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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 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 10971) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%

An Islay Old Particular here, distilled at Caol Ila in September 1996 and matured in a single refill hogshead cask until December 2015. The outturn was 313 bottles at 51.5% abv.  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 10971) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$107.91

Caol Ila - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 55%

Hold the phone, the Paps of Jura? Prince Vuntan?! I know that view! It's the view from the still room at Caol Ila! I recognise this label too, except this one says "Batch 2" on it... [Jake has…  More info

Caol Ila - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$52.86

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
$264.54

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 4213) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 57%

Q. What do you get if you put Coal Ila new make spirit into cask number 4213 (a hogshead) in December 1998 and then get Càrn Mòr to bottle it in August 2015? A. 135 bottles of this whisky!  More info

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 4213) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$229.53

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

70cl, 46%

Distilled in September 2007, this Coal Ila single malt spent over 8 years maturing in two ex-bourbon barrels before begin bottled at 46% in March 2016 for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection.  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315331 & 315334) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$54.01

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whiksy, presented as part of the long-running Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled on the isle of Islay in 2003 and…  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$48.65

Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 55.50%

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
$270.06

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2011 - Bodega Sherry

70cl, 64.30%

A fabulous cask strength release from Caol Ila, this was bottled for the 2011 Feis Ile (Islay Festival). We first tried this in the cold and rain at Caol Ila's blustery distillery day. It was just…  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2011 - Bodega Sherry

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

A 5 year old, independently bottled, quarter-cask-finish Caol ila single malt here, bottled by the folks at Langside for their Hepburn's Choice series. It was distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2015…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$56.12

Caol Ila Moch - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%

A nice gift set including a bottle of Caol Ila Moch, 2x Classic Malts tasting glasses and a recipe book (in French).  More info

Caol Ila Moch - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$49.30

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 59.30%

Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky matured for 12 years in a single refill hogshead. Distilled in April 2003, it was bottled in September 2015 by Gleann Mór at a hearty 59.3% abv!  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$82.67

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

Single malt from Islay distilled in 2008 and matured in two hogshead casks and bottled in 2016 by Càrn Mòr. The outturn was 760 bottles of peaty whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$40.08

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 19 year old Caol Ila, presented as part of the long-running Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies. The whisky was put into its hogshead by the Islay-based distillery in August 1996…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$95.27

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 60.10%

Cask strength Caol Ila, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail! This 10 year old Islay single malt was distilled in December 2004 and bottled at 60.1% ABV in February 2015. It was drawn from four casks, which…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$65.16

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5291) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.40%

Coal Ila single malt whisky matured in a single hogshead for over three decades! Bottled by Signatory on 3rd November 2015, it was distilled on 8th November 1983 (making it near-as-damn-it a 32 year…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5291) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$278.15

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1484) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.90%

Lorne Mackillop chooses the expressions that become part of the Mackillop's Choice range, and they're all absolutely top notch drams. Distilled at the Islay distillery in 1990, this Caol Ila has been…  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1484) - Mackillop's Choice
$121.69

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1482) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

Islay whiskies are very popular these days, and with bottles like this 23 year old Caol Ila being incredibly tasty, we're not surprised! This bottling comes from Montgomerie's Rare Select collection.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1482) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$153.80

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1998 Unpeated (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 60.40%

It's not every day you see unpeated Caol Ila, but it's part of Diageo's Special Releases for a reason - it's a bit special, it is. Released for the 2014 collection of Special Releases, this edition…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1998 Unpeated (2014 Special Release)
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$88.13

Cobbler's Hearth 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%

An indie Islay single malt here from Wemyss Malt - this is a 1997 vintage Caol Ila, matured in a hogshead until 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 340 bottles, presented at 46% ABV. This has…  More info

Cobbler's Hearth 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)
$91.33

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10870) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%

Malt whisky distilled at the Islay distillery Coal Ila in January 1995, matured in a single refill hogshead for two decades, and then bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2015. The outturn was 282…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10870) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$115.42

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 4842) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 54.80%

Fancy some well-aged Caol Ila? Well Gleann Mór have just the thing for that hankering with this independently bottled Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 30 years! It was…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 4842) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$385.79

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

An independently bottled Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in 2 bourbon barrels and bottled without chill filtration or additional colouring. It was distilled on the island of Islay in 2006…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$64.85

Caol Ila 14 Years Old Unpeated (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 59.30%

This is a 14 year old Caol Ila which has been made from un-peated malted barley - unusual for these Islay Distillers. The whisky has been matured in ex-Sherry casks for a fruity character which still…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Years Old Unpeated (2012 Special Release)
$110.17

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.40%

Part of WM Cadenhead's Small Batch bottlings range, this Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2015. 576 bottles have been produced.  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$64.24

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10790) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%

Awesome 18 year old Caol Ila from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range. Distilled in September 1996 and bottled in May 2015.  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10790) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$93.91

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