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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 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)
$90.46

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.)
$63.50

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 457+458) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This 19 year old single malt Caol Ila laughs in the face of chill-filtration! It was drawn from two hogsheads by Signatory, producing 692 bottles of scrumptious Islay whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 457+458) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$77.73

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 10971) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%

An Islay Old Particular here, distilled at Caol Ila in September 1996 and matured in a single refill hogshead cask until December 2015. The outturn was 313 bottles at 51.5% abv.  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 10971) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$107.62

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11208) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.70%

A single cask bottling of 19 year old Caol Ila, distilled in September 1996 and bottled in June 2016. This was aged in a refill hogshead, which was cracked open and drained of the delicious whisky it…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11208) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$113.22

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 19 year old Caol Ila, presented as part of the long-running Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies. The whisky was put into its hogshead by the Islay-based distillery in August 1996…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$95.02

Caol Ila 1980 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 55.60%

Smoky and rich, this is a full-bodied, powerful Caol Ila with notes of Latakia. Distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2011 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Cask 4938.  More info

Caol Ila 1980 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$126.36

Caol Ila 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A teenaged Caol Ila bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their renowned Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$203.31

Caol Ila 1982 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.10%

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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$133.37

Caol Ila 1983 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.90%

Distilled at Caol Ila in 1983 and bottled in 2011 at cask strength by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info

Caol Ila 1983 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$87.88

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

70cl, 54.90%

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)
$133.37

Caol Ila 1984 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.70%

A 25 year old Caol Ila bottled for Berry's Own Selection. This was distilled in 1984 and bottled at cask strength.  More info

Caol Ila 1984 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$100.34

Caol Ila 1984 (Gordon and MacPhail)

35cl, 58.20%

A limited edition sherry finished single malt from Caol Ila, just 280 bottles were released, distilled in 1984 and bottled in October of 2008 by Gordon and MacPhail, a beautifully balanced whisky…  More info

Caol Ila 1984 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caol Ila 1991 (Signatory)

35cl, 43%

A rare half bottle of Caol Ila from Signatory, these are rather hard to come by.  More info

Caol Ila 1991 (Signatory)

Caol Ila 1992 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

Whisky Magazine Recommended, this 13 year old from Caol Ila offers textbook sweet smoke and oily, herbal, medicinal notes. Bottled for the Coopers Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 1992 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Caol Ila 1995 Madeira Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 45%

Distilled at Coal Ila distillery in 1995 and finished in Madeira casks, this Islay single malt was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Private Collection range.  More info

Caol Ila 1995 Madeira Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & Macphail)
$76.99

Caol Ila 1995 Marsala Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

An 11 year old Caol Ila expression from Gordon and MacPhail's Private Collection, this bottling was matured in Marsala casks and is part of an limited release of just 1,200 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 1995 Marsala Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

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
$48.18

Caol Ila 1996 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 59%

Distilled at the Caol Ila distillery in 1996, Gordon and MacPhail matured this in their Elgin-based warehouses in refill sherry casks. The result is a rich, coastal dram, with fruity freshness and…  More info

Caol Ila 1996 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)
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$66.04

Caol Ila 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This 1996 vintage bottling from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice is a veritable exhibition of Caol Ila's character, there is a fruity freshness underpinning phenols and a strong coastal…  More info

Caol Ila 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Caol Ila 1997 Hermitage Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

A beautiful Caol Ila from Gordon and MacPhail. This was distilled in 1997 and it was aged for a decade in bourbon casks before a 30 month finish in Hermitage wine casks (a classic French red made…  More info

Caol Ila 1997 Hermitage Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
$51.62

Caol Ila 1997 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

1997 vintage Caol Ila, bottled as part of Diageo's superb Distillers Edition range. This was finished in Moscatel wine casks, and the result is a nuttier, fruitier whisky. Well worth a try.  More info

Caol Ila 1997 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$51.62

Caol Ila 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This is a sherry-matured Caol Ila from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010.  More info

Caol Ila 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$44.64

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
$60.93

Caol Ila 1999 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A cracking Caol Ila bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 1999 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$55.91

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