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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 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)

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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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 Hermitage Wood Finish - 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 Hermitage Wood Finish - 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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Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2011 Release)

70cl, 64%

One of the best Unpeated Caol Ila's so far (as of 2011), this is a stunning whisky, distilled in 1999 and aged in first fill ex bourbon American oak casks. Really very good indeed! A release of 6,000…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2011 Release)
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Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10229) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Hunter Laing?! What happened to that Douglas fellow who used to have his name on my Old Malt Cask bottles? Well, the Laing brothers have gone their separate ways, with Stewart retaining the popular…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10229) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of single malt from the Caol Ila distillery on the island of Islay. This 6 year old whisky was distilled in 2008 and set aside to age in a refill Sherry butt until 2015, when…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 59.6%

Named after distillery manager Billy Stitchell who retires this year, this bottling honours his 39 years at Caol Ila, following in the footsteps of four previous generations of his family! The eighth…  More info

Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Release)
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Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10291) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.1%

35 year old Caol Ila single malt, good gosh! Taken from hogshead cask #10291, which lovingly matured the whisky for 35 years, from February 1979 to March 2014. After this, it was bottled by Douglas…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10291) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

CI7 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)

50cl, 58.5%

An Elements of Islay bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from an Islay distillery which you might be able to identify from its "chemical symbol" - Cl. Figured it out yet? Yes, that's that one.…  More info

CI7 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)
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Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 381 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 5 years in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 with an outturn of 381 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 381 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.3%

A Rare Malts bottling of 21 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975. These Rare Malts bottlings are always a good shout for awesome whiskies, whether you're enjoying it or…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5287) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 53.9%

This is an independent bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1983 and bottled at over 30 years old in 2014. It comes to us as part of La Maison du Whisky's 4th edition of their…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5287) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

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