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

70cl, 57.1%

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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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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$61.28

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

70cl, 56.9%

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
$58.80

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
$46.49

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

70cl, 59.4%

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)

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

70cl, 53.8%

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)

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)

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.)
$61.28

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)

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.)
$61.28

Caol Ila Distillery Only

70cl, 58.4%

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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$106.02

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This is a fourteen year old Caol Ila bottled without chill-filtration by Signatory to maintain flavour and texture.  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Caol Ila 1983 (cask 4825) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.9%

From Berry's whisky selection comes this single cask Caol Ila distilled in 1983 and aged for 28 years in cask 4825 before bottling in 2011.  More info

Caol Ila 1983 (cask 4825) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$128.69

Caol Ila "Young & Feisty" - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A small batch bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, aged for just a few years in a pair of refill hogsheads. This was bottled in Winter 2012 by Douglas Laing, who declare it to be "young and feisty"!  More info

Caol Ila

Wemyss Smokehouse 1996 (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%

A very peaty Caol Ila from Wemyss Malts, who favour evocative names for their releases, this being no exception. Smokiness abounds and this is a great dram for those in search of phenolic excellence.  More info

Wemyss Smokehouse 1996 (Caol Ila)
$57.70

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 (Celtic Heartlands)

70cl, 51.9%

A single cask, cask strength Caol Ila aged for a whopping 30 years. Chosen by Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan and bottled as part of his Celtic Heartland's range.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 (Celtic Heartlands)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1991 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 56.1%

A single cask from Caol Ila, bottled by Speciality Drinks. This was distilled on the 11th January 1991 and aged for 18 years in a hogshead (cask 194/200) before bottling on the 20th April 2009 at…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1991 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$61.93

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

An old, rich Caol Ila, distilled in September 1980 and aged for 30 years in a refill hogshead. This was bottled in May of 2011 for the Old Malt Cask range. Just 270 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A fifteen year old Caol Ila from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask Series. Smoky, sooty, medicinal, everything we want from a Caol Ila. The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 1982 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.1%

A single cask Caol Ila, bottled by the world-famous London wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was distilled in 1982 and aged in cask 6510 for 29 years before bottling in 2011,…  More info

Caol Ila 1982 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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$128.69

Caol Ila 25 Year Old

70cl, 59.4%

A cask strength expression from the Caol Ila distillery, this 25 year old bottling was matured in refill American and European oak casks and it exudes oily, peaty notes with balancing sweetness.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old
$147.44

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