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery, which has been independently bottled by Langside as part of the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2010 and left to mature in a pair of…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (casks 303558, 303559 & 312141) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

Indie Caol Ila from James Eadie, distilled in 2011 and rested in a trio of casks (made up of re-charred and refill hogsheads) for nine years. It was bottled for the Small Batch series, with an…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (casks 303558, 303559 & 312141) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 111) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%

Smoke and sherry meet in this excellent indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky! It was distilled in October 2010 and initially matured in hogshead casks, before being moved over to a…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 111) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2007 (cask 307363) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

70cl, 56.8%

Swooping in from Islay, this single malt distilled at Caol Ila joins the Infrequent Flyers series of independent bottlings by Alistair Walker. Matured in a single cask for 14 years between 2007 and…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old  2007 (cask 307363) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

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