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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.

Cl13 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)

50cl, 54.9%

A combination of oak hogsheads and sherry butts are responsible for this release in the Elements of Islay series, distilled over at Caol Ila! Just 1,060 bottles were released at a warming cask…  More info

Cl13 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)
$56.90

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%

Delicious single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company after 11 years of maturation. The distillery looks out across the water to the isle of…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$83.09

Caol Ila 8 Year Old - Wee Brother (Na Bràithrean)

70cl, 60.2%

The Na Bràithrean independent bottling range is rather marvellous indeed, as it shows off the influence that casks have on the flavour profile of whisky. The team does this by selecting a single cask…  More info

Caol Ila  8 Year Old - Wee Brother (Na Bràithrean)
$91.07

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)
$50.07

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13915) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

From Douglas Laing's Provenance range comes an 8 year old Caol Ila single malt, distilled back in December 2011. It was aged in a single refill hogshead until February 2020, when it was bottled up…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13915) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$54.38

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.5%

Single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, matured in a trio of sherry butts for 7 years - from 2012 to 2020. Following that slumber, Càrn Mòr came along and bottled it all up at 47.5% ABV for the…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$47.78

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.3%

A collectible bottling of 21 year old Caol Ila single malt distilled back in 1977, then released just over two decades later as part of the Rare Malts from Diageo. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 43%

Another top release from Douglas Laing's Single Minded bottling series, this Caol Ila was distilled in August 2009. Its decade of ageing was spent entirely in a refill hogshead, until December 2019…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$50.07

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2013 (cask 305417) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 55.2%

A fruity, subtly sherried Caol Ila from Hannah Whisky Merhcants, distilled on Islay in March 2013! The single malt was matured in a hogshead for its seven years, though 50 litres were transferred to…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2013 (cask 305417) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$79.67

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2019) (cask 19012) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 52.7%

A sherried Caol Ila, independently bottled by Germany's Malts of Scotland. This expression was distilled in the year 2000, and allowed to age in a sherry hogshead until 2019, when it was bottled up…  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2019) (cask 19012) - Malts of Scotland
$193.58

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 (cask 301260) (Adelphi)

70cl, 52.5%

A single cask Caol Ila, independently bottled courtesy of Adelphi! The single malt was distilled in 2007 and left to rest for 13 years in a refill bourbon cask. Eventually it was bottled at 52.5% ABV…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 (cask 301260) (Adelphi)
$95.62

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila, distilled on Islay in 2010 before it was left to age in a single refill hogshead. Eight years came and went, until in 2019 the single malt was bottled by Langside for…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$70.57

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13823) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Check this out, it's an unpeated Caol Ila! That's not something you see all too often. It was distilled on Islay in August 2005 and left in a single refill hogshead for 14 years. Douglas Laing…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13823) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$87.65

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)
$69.42

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2007 - Claxton's

70cl, 51.5%

This indie Caol Ila was distilled on Islay in January 2007, and placed in a single bourbon hogshead. A whole 12 years later, the single malt was bottled by Claxton's at 51.5% ABV, with an outturn of…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2007 - Claxton's
$91.07

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)
$73.98

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
$72.84

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Four Grain Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)

70cl, 47.2%

One of four whiskies from the Caol Ila distillery independently bottled by Valinch & mallet as part of The Peaty Dna Collection series - each of which have been finished in a different type of cask…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Four Grain Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)
$79.51

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 1839) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 52%

A gloriously coastal and smoky Caol Ila here, bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.! After it was distilled in 2009, the single malt spent its days in American oak before it was transferred to a…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 1839) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$83.46

Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Chorlton Whisky

70cl, 57.8%

A single cask Islay malt here from Caol Ila! Having rested in a single hogshead for over a decade, Chorlton Whisky bottled it up at 12 years old, with 229 bottles yielded at 57.8% ABV. There's heaps…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Chorlton Whisky
$73.75

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
$324.61

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)
$46.65

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 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, released as part of the Distillers Edition series. This one was matured from 2006 to 2017, including a finishing period in casks which has previously…  More info

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$79.67

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)
$103.59

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