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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 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old
138
$43.44
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Caol Ila 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A wonderfully balanced expression from the core Caol Ila range, this 18 year old is malty and thick with notes of Caol Ila smoke and phenols, a lovely Islay single malt without extreme levels of peat.  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old
17
$88.93

Smoky Scot

70cl, 46%

Smoky Scot is (surprise, surprise!) a heavily peated single malt, produced at the Caol Ila distillery. It was matured in bourbon oak casks for five years before being bottled at 46% ABV by Aceo.…  More info

Smoky Scot
$39.97

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)
$104.34

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2018) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

A fab Caol Ila from the Distillers Edition series, distilled in 2006. Before it was bottled in 2018, it spent a period finishing in casks which previously held Moscatel sherry, so you can imagine the…  More info

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2018) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$76.07

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
$235.45

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)
$521.98

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (casks 321157 & 321160) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

An indie Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky here, aged for a decade in a pair of hogshead casks. Said hoggies were laid down in November 2009 and cracked open in February 2020, and the tasty Islay…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (casks 321157 & 321160) - Signatory
$46.70

Caol Ila Moch

70cl, 43%

Moch is Gaelic for dawn, and this release from Caol Ila is an altogether lighter prospect than the distillery's excellent 12 year old standard expression.  More info

Caol Ila Moch
13
$53.18

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)
2
$92.38

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
$73.90

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%

Delicious single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company after 11 years of maturation. The distillery looks out across the water to the isle of…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$79.33

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)
$51.92

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 900008-19) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

This smoky Caol Ila single malt has seen quite the maturation! Distilled in 2011, it spent most of its ageing in a bourbon hogshead. Though before it was bottled the whisky was transferred to a…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 900008-19) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$64.11

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 631) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

Indie Islay whisky from the excellent Caol Ila distillery, aged in a single cask for 23 years from January 1993 to February 2016. This was bottled by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 631) -  Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$241.82

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 13081) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.6%

A stunning bottle of Caol Ila, distilled all the way back in January 1984. After 35 long years, the single malt was bottled in March 2019 from a single refill hogshead, for Douglas Laing's XOP Old…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 13081) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$710.86

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)
$43.44

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)

70cl, 56.1%

A brilliant single cask Caol Ila, this particular Islay whisky was distilled back in May 1981. It spent its days in a single bourbon hogshead for the best part of four decades, until June 2018 when…  More info

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)
$755.79

Caol Ila 6 Yea Old (cask 315817) - Dràm Mòr

70cl, 59%

Single malt from the east coast of Islay here, independently bottled by Dràm Mòr. This is a 6 year old Caol Ila, bottled at a hefty 59% ABV and with an outturn of 312 bottles. Enjoyably smoky and…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Yea Old (cask 315817) - Dràm Mòr
$81.51

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
$309.93

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 4678) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.4%

A Caol Ila 26 Year Old is not be ignored at the best of times. A single cask, non-chill filtered and cask strength (50.4% ABV) Caol Ila 26 Year Old bottled for the Mackillop's Choice series should…  More info

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 4678) - Mackillop's Choice
$342.55

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.3%

A collectible bottling of 21 year old Caol Ila single malt distilled back in 1977, then released just over two decades later as part of the Rare Malts from Diageo. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts
$924.34

Caol Ila 50 Year Old 1968 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 52.5%

An extraordinary release from Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection, this right here is a 50 year old single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery - the oldest Caol Ila bottled to date. The whisky was…  More info

Caol Ila 50 Year Old 1968 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$8,262.16

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 13741) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.1%

This gloriously well-matured whisky right here is a 40 year old Caol Ila single malt, which has been independently bottled by Douglas Laing as part of its very appropriately-named Xtra Old Particular…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 13741) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,631.20

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1988 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 51.4%

Well-aged Caol Ila? Yeah, go on then! This is a 31 year old single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, matured in a single refill sherry butt from 1988 to 2020. Following its maturation, Gordon &…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1988 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$831.91

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