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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 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 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9512) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.5%

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)

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)

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1998 Unpeated (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 60.4%

It's not every day you see unpeated Caol Ila, but it's part of Diageo's Special Releases for a reason - it's a bit special, it is. Released for the 2014 collection of Special Releases, this edition…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1998 Unpeated (2014 Special Release)
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$84.82

Caol Ila 16 Year Old (Bladnoch Bottling)

70cl, 59%

Very rare bottle of Caol Ila, bottled at the Bladnoch distillery after sixteen years of maturation.  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old (Bladnoch Bottling)

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 9512) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 16 year old Caol Ila distilled in September 1996 and matured in cask 9512. This Islay whisky was bottled in February 2013 by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask Range.  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 9512) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 1996 (casks 12567+12575) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Punchy Islay smoke from Caol Ila distillery. Bottled from two sherry hogsheads after 16 years, with an outturn of 778 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 1996 (casks 12567+12575) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

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 17 Year Old 1990 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.3%

A Mackillop's Choice Caol Ila 17 Year Old, distilled on 8 February 1990 and bottled in May 2007 at cask strength. It is, of course, non-chill filtered.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1990 - Mackillop's Choice

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 52.5%

From the Murray McDavid Mission series of casks selected by Jim McEwan and bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery. This was distilled at Caol Ila in 1990, matured in bourbon barrels for 17 years and…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

17 year old Caol Ila distilled in March 1990 and aged in claret wine barrel number 4055 before bottling December 2007 for the Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10020) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A Douglas Laing bottling of 17 year old single malt from the particularly talented Islay distillery, Caol Ila. Oh, what a coincidence! I used the word "particularly" and this is an Old Particular…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10020) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10123) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

When Stewart Laing started Hunter Laing after splitting the assets of Douglas Laing with his brother, he continued to produce independent bottlings of fantastic whisky for the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10123) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10229) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Hunter Laing?! What happened to that Douglas fellow who used to have his name on my Old Malt Cask bottles? Well, the Laing brothers have gone their separate ways, with Stewart retaining the popular…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10229) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12559+12570) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this 17 year old Caol Ila single malt. After being distilled in 1996 and maturing in casks 12559 and 12570, it was bottled by Signatory in 2013 with an…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12559+12570) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12569+12571) - Unchillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Un-chillfiltered Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery. This single malt spent 17 years maturing in two casks before it was bottled with an outturn of 782 bottles by Signatory in October 2013.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12569+12571) - Unchillfiltered (Signatory)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 5572+5573) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Do you have problems with chill filtration? Well you're in luck, as Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection doesn't allow it! The range now includes a 16 year old Caol Ila from casks 5572 & 5573.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 5572+5573) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
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Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53.6%

This was distilled at the Caol Ila distilled in 1990, and originally matured in bourbon casks. Then Murray McDavid took it to the Bruichladdich distillery, and reracked it into Chateau Haut Brion…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1991 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

A wonderfully unique Caol Ila, this was distilled in 1991 and initially aged in bourbon barrels. Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich Master Distiller, selected the cask and then transferred the whisky into…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1991 (Murray McDavid)

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 18 Year Old 1994 (cask 9913) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Hunter Laing, the company that Stewart Laing created when the assets of Douglas Laing were split between himself and his brother, retained the excellent Old Malt Cask label. This Caol Ila, is 18…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1994 (cask 9913) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1994 - Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

An 18 year old red wine finished Caol Ila from superb bottler Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1994 - Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10790) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Awesome 18 year old Caol Ila from Douglas Laing's excellent Old Particular range. Distilled in September 1996 and bottled in May 2015.  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10790) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10874) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range continues with an 18 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from September 1996 to September 2014. A wonderful coastal dram, with…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10874) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 18 Years Old 1996 (cask 11407) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A cracking single cask bottling of 18 Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. This Islay single malt was distilled in September 1996 and…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Years Old 1996 (cask 11407) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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