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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 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)
$129.14

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
$165.50

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)
$44.76

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)
$66.02

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

Caol Ila is Islay's biggest producer in terms of volume. By jingo it's good though. Oh yes.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (Old Bottling)
$44.10

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1994 - Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

An 18 year old red wine finished Caol Ila from superb bottler Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1994 - Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$80.18

Caol Ila 24 Year Old 1984 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

A 24 year old single malt from the Caol Ila distillery on Islay and bottled in 2008 by the Vintage Whisky Co. as part of The Coopers Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 24 Year Old 1984 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$265.97

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1990 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.30%

A Mackillop's Choice Caol Ila 17 Year Old, distilled on 8 February 1990 and bottled in May 2007 at cask strength. It is, of course, non-chill filtered.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1990 - Mackillop's Choice

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 9512) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 16 year old Caol Ila distilled in September 1996 and matured in cask 9512. This Islay whisky was bottled in February 2013 by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask Range.  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 9512) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$74.75

Caol Ila 1995 Madeira Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 45%

Distilled at Coal Ila distillery in 1995 and finished in Madeira casks, this Islay single malt was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Private Collection range.  More info

Caol Ila 1995 Madeira Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & Macphail)
$77.19

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1982 Cask 6485 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.10%

This was distilled at Caol Ila on the 14th December 1982 before a 29 year maturation in a single cask (hogshead 6485). It was bottled at natural cask strength in December 2012, and it comes from…  More info

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1982 Cask 6485 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$169.86

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

This is a smoky, rich 21 year old Caol Ila from the Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range. It was aged in a single cask (number 9056) before bottling in 2012.  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
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$63.67

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1981 (cask 3234) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.90%

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 30 year old single cask Caol Ila. This was distilled in 1981 and bottled in early 2012. It's cask strength and non-chill filtered.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1981 (cask 3234) - Mackillop's Choice
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Caol Ila 1998 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

A special Caol Ila and the latest in a line of fantastic whiskies in the Distillers Edition range. The whisky has been double matured, first in American oak casks then a second maturation in casks…  More info

Caol Ila 1998 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$61.10

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1979 (cask 5305) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 58%

A 31 year old Caol Ila distilled on the 2nd May 1979 and aged in cask 5305 before bottling in June of 2010 for the Mackillop's Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1979 (cask 5305) - Mackillop's Choice

Caol Ila 1995 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

A sherry finished distillers edition from the Caol Ila distillery. Distilled in 1996, the Moscatel wine has coalesced beautifully with the smoked power of the Islay single malt, the feinty notes are…  More info

Caol Ila 1995 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$48.31

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 59.40%

A beautiful single cask, 30 year old Caol Ila from Douglas Laing's wonderful Old and Rare Platinum Selection. This was distilled in November 1980, and it was matured in a refill hogshead before…  More info

 Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)
$240.07

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1983 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.80%

This Caol Ila boasts an incredible twenty-nine years of cask ageing and is a stupendous Islay whisky being both smoky and graceful in equal quantities. This whisky was bottled by Duncan Taylor…  More info

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1983 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$208.01

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1999 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

This 12 year old Caol Ila was distilled on the 12th November 1999 and it was aged in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory on the 12th December 2011.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1999 (Signatory)

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This fifteen year old Caol Ila has been bottled by Signatory without chill filtration and is a deliciously peaty Islay single malt!  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$45.20

Lemon Smoke 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%

A delicious 16 year old, 1996 vintage from Wemyss Malts' range of superbly appropriately named whiskies - this is Lemon Smoke... It comes from a secret distillery on Islay - let's just say it's C…  More info

Lemon Smoke 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

This is a 20 year old Caol Ila bottled for the Cooper's Choice series of Scotch whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$63.67

Caol Ila 16 Years Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Caol Ila is near Port Askaig in Islay and this sixteen year old whisky has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. All the whiskies in the Old Malt Cask range are bottled without…  More info

Caol Ila 16 Years Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$76.06

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

This is a nineteen year old Caol Ila from The Cooper's Choice range bottled at 46% abv. Caol Ila is a peated malt whisky with a coastal character.  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$63.67

Caol Ila Distillery Only

70cl, 58.40%

The very rare and very special distillery only bottling from Caol Ila. To get this stuff usually, you have to go all the way to Islay! This was launched at the 2007 Feis Ile, and it has a lovely…  More info

Caol Ila Distillery Only
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$110.17

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