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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 - 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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Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (cask 316648) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 60.1%

A sherried single malt here from Caol Ila, independently bottled up by Signatory. This one was aged in a single refill sherry butt from September 2010 until June 2020, and then bottled up at 9 years…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (cask 316648) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 (cask 14251) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

This Caol Ila was distilled in 2008, and left in a single refill hogshead for over a decade. Douglas Laing bottled it up after the whisky's 12th birthday, and released 338 bottles at 48.4% ABV for…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2008 (cask 14251) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 2007 (bottled 2018) (cask 313715) - Samaroli

70cl, 49%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Caol Ila distillery on the Isle of Islay, distilled back in 2007 and bottled by Samaroli in 2018 at 49% ABV. Samaroli is a fantastic Italian indie bottler releasing…  More info

Caol Ila 2007 (bottled 2018) (cask 313715) - Samaroli

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

70cl, 56.8%

From Gordon & MacPhail's fab Connoisseurs Choice range comes a sherried, smoky single malt from Caol Ila! This expression was distilled in 2005, and 14 years later, it was drawn from a single refill…  More info

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

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13915) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

From Douglas Laing's Provenance range comes an 8 year old Caol Ila single malt, distilled back in December 2011. It was aged in a single refill hogshead until February 2020, when it was bottled up…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13915) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.5%

This right here is the 13th batch of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky to be bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and it was matured for 18 years before the Boutique-y bunch got their mitts on…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - Forest Whisky

70cl, 48%

The folks over at the Forest Distillery have gone and bottled up a marvellous Caol Ila, distilled on Islay in March 2009. Whereas Forest Whisky bottlings are usually well sherried, this was then left…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - Forest Whisky
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Caol Ila 'Earth' 8 Year Old 2010 - Old Particular Elements Collection (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.5%

This single malt was brought into existence in the year 2010 at the Caol Ila distillery. The Islay whisky was left to age in a single refill hogshead for the following eight years, until May 2019…  More info

Caol Ila 'Earth' 8 Year Old 2010 - Old Particular Elements Collection (Douglas Laing)
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Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 449) - Master's Cask (The Worshipful Company of Distillers)

70cl, 53.3%

This wonderful Caol Ila is unpeated! The single malt was distilled on Islay in 1997, and left in a single cask for nearly two decades. It was bottled at 18 years old for The Worshipful Company of…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 449) - Master's Cask (The Worshipful Company of Distillers)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - DS Tayman

70cl, 46%

Indie bottler DS Tayman is inspired by great wines and great whiskies, and the whiskies it bottles are finished in complementary wine casks. For example, this 10 year old Caol Ila, distilled back in…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - DS Tayman
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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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Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Four Grain Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)

70cl, 47.2%

One of four whiskies from the Caol Ila distillery independently bottled by Valinch & mallet as part of The Peaty Dna Collection series - each of which have been finished in a different type of cask…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Four Grain Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 510) - Single Cask Nation

70cl, 59.3%

Wonderful indie bottler Single Cask Nation has gone and found itself a delicious Caol Ila! After distillation in January 2007, the Islay single malt was matured in a single cask (cask #510, if you…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 510) - Single Cask Nation

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (casks 315836 & 315847) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

From Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection indie bottling range comes an 8 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a pair of hogsheads laid down back in December 2011. In April 2020, the Islay…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (casks 315836 & 315847) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13823) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Check this out, it's an unpeated Caol Ila! That's not something you see all too often. It was distilled on Islay in August 2005 and left in a single refill hogshead for 14 years. Douglas Laing…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2005 (cask 13823) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2001 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.6%

This smoky independently bottled Caol Ila was distilled in 2001. The single malt was matured in a single American oak hogshead for 17 years, until April 2019, when Gordon & MacPhail drew the whisky…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2001 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila, distilled on Islay in 2010 before it was left to age in a single refill hogshead. Eight years came and went, until in 2019 the single malt was bottled by Langside for…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2008 (cask 318686) - The Single Cask

70cl, 59.7%

A single cask Caol Ila from The Single Cask! This Islay single malt was distilled back in October 2008, and set aside to mature in a hogshead cask for 11 years, before being bottled up at cask…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2008 (cask 318686) - The Single Cask

Caol Ila 8 Year Old - Wee Brother (Na Bràithrean)

70cl, 60.2%

The Na Bràithrean independent bottling range is rather marvellous indeed, as it shows off the influence that casks have on the flavour profile of whisky. The team does this by selecting a single cask…  More info

Caol Ila  8 Year Old - Wee Brother (Na Bràithrean)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 43%

Another top release from Douglas Laing's Single Minded bottling series, this Caol Ila was distilled in August 2009. Its decade of ageing was spent entirely in a refill hogshead, until December 2019…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

Darkness! Caol Ila 18 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish

50cl, 67.3%

Darkness! has made its way to Islay for a brilliant indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt! This is an 18 year old expression from the distillery on the east coast of the island, which has been…  More info

Darkness! Caol Ila 18 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish

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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Caol Ila 16 Year Old 2002 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Islay single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, bottled by the excellent Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. The whisky was distilled in 2002 and matured for 16 years in four…  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 2002 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.5%

Single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, matured in a trio of sherry butts for 7 years - from 2012 to 2020. Following that slumber, Càrn Mòr came along and bottled it all up at 47.5% ABV for the…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2012 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

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