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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 33 Year Old 1980 (cask 10159) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.80%

A 33 year old (!) Caol Ila matured in a single hogshead and then bottled by those lovely folk over at Douglas Laing in December 2013. Just 136 bottles of this wonderful Islay whisky were produced.  More info

Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 (cask 10159) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
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$361.57

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 457+458) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This 19 year old single malt Caol Ila laughs in the face of chill-filtration! It was drawn from two hogsheads by Signatory, producing 692 bottles of scrumptious Islay whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 457+458) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$86.62

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6493) - (Cask Strength Collection) Signatory

70cl, 54.30%

A 30 year old Caol Ila from Signatory? How delicious! Thank you. What do you mean I only get to write the bottling note, and that I don't get to take all of these home with me? Hmph. Well, I guess I…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6493) - (Cask Strength Collection) Signatory
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$188.78

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12569+12571) - Unchillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Un-chillfiltered Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery. This single malt spent 17 years maturing in two casks before it was bottled with an outturn of 782 bottles by Signatory in October 2013.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12569+12571) - Unchillfiltered (Signatory)
$72.89

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6487) - (Cask Strength Collection) Signatory

70cl, 53%

Single cask single malt whisky from the talented Caol Ila distillery near Port Askaig on Islay, bottled by Signatory. After maturing in a hogshead for 30 years(!), it was bottled for the Cask…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6487) - (Cask Strength Collection) Signatory
$188.78

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10020) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%

A Douglas Laing bottling of 17 year old single malt from the particularly talented Islay distillery, Caol Ila. Oh, what a coincidence! I used the word "particularly" and this is an Old Particular…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10020) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$94.26

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405009) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.70%

With a presentation box almost as gorgeous as the whisky itself, you know you're in for a treat with The Duncan Taylor Single range of independently bottled single cask whiskies. This particular…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405009) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$459.13

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1984 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.20%

Bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask selection, which has reached its 15th anniversary! There's obviously no better way to celebrate this milestone that with some 29 year old Caol…  More info

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1984 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)
$198.93

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2012) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

This is a delicious and very special whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, released as part of Diageo's Distillers Edition range. This was distilled in 2000 and was initially matured in American oak…  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2012) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$71.25

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12559+12570) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this 17 year old Caol Ila single malt. After being distilled in 1996 and maturing in casks 12559 and 12570, it was bottled by Signatory in 2013 with an…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12559+12570) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$72.89

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10123) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

When Stewart Laing started Hunter Laing after splitting the assets of Douglas Laing with his brother, he continued to produce independent bottlings of fantastic whisky for the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10123) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$97.73

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 5572+5573) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Do you have problems with chill filtration? Well you're in luck, as Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection doesn't allow it! The range now includes a 16 year old Caol Ila from casks 5572 & 5573.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 5572+5573) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
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$68.23

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2013 - Triple Matured

70cl, 56.50%

STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER Caol Ila’s limited edition Fèis Ìle festival bottling is a triple matured release of 3,000 bottles. But pray tell, what does ‘Triple Matured’ mean in this case? Well…  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2013 - Triple Matured
$244.94

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6483) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%

A 30 year old Caol Ila distilled in December 1982 and bottled in April 2013 by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Matured in cask 6483, there was an outturn of 270 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6483) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$188.78

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1994 (cask 9913) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Hunter Laing, the company that Stewart Laing created when the assets of Douglas Laing were split between himself and his brother, retained the excellent Old Malt Cask label. This Caol Ila, is 18…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1994 (cask 9913) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$104.34

Caol Ila 2000 (casks 309558+309559) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 61.40%

Matured in two first fill Sherry butts, this 2000 vintage Caol Ila was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in June 2012 as part of their Cask Strength range.  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (casks 309558+309559) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$70.65

Caol Ila 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 1483) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 43%

This is a Caol Ila distilled in 1990 and bottled by independent bottler Mackillops in 2012. The philosophy behind Mackillops is to take the appreciation of wine to whisky, so the whiskies selected…  More info

Caol Ila 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 1483) - Mackillop's Choice

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1477) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

A 23 year old Caol Ila distilled on 8th February 1990 and matured in a single cask before bottling by Montgomerie's in March 2013.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1477) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$180.82

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1984 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.20%

This is a 27 year old, cask-strength Caol Ila from Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum Selection. It was distilled in March 1987 before a single cask maturation (in a sherry hogshead). It was…  More info

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1984 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
$314.19

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 1996 (casks 12567+12575) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Punchy Islay smoke from Caol Ila distillery. Bottled from two sherry hogsheads after 16 years, with an outturn of 778 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 1996 (casks 12567+12575) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$68.23

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6490) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.70%

A 30 year old single cask Caol Ila from Signatory's excellent Cask Strength Collection. Just 253 bottles of this Islay whisky were produced, distilled in December 1982 and bottled in May 2013.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6490) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$188.78

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9512) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.50%

A smoky single malt from Douglas Laing produced at the Caol Ila distillery. Matured in a single cask and selected as part of the Directors' Cut range, 173 bottles were produced.  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9512) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$143.52

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2012

70cl, 60.40%

Caol Ila's Feris Ile 2012 bottling, this is a big bruiser of a whisky, finished in second-fill sherry casks.  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2012
$183.93

Caol Ila 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This is a sherry-matured Caol Ila from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010.  More info

Caol Ila 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$49.75

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2001 (cask 303802) (Adelphi)

70cl, 60.60%

A young and punchy 11 year old single cask peated offering from Caol Ila distillery, bottled by Adelphi in early 2013.  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2001 (cask 303802) (Adelphi)
$73.37

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