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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 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 303644) - The Single Cask

70cl, 54.5%

From the Caol Ila Distillery comes a 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by The Single Cask. This one was distilled on Islay back in February 2008, and it was aged in a…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 303644) - The Single Cask

Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Chorlton Whisky

70cl, 57.7%

An independently bottled single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery, matured in a single hogshead for 12 years. Following that slumber, this expression was bottled up by Chorlton Whisky, with an…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Chorlton Whisky

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 56.5%

Master of Malt Exclusive! That Boutique-y Whisky Company has gone and bottled another cracking Caol Ila single malt, and this time, they bottled it up exclusively for us! It's a 12 year old single…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 1820) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

70cl, 55.2%

Well-sherried single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery here, independently bottled by the fine folks at Alistair Walker for the Infrequent Flyers series. It was distilled in 2008, and eventually…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2008 (cask 1820) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2018) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

A fab Caol Ila from the Distillers Edition series, distilled in 2006. Before it was bottled in 2018, it spent a period finishing in casks which previously held Moscatel sherry, so you can imagine the…  More info

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2018) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%

Delicious single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company after 11 years of maturation. The distillery looks out across the water to the isle of…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2020) (cask 301632) - Samaroli

70cl, 49%

An absolutely cracking Caol Ila from indie bottler Samaroli. Distilled in 2008, this one lay in a single cask until 2020, when it was bottled at cask strength. Alongside the hallmark medicinal notes,…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2020) (cask 301632) - Samaroli

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 - DS Tayman

70cl, 46%

This is the second batch of Caol Ila from DS Tayman, and it doesn't disappoint! Distilled on Islay in 2008, the smoky single malt was finished in Flam wine barrels from Israel before it was bottled.…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 - DS Tayman
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Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 300371) (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.4%

An indie Caol Ila single malt, distilled back in 2013 and allowed to rest in a single cask for 8 years. Following that slumber, this whisky was independently bottled by Adelphi in 2021 at cask…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 300371) (Adelphi)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 56.6%

Another cracking Caol Ila bottling coming your way from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! For batch 19, the team has bottled up a marvellous 12 year old expression, boasting warming smoke and hints of…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 322462 & 322463) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

Beautiful Islay single malt from Caol Ila, distilled in 2010 and rested in a pair of hogshead casts for a decade! In 2021, the whisky was bottled by Signatory for its wonderful range of indie single…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 322462 & 322463) - Signatory

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 316623) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.1%

A single cask bottling of Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a refill sherry butt that was laid down in September 2010. After a decade of maturation, this was bottled in April 2021 by Signatory for its…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 316623) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 14717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A peaty treat here – independently bottled single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery on Islay! This one was aged in a refill hogshead for eight years, from November 2012 to March 2021, when it was…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 14717) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (casks 321157 & 321160) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

An indie Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky here, aged for a decade in a pair of hogshead casks. Said hoggies were laid down in November 2009 and cracked open in February 2020, and the tasty Islay…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (casks 321157 & 321160) - Signatory

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2009 - Clanyard (Fable Whisky)

70cl, 57.5%

This is the first release from independent whisky bottler Fable Whisky, and the team has picked a cracking Caol Ila to lead things off! The whisky was distilled on Islay back in April 2009, and aged…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2009 - Clanyard (Fable Whisky)
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Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 321713 & 321716) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

A 10 year old single malt distilled by Caol Ila, a marvellous distillery on the east coast of Islay. It was matured in a pair of hogshead casks from 2010 to 2021, before eventually being bottled up…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 321713 & 321716) - Signatory

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 160) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

70cl, 52.2%

Tasty Islay whisky from Caol Ila, independently bottled by Chapter 7. This 9 year old expression was distilled back in 2011, and eventually bottled up for the Monologue series with an outturn of just…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 160) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 321713 & 321716) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

Glorious Islay single malt, distilled at Caol Ila in October 2010 and aged for a decade in two hogshead casks. Independently bottled in March 2021 by the fine folks at Signatory.  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (casks 321713 & 321716) - Signatory

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2012 (cask 311196) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 58.3%

An intriguing indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt from Lady of the Glen. It was distilled back in April 2012 and left to age in a hogshead, but before it was bottled in May 2021, it was given a…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2012 (cask 311196) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 316634) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 60.3%

This is an independent bottling of well-sherried single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery on Islay, released as part of the Cask Strength Collection by Signatory. It was distilled back in September…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 316634) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 18211) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 59.3%

Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky here, drawn from a single wine cask after 10 years of maturation - from 2010 to 2020. After that slumber, Hunter Laing bottled the whisky at cask strength for its…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 18211) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 (cask 14) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 53.5%

A single cask bottling of single malt from Caol Ila, a fantastic distillery on the north-east coast of Islay. This whisky was distilled back in 2008, and left to age in a bourbon cask for 12 years,…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 (cask 14) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (Thompson Bros.)

70cl, 52.9%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Caol Ila Distillery, independently bottled by Thompson Bros. Distilled in 2010 and aged for 10 years, only 500 bottles were produced. There is a bright eyed seal on…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (Thompson Bros.)

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

A single cask, sherried Caol Ila! Distilled on Islay in 2010, and filled into a sherry butt for the next nine years. Eventually, Langside bottled it up for the Hepburn's Choice series, with a release…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 13741) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.1%

This gloriously well-matured whisky right here is a 40 year old Caol Ila single malt, which has been independently bottled by Douglas Laing as part of its very appropriately-named Xtra Old Particular…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 13741) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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