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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 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)
$81.34

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)
$285.70

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
$256.76

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 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)
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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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$440.14

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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Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 59.8%

12 year old Caol Ila single malt, bottled as part of our very own Single Cask Series! It was drawn from a refill Sherry cask which was filled in April 2003 and opened in September 2015, and has been…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$68.07

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1981 (casks 5671 & 5672) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

A 28 year old Caol Ila, drawn from a pair of casks and bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for The Coopers Choice range. This was distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2010 - a release of 600 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1981 (casks 5671 & 5672) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15061) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 54.8%

This bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky comes to us via German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. It was allowed to age in a single bourbon hogshead from 2000 to 2015, before being bottled…  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15061) - Malts of Scotland

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5298) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%

A Signatory bottling of cask strength Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead for 31 years. It was distilled by the Islay distillery in November 1983 and bottled in February…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5298) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.6%

Well aged Caol Ila, anyone? Oh yes, this is a single cask bottling of 25 year old single malt from the legendary Islay distillery, presented as part of the Xtra Old Particular range by Douglas Laing.…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.2%

A stunning single cask Caol Ila single malt, matured in a refill hogshead from January 1984 to October 2014. It was bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old & Rare Platinum range, with an outturn of 246…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old  1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

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

70cl, 51.5%

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)

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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$50.25

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)

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)

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)

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2011 - Bodega Sherry

70cl, 64.3%

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)
$53.36

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