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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 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 313406) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 57%

This single malt was distilled at Caol Ila in May 2011 and left to mature in a single bourbon hogshead. It was treated to a finish in an Amarone wine cask from Veneta Botti, Veneto, before Hannah…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 313406) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$87.74

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13131) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

50cl, 48.4%

A single malt from the wonderful Caol Ila, distilled in February 2011 and left to rest in a single refill hogshead for eight years. April 2019 came around and Douglas Laing saw it fit to bottle the…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13131) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$53.54

Caol Ila 9 Year Old - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.8%

9 year old single malt Scotch whisky all the way from the east coast of Islay, independently bottled by North Star Spirits. Distilled by Caol Ila back in August 2009, this whisky initially aged in a…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old - North Star Spirits
$64.93

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 321581) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

Here we have an 8 year old Caol Ila single malt, bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for the Cooper's Choice range. The whisky was aged in a single bourbon cask #321581, and was released with an…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 321581) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
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$79.75

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (cask 311713) (Adelphi)

70cl, 55.4%

From the wonderful indie bottler Adelphi comes this single cask Caol Ila. Distilled in 2010, the single malt was left in a bourbon cask for the following nine years, soaking up all those wonderful…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (cask 311713) (Adelphi)
$78.61

Caol Ila 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46%

Peaty deliciousness from Caol Ila here, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The Boutique-y folks have bottled up a 6 year old single malt from the distillery on the east coast of Islay, and it…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$50.12

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (casks 315814 & 315816) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This Caol Ila was distilled on Islay in December 2011, and left to mature in a pair of hogsheads for the following eight years. Eventually, in February 2020, Signatory cracked open the casks and…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (casks 315814 & 315816) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$50.12

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13077) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

An 8 year old Islay single malt here, bottled as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance series. This one came from the coastal Caol Ila Distillery, and was aged in a refill hogshead from February 2011 to…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13077) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$69.49

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2000 - Port Sgioba

70cl, 55.5%

An intriguing Islay single malt, distilled at Caol Ila in November 2000 and then bottled at cask strength in November 2012 at 12 years of age as part of the Port Sgioba range. In Scottish Gaelic,…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2000 - Port Sgioba

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (casks 323500, 323502 & 323518) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

Another wonderful Caol Ila from indie bottler James Eadie, this single malt was distilled in 2010 and then rested in a trio of refill hogsheads for nearly a decade. It was bottled in 2020 after nine…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (casks 323500, 323502 & 323518) - Small Batch (James Eadie)
$46.70

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 59.1%

The yearly Diageo Special Releases always pack some surprises and it's fair to say an unpeated Caol Ila is probably one of them. This single malt Scotch promotes the distillery's lesser-known side as…  More info

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
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$108.26

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.2%

A thoroughly awesome 1979 vintage Caol Ila, which was left in a single hogshead cask for four decades. After 40 long years, in October 2019 Douglas Laing bottled it up for its exceptional Xtra Old…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)
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$1,710.20

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314152, 314165 & 315013) - James Eadie

70cl, 46%

Distilled in 2009, this Caol Ila spent the next nine years of its life in a trio of refill hogshead casks, before it was independently bottled in 2019 by James Eadie for the Small Batch range. 1,100…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314152, 314165 & 315013) - James Eadie
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$46.70

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.5%

A Douglas Laing bottling of Caol Ila single malt matured for over two decades! The whisky was distilled back in 1989 and bottled 21 years later in 2011 with an outturn of only 120 bottles, presented…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1989 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$570.02

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2003 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 55.7%

Indie bottlers Gordon & MacPhail have done it again with this fabulous Caol Ila. It was distilled in 2003 and spent the following 15 years in a single first fill bourbon barrel. In February 2019, the…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2003 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$129.13

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 9736) - Artist #7 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 54.1%

20 year old single malt from the Islay-based distillery, Caol Ila, independently bottled by La Maison du Whisky for the Artist series. It was aged in a single hogshead from 1995 to 2017, then bottled…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 9736) - Artist #7 (La Maison du Whisky)
$313.49

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2006 (casks 311565 & 311569) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.9%

After being distilled in 2006, this Caol Ila was left to mature in a pair of hogsheads for a dozen years. It was then bottled in March 2019 by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. 506 bottles…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2006 (casks 311565 & 311569) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$83.17

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

This smoky single malt was distilled at Caol Ila in 2005 and left to mature in first fill and refill bourbon barrels. Then, the whisky was transferred into Hermitage wine casks where it saw a one…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$84.32

Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 44.9%

A rather special Caol Ila, bottled by Hunter Laing for The 2019 Kinship collection, released to celebrate the opening of the bottler's Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay. The single malt was aged in a…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
$1,824.21

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Claxton's

70cl, 60%

Distilled in 2012 at Caol Ila, this single malt was kept in a single refill hogshead for seven years it was cracked open and independently bottled by Claxton's for The Single Cask series. Only 285…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Claxton's
$99.14

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 68.6%

A wonderfully coastal single malt from Caol Ila, independently bottled by Master of Malt (AKA: us). It was distilled on the isle of Islay in August 2000 and allowed to age in bourbon cask for 17…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$188.07

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 57.3%

Distilled in 1998 and matured in American oak, Moscatel casks and finally old Sherry puncheons, the 2015 Fèis Ìle bottling was bottled at a natural cask strength of 57.3% abv. This bottle was part…  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2015
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Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2016

70cl, 56.2%

This 12 year old Caol Ila was bottled specially for the 2016 Fèis Ìle festival. It spent its maturation in both refill American oak hogsheads and European oak sherry butts, before it was bottled at…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2016

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 (casks 316315 & 316317) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A Signatory bottling of Caol Ila, which was distilled in September 2010. After eight years in a pair of bourbon barrels the indie bottler saw the whisky as fit for bottling, and did so in May 2019.…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 (casks 316315 & 316317) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$50.12

Carpaccio Salsa Verde 1981 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%

Yummy single cask Caol Ila single malt, independently bottled by Wemyss! This was distilled in 1981 and aged in a hogshead until it was bottled in 2017 and bestowed the name Carpaccio Salsa Verde…  More info

Carpaccio Salsa Verde 1981 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)
$399.72

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