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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 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
$46.87

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

70cl, 59.3%

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)

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)

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

70cl, 60.1%

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

70cl, 49.4%

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)
$264.46

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

70cl, 55.9%

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

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)

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

70cl, 60.4%

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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$83.79

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)
$86.84

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

70cl, 51.5%

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)

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)

Caol Ila 14 Years Old Unpeated (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 59.3%

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)
$104.74

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

70cl, 54.4%

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)

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

70cl, 48.4%

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)

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2014) "Young & Feisty" (casks 10423 & 10447) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

"Young & feisty" single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, presented as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This Islay whisky was distilled in the autumn of 2008 and matured in two refill…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2014)

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2013) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Part of Diageo's Distillers Edition range comes a 2001 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from Caol Ila, which has been matured in American oak and finished in Moscatel wine casks. A limited edition…  More info

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2013) Moscatel Cask Finish  - Distillers Edition
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$64.80

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 406258) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 52.6%

Only 62 bottles of this well-Sherried 31 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky were produced as part of Duncan Taylor's Single range. The single cask which held the whisky was filled in May…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 406258) - The Duncan Taylor Single
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Caol Ila 18 Years Old 1996 (cask 11407) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A cracking single cask bottling of 18 Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. This Islay single malt was distilled in September 1996 and…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Years Old 1996 (cask 11407) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila "Young & Feisty" (casks 10178+10179) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This is a youthful, small-batch bottling of Caol Ila from the Provenance range, bottled in Winter 2012 without an age statement. It was described by the bottlers as "Young and Feisty".  More info

Caol Ila

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10428) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.7%

Part of Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, which was introduced in 2014, this Caol Ila certainly fits the bill of being well-matured, sitting at a cool 30 years old. It was distilled in…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10428) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of 10 year old Caol Ila single malt. It was distilled on Islay in 2003 and matured until 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of 738 bottles. We have WM Cadenhead to thank for…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.6%

Fancy some cask strength Caol Ila single malt? Well lucky you, we've got some right here, bottled by the one and only Gordon & MacPhail! This is a 12 year old Caol Ila, distilled in September 2003…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2001 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

13 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled for the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection. This tasty Islay dram was distilled in August 2001 and set aside to mature until…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2001 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5300) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.7%

Cask strength Caol Ila! Yum! This is a Signatory bottling of single malt from one of Islay's most well-known and well-loved distilleries, which was matured in a single hogshead for 31 years. It was…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5300) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A 2001 vintage Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the fine folks at Gordon & MacPhail. A fab Islay dram, matured in first fill bourbon barrels and bottled as part of Gordon…  More info

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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