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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 1978 (cask 11548) - WM Cadenhead

70cl, 63.3%

A wonderfully retro bottling of 1978 vintage Caol Ila single malt, bottled by WM Cadenhead (one of Scotland's oldest independent bottlers) at cask strength! This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Caol Ila 1978 (cask 11548) - WM Cadenhead

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1990 (The Syndicate)

70cl, 50.4%

An indie bottling of well-matured single malt from the Caol Ila distillery. This is a 26 year old expression, distilled back in 1990 and bottled 2016 by The Syndicate, producing only 188…  More info

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1990 (The Syndicate)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2006 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 54.6%

Yummy single malt from Caol Ila, independently bottled by Glasgow's North Star Spirits. This one was matured in a refill hogshead for 12 years, before being bottled at cask strength with an outturn…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2006 - North Star Spirits
$80.72

Caol Ila 6 Year Old - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.2%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company have got their hands on another cracking Caol Ila to independently bottle! This time, they've bottled a 6 year old single malt from the distillery on the Isle of Islay,…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$55.95

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 55.9%

Another year and another delicious unpeated Caol Ila at the affordable end of Diageo's Special Releases In fact, this is now the tenth release in the series. At 17 years old, it's the oldest yet too,…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)
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$105.50

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

A Distillers Edition bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period in Moscatel casks to impart more…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$75.33

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

A Hepburn's Choice bottling 8 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a wine cask! This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in 2009 and bottled by Langside in 2017 with an outturn of 438 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$69.46

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)

20cl, 40%

An independent bottling of 18 year old single malt from Islay's excellent Caol Ila distillery, drawn from a pair of cask and bottled at cask strength by The Whisky Lounge folks! 600 of these 20cl…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)
$34.47

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2004 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

An intriguing indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was initially aged in first-fill bourbon and refill American oak casks, before being moved…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2004 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$78.56

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2000 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.5%

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 17 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a single first-fill bourbon barrel. The whisky was laid down in 2000 and bottled in February 2018, with an outturn of just…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2000 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$129.18

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2003 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.7%

14 year old single malt from the Caol Ila distillery on the north-east coast of Islay, aged in a single first-fill bourbon barrel from 2003 to February 2018. Only 212 bottles were released as part of…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2003 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$102.26

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2018) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Independently bottled single malt from the Caol Ila distillery on the Isle of Islay - world renowned for its excellent whiskies and general awesomeness. This was distilled in 2004 and left to age…  More info

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2018) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$52.53

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2018) (cask 18008) - Malts Of Scotland

70cl, 53.4%

An intriguing single cask bottling from Malts of Scotland of 2000 vintage Caol Ila single malt, which has been finished in a cask that previously held Marsala wine. It was bottled at cask strength in…  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2018) (cask 18008) - Malts Of Scotland

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

70cl, 47.2%

6 year old single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, independently bottled for Valinch & Mallet's Peaty Dna Collection. Each of the releases from this series have been finished in a different…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2011 (Koval Rye Cask) - The Peaty Dna Collection (Valinch & Mallet)
$78.78

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 1553) - Whisky is Art (Silver Seal)

70cl, 58.7%

Very well-matured Caol Ila single malt, bottled by Italian indie bottler, Silver Seal. This was distilled back in 1983 and left to age for an impressive 31 years, before being bottled in 2014 as part…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 1553) - Whisky is Art (Silver Seal)
$431.61

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 (casks 318817 & 318818) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

From Signatory's extensive Un-Chillfiltered Collection (which collects whiskies that have been bottled without chill-filtration, clearly) comes an 8 year old Caol Ila single malt. This Islay whisky…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2009 (casks 318817 & 318818) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$49.68

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

It's the 2003 vintage Caol Ila Distillers Edition single malt Scotch whisky, which has been finished in casks which previously held Moscatel wine. It was distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2015 at 43%…  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2012 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

A youthful though heartily sherried Caol Ila, independently bottled by Càrn Mòr as part of the Strictly Limited range. This expression was distilled on Islay in 2012 and left to age in a sherry butt…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2012 -  Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$41.60

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of 7 year old Caol Ila, distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016 after a finishing period in a wine cask - which ought to be very interesting indeed. It was bottled by Langside…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$68.08

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1980 (cask 12074) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.1%

After 37 years of maturation, Douglas Laing deemed this Caol Ila single malt good enough to join the ranks of their Xtra Old Particular bottlings! It was distilled by the Islay-based distillery in…  More info

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1980 (cask 12074) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$439.40

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2006 (casks 306189, 306191 & 306195) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.8%

A trio of first-fill Sherry butts were used to create this Cask Strength bottling of Caol Ila by Gordon & MacPhail. These casks were filled in July 2006 and left to mature for 11 years before being…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2006 (casks 306189, 306191 & 306195) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$61.22

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2017) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Indie Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2004 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2017 as part of the long-running and ever-growing Connoisseurs Choice range. Classic Islay intensity…  More info

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2017) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$49.36

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 13334) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 7 year old single cask Caol Ila, bottled by Hunter Laing for their long-running Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in December 2009 and set aside to mature in a refill…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 13334) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$64.57

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1997 - Sansibar

70cl, 40.2%

Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 1997 and aged in a single Sherry butt. After 19 years of maturation, this Islay whisky was independently bottled by Germany's Sanisbar in collaboration with Spirits…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1997 - Sansibar
$290.60

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 (casks 318823 & 318824) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection on 19th September 2017, this 7 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was distilled on 13th October 2009 at the Caol Ila distillery,…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 (casks 318823 & 318824) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$49.68

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