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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 24 Year Old – 175th Anniversary

70cl, 52.1%

A limited edition bottling from Islay's much-adored Caol Ila Distillery, released in celebration of its 175th anniversary! This expression takes inspiration from the sunrises seen from the distillery…  More info

Caol Ila 24 Year Old – 175th Anniversary

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 900008-19) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

This smoky Caol Ila single malt has seen quite the maturation! Distilled in 2011, it spent most of its ageing in a bourbon hogshead. Though before it was bottled the whisky was transferred to a…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 900008-19) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 157) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

70cl, 50.4%

Splendid Islay single malt from Caol Ila, distilled in 2011. After nine years of maturation in a bourbon cask, it was independently bottled by the folks at Chapter 7, for its Monologue series in…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 157) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2012 (casks 319465 & 319470) Un-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

You can always count on Signatory to pick out cracking casks, and to choose the perfect time to bottle up the glorious whisky within. Here, they've gone and done it again, with a splendid single malt…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2012 (casks 319465 & 319470) Un-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 2009 (bottled 2021) (cask 318772) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 55.7%

A glorious independently bottled single malt from Caol Ila, brought to us by Berry Bros. & Rudd. This expression was distilled in 2009 and allowed to mature in a single hogshead cask up until 2021,…  More info

Caol Ila 2009 (bottled 2021) (cask  318772) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 - Clanyard (Fable Whisky)

70cl, 57.5%

Distilled at Caol Ila in August 2010, this single malt matured for a decade in a single hogshead. In July 2021, the whisky was bottled up by the story-loving team at independent bottler Fable Whisky.…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 - Clanyard (Fable Whisky)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 Bordeaux Edition - DS Tayman

70cl, 46%

12 year old single malt from Islay's coastal Caol Ila Distillery, which was initially matured in a hogshead cask before enduring a finishing period in a Bordeaux wine barrique. Smoke meets sweet…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 Bordeaux Edition - DS Tayman
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Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 331912) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 55%

Distilled in 2012 at Caol Ila comes this eight year old single malt, matured in a bourbon cask until bottling in 2021. This was released as part of indie bottling range The Cooper's Choice, by The…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 331912) -  The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 (cask 309900) - Auld Goonsy's Malt

70cl, 58.2%

Indie Caol Ila from the Auld Goonsy’s Malt range! Distilled on Islay in May 2008, it rested in a single hogshead cask for 12 years before bottling in September 2020. A limited 291 bottles were…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 (cask 309900) - Auld Goonsy's Malt

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 312837) - The Red Cask Co.

70cl, 59.7%

A cracking single cask bottling from Caol Ila, distilled in August 2010 and matured for 11 years, including time in a first fill sherry cask. In 2021, this single malt was independently bottled by…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2010 (cask 312837) - The Red Cask Co.

Caol Ila 8 Year Old (Release 2) - Concept 8

70cl, 40.8%

This addition to the independently bottled range from Concept 8 was distilled at Caol Ila and matured for eight years before bottling. In fact, the folks at Concept 8 selected eight casks of eight…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old (Release 2) - Concept 8

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2009 (cask 319090) - The Single Malts of Scotland

70cl, 59.8%

Distilled at Caol Ila in October 2009, this single malt spent the next 11 years resting in a single hogshead cask. In March 2021, the cask was opened for indie bottling series The Single Malts of…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2009 (cask 319090) - The Single Malts of Scotland

Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Forgotten Gems

70cl, 50.7%

From the Forgotten Gems independent bottling range comes a 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Caol Ila on the Isle of Islay. This expression has been bottled up at 50.7% ABV, with…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Forgotten Gems

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1980 (cask 14963) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%

Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular is reserved for rather well-aged expressions, and this one from the Caol Ila Distillery certainly fits the bill. It was distilled back in September 1980, and was…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1980 (cask 14963) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol lla Smoking Sherry (cask 233) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 55.5%

Big, bold, single malt from Caol lla! This expression was initially matured in American oak, before being treated to a finishing period in an Olosoro sherry butt resulting in a tremendous balance of…  More info

Caol lla Smoking Sherry (cask 233) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1988 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 51.4%

Well-aged Caol Ila? Yeah, go on then! This is a 31 year old single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, matured in a single refill sherry butt from 1988 to 2020. Following its maturation, Gordon &…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1988 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Caol Ila 2007 The Culprit - Chess Investigation Series (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 46%

A splendid single malt from Caol Ila, released as part of French indie bottler, La Maison du Whisky's Chess Investigation Series! This expression was distilled in 2007 and matured until 2021,…  More info

Caol Ila 2007 The Culprit - Chess Investigation Series (La Maison du Whisky)

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 - Christmas 2021 Edition (GreatDrams)

50cl, 48.2%

Those indie bottling whizzes at GreatDrams are welcoming in Christmas 2021 in style, with their first expression from the Caol Ila Distillery! Distilled back in 2012, this single malt spent eight…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 - Christmas 2021 Edition (GreatDrams)

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (casks 317218 & 317232) Un-Chilfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This single malt was distilled at Caol Ila in December 2011 and filled into a pair of de-charred and re-charred hogsheads, where it remained maturing for nine years. In August 2021, the team at…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (casks 317218 & 317232) Un-Chilfiltered Collection  (Signatory)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 324048 & 324051) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

A wonderful Islay single malt, distilled at Caol Ila in December 2010 and matured in a pair of hogshead casks. After 10 years of maturation, the whisky was bottled in June 2021 by indie bottling…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 324048 & 324051) - Signatory
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Caol Ila 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A charming independently bottled Caol Ila, released by Douglas Laing for its Premier Barrel series in a signature ceramic decanter, adorned with wonderful wordplay. This eight year old single malt…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 13081) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.6%

A stunning bottle of Caol Ila, distilled all the way back in January 1984. After 35 long years, the single malt was bottled in March 2019 from a single refill hogshead, for Douglas Laing's XOP Old…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 13081) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 362139) - James Eadie

70cl, 56.5%

Cask strength Caol Ila from James Eadie, distilled in July 2008 and matured for 13 years. Before bottling in 2021, the whisky spent five months finishing in a single European oak first-fill Palo…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 362139) - James Eadie

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 325887) - The Whisky Cellar

70cl, 56.2%

An intriguing indie bottling of Caol Ila here from the Whisky Cellar. It was distilled in September 2012 and initially aged in a refill hogshead, before moving over to a Madeira wine barrique in 2019…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 325887) - The Whisky Cellar

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2020) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

It's another marvellous Moscatel-cask-finished Caol Ila here from the Distillers Edition series! This particular edition was distilled back in 2008, and bottled in 2020 following the aforementioned…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2020) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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