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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 10 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of 10 year old Caol Ila single malt. It was distilled on Islay in 2003 and matured until 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of 738 bottles. We have WM Cadenhead to thank for…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$92.95

Caol Ila 10 Year Old Unpeated Style (2009 Release)

70cl, 65.80%

A punchy cask strength release, it's at 65.8%! This is an unpeated expression from the Caol Ila distillery. They make this stuff but once a year, and is matured in first fill bourbon barrels.  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old Unpeated Style (2009 Release)

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 1999 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

Distilled at Caol Ila on the 15th September 1999 and aged in two hogsheads before bottling on the 8th April 2011. A release of 926 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 1999 (Signatory)
$43.29

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This Caol Ila was distilled on the 18th November 1999, and was aged in hogsheads before bottling on the 2nd June 2011. A release of 936 bottles from Signatory.  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$42.25

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2000 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at Caol Ila on the 9th November 2000 and aged for 11 years in two bourbon barrels before bottling for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection on the 27th April 2912. Each bottle is…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2000 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$44.21

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)
$72.38

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

70cl, 46%

A 12 year old Islay malt from the Caol Ila distillery. This was bottled for the exceptional new Alchemist range.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

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)
$48.35

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 12 year old Caol Ila single cask, with a peaty, spicy flavour. This is part of an outturn of 743 bottles from a refill butt, distilled in September 1995 and bottled in January 2008 by Douglas Laing.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This Caol Ila was aged in two refill hogsheads (casks 5720 and 5721) for 12 years. Distilled in Autumn 1997 and bottled by Douglas Laing in Winter 2009.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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 12 Year Old 1999 Casks 310801 & 310806 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

This 12 year old Caol Ila was distilled on the 18th November 1999 and it was aged in two hogsheads (casks 310804 and 310806) before bottling by Signatory on the 12th December 2011. A release of 887…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1999 Casks 310801 & 310806 (Signatory)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2010 Release)

70cl, 57.60%

2010's Special Release from the Caol Ila distillery. This unpeated version was bottled at cask strength, and it was aged for 12 years in first fill ex-bourbon casks.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2010 Release)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2011 Release)

70cl, 64%

One of the best Unpeated Caol Ila's so far (as of 2011), this is a stunning whisky, distilled in 1999 and aged in first fill ex bourbon American oak casks. Really very good indeed! A release of 6,000…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2011 Release)
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$81.97

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 1996 - Chieftain's Choice (Ian MacLeod)

70cl, 43%

A 13 year old Caol Ila, distilled in October 1996 and aged in casks 91971 and 91974, this was given a finish in Sauternes dessert wine casks before bottling in March 2010. One of just a handful of…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 1996 - Chieftain's Choice (Ian MacLeod)

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 10340) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%

An Islay favourite, Caol Ila make a glorious peated single malt. if you're looking for proof, look no further than this independent bottling of 13 year old Caol Ila, taken from a refill hogshead.…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 10340) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$81.88

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2001 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

13 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled for the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection. This tasty Islay dram was distilled in August 2001 and set aside to mature until…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2001 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$60.06

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1994 Tokaji Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

A Tokaji finished Caol Ila, this was distilled on the 30th September 1994 and matured in three casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in July of 2009. Part of a release of just 492 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1994 Tokaji Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Distilled in September 1996 and aged for 14 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in September 2010 as part of a release of 329 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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)
$49.56

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.40%

Part of WM Cadenhead's Small Batch bottlings range, this Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2015. 576 bottles have been produced.  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 2000 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$70.44

Caol Ila 14 Years Old Unpeated (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 59.30%

This is a 14 year old Caol Ila which has been made from un-peated malted barley - unusual for these Islay Distillers. The whisky has been matured in ex-Sherry casks for a fruity character which still…  More info

Caol Ila 14 Years Old Unpeated (2012 Special Release)
$120.80

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)
$73.23

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)
$141.59

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)
$49.56

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