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

70cl, 46%

A single cask Caol Ila, what a treat! After it was distilled in 2010, the Islay whisky was filled into a sherry butt for just under a decade. Langside Distillers bottled it after nine years, with an…  More info

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

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2013 (cask 311895) - The Single Cask

70cl, 59.1%

A youthful, flavour-packed Caol Ila here from The Single Cask! It was distilled back in 2013, and rested in a single ex-bourbon hogshead for the next six years. In 2020, it was bottled up at a…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2013 (cask 311895) - The Single Cask

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 - Sar Obair (Kingsbury)

70cl, 52.8%

Well-matured (and well-presented) single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery here, independently bottled by Kingsbury! Back in 1984, this whisky was distilled on Islay's east coast, and it was aged…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 - Sar Obair (Kingsbury)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1478) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.4%

25 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a single cask which aged the whisky from February 1990 to February 2015. After quarter of a century of maturation, the whisky was bottled for the…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1478) - Mackillop's Choice

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 301410) - The Single Malts of Scotland

70cl, 59.5%

A single malt Scotch whisky from the Caol Ila Distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask for nine years. It was distilled back in January 2011, and left to mature for nearly a decade, before being…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 301410) - The Single Malts of Scotland

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 14396) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Single cask single malt from Islay's cracking Caol Ila Distillery, independently bottled by the ever-wonderful Douglas Laing. It was distilled in 2012 and allowed to age in a refill butt for eight…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2012 (cask 14396) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila Sweet & Smoky (cask 9102) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 54%

This independently bottled Caol Ila from The Cooper's Choice range brings together sweetness and smokiness spectacularly! It was initially aged in American oak, before being moved over to a ruby Port…  More info

Caol Ila Sweet & Smoky (cask 9102) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 42.4%

A single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery on Islay, which was allowed to mature for 30 years! After three decades of rest, the whisky was bottled up by the brilliant Hunter Laing for The Kinship…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
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Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (casks 324050 & 324052) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

From the renowned independent bottler Signatory comes a Caol Ila single malt that was aged in a pair of hogshead casks for nine years – from December 2010 to November 2020. Following that maturation,…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (casks 324050 & 324052) - Signatory

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 (cask 309453) (Adelphi)

70cl, 53.9%

A well-sherried Caol Ila from Adelphi here, distilled in 2008. It spent its 12 years of ageing in a single first-fill sherry hogshead, until it was bottled at cask strength. A release of 272 bottles…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 (cask 309453) (Adelphi)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (Parcel No.2) - Reserve Casks (The Single Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 48%

An indie Caol Ila here, which was aged for a whole decade! Distilled in 2009, the single malt was drawn from five casks in 2020 when it was bottled by The Single Malts of Scotland for the Reserve…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (Parcel No.2)  - Reserve Casks (The Single Malts of Scotland)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 316629) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.2%

Sherried single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery here, which has been independently bottled up by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. It began life back in September 2010, when the whisky…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 316629) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol lla 8 Year Old 2012 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.5%

From the Caol Ila Distillery comes an eight year old single malt, drawn from Oloroso sherry butts that were laid down in 2012. In 2021, the whisky was bottled up by Càrn Mòr for the Strictly Limited…  More info

Caol lla 8 Year Old 2012 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1981 (cask 278) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

A 21 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1981. After over two decades of maturation in a single cask, this one was independently bottled for the First Cask…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1981 (cask 278) - First Cask

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 318769) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 56.1%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 2009 and matured for 10 years. In 2020, it was bottled up by Berry Bros. & Rudd and released as a special celebration bottling honouring the…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 318769) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2009 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 58.2%

From the North Star Spirit selection of indie bottlings comes an 11 year old single malt distilled by Caol Ila on Islay back in 2009! It was drawn from a single first-fill Oloroso sherry butt in…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2009 - North Star Spirits
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Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 316643) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 59.5%

The classic combo of sherry and smoke is what this indie bottling of Coal Ila is all about! This single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in September 2010, and left to age for ten years in a…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2010 (cask 316643) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (cask 354542) - James Eadie

70cl, 56.5%

An 11 year old Caol Ila single malt, independently bottled up by James Eadie! This one was distilled back in 2009 and bottled in 2020 after enjoying a finishing period in a Palo Cortado sherry cask.…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (cask 354542) - James Eadie

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 1839) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 52%

A gloriously coastal and smoky Caol Ila here, bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.! After it was distilled in 2009, the single malt spent its days in American oak before it was transferred to a…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 1839) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2013 (cask 305417) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 55.2%

A fruity, subtly sherried Caol Ila from Hannah Whisky Merhcants, distilled on Islay in March 2013! The single malt was matured in a hogshead for its seven years, though 50 litres were transferred to…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2013 (cask 305417) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

Caol Ila 8 Year Old (casks 321763, 321775 & 316478) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

An indie Caol Ila from James Eadie's Small Batch series! This single malt was distilled on Islay and left to mature in a trio of casks made up of refill and re-charred hogsheads. After eight years it…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old (casks 321763, 321775 & 316478) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2019) (cask 19012) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 52.7%

A sherried Caol Ila, independently bottled by Germany's Malts of Scotland. This expression was distilled in the year 2000, and allowed to age in a sherry hogshead until 2019, when it was bottled up…  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2019) (cask 19012) - Malts of Scotland

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)

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, released as part of the Distillers Edition series. This one was matured from 2006 to 2017, including a finishing period in casks which has previously…  More info

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Caol Ila 9 Year Old - Big Brother (Na Bràithrean)

70cl, 58%

One of two Caol Ila single malts independently bottled by Na Bràithrean. To show off the impact that casks can have on a whisky's flavour profile, Na Bràithrean finds a cask of whisky and divides it…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old - Big Brother (Na Bràithrean)
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