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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 2000 (casks 309558+309559) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 61.40%

Matured in two first fill Sherry butts, this 2000 vintage Caol Ila was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in June 2012 as part of their Cask Strength range.  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (casks 309558+309559) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
2
$63.57

Caol Ila 2000 - Berry's Best (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%

A 2000 vintage Caol Ila, bottled by the renowned wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info

Caol Ila 2000 - Berry's Best (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2013) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Part of Diageo's Distillers Edition range comes a 2001 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from Caol Ila, which has been matured in American oak and finished in Moscatel wine casks. A limited edition…  More info

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2013) Moscatel Cask Finish  - Distillers Edition
15
$68.16

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A 2001 vintage Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the fine folks at Gordon & MacPhail. A fab Islay dram, matured in first fill bourbon barrels and bottled as part of Gordon…  More info

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$46.57

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

A Distillers Edition bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period in Moscatel casks to impart more…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$67.64

Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 55.50%

Caol Ila's Fèis Ìle 2014 bottling was selected by new distillery manager David Wood (a truly excellent name for anybody in a position to choose casks) who carries on Billy Stitchell's great work.…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014
$270.06

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whiksy, presented as part of the long-running Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled on the isle of Islay in 2003 and…  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$48.65

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2014) "Young & Feisty" (casks 10423 & 10447) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

"Young & feisty" single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, presented as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This Islay whisky was distilled in the autumn of 2008 and matured in two refill…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2014)
$51.08

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.30%

A Rare Malts bottling of 21 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975. These Rare Malts bottlings are always a good shout for awesome whiskies, whether you're enjoying it or…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
$416.25

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.)
2
$63.67

Caol Ila 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 1483) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 43%

This is a Caol Ila distilled in 1990 and bottled by independent bottler Mackillops in 2012. The philosophy behind Mackillops is to take the appreciation of wine to whisky, so the whiskies selected…  More info

Caol Ila 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 1483) - Mackillop's Choice

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1984 (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.30%

Distilled at Caol Ila in 1984 and aged for 23 years in cask number 6262 before bottling by Adelphi in 2008 as part of a release of 232 cask strength bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1984 (Adelphi)

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1477) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

A 23 year old Caol Ila distilled on 8th February 1990 and matured in a single cask before bottling by Montgomerie's in March 2013.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1477) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$162.69

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1482) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

Islay whiskies are very popular these days, and with bottles like this 23 year old Caol Ila being incredibly tasty, we're not surprised! This bottling comes from Montgomerie's Rare Select collection.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1482) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$153.80

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1484) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.90%

Lorne Mackillop chooses the expressions that become part of the Mackillop's Choice range, and they're all absolutely top notch drams. Distilled at the Islay distillery in 1990, this Caol Ila has been…  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1484) - Mackillop's Choice
$121.69

Caol Ila 24 Year Old 1984 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 55%

A single cask Caol Ila, distilled on the 13th November 1984 and matured in hogshead 5381 before bottling by the Bladnoch forum on the 10th July 2009. A release of just 290 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 24 Year Old 1984 (Bladnoch)

Caol Ila 24 Year Old 1984 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

A 24 year old single malt from the Caol Ila distillery on Islay and bottled in 2008 by the Vintage Whisky Co. as part of The Coopers Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 24 Year Old 1984 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$265.97

Caol Ila 25 Year Old

70cl, 59.40%

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
$153.21

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1978

70cl, 59%

The oldest official bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, this 25 year old Islay single malt was released as one of just 6,000 bottles, distilled in 1978 and bottled in 2003 at cask strength.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1978

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.60%

A limited edition, cask strength single cask from Duncan Taylor. This was distilled at Caol Ila in December 1984, and aged for 25 years in cask 6270 before bottling in May 2010 as part of a release…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 3636 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50.90%

25 year old, single cask Caol Ila! This was distilled on the 16th May 1984 and matured for 25 years in hogshead number 3636. Bottled by Signatory at cask strength on the 23rd July 2009, a release of…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 3636 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 3637 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.70%

A single cask from Signatory. This is the next cask after the excellent previous edition (cask 3636). This was distilled on the 16th May 1984 and aged for 25 years in cask 3637 (a hogshead) before…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 3637 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 5387 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 54.30%

Distilled at Caol Ila on the 13th November and matured in cask number 5387 for 25 years before bottling by Bladnoch on the 23rd March 2010. A release of 263 numbered bottles at cask strength.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 5387 (Bladnoch)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 5388 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 54.10%

A single cask from the Caol Ila distillery. This was distilled on the 13th November 1984 and aged for 25 years in hogshead number 5388 before bottling for the Bladnoch Forum on the 19th March 2010. A…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 5388 (Bladnoch)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 5390 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 52.40%

Distilled at Caol Ila on the 13th November 1984, this was aged for 25 years in hogshead 5390 before bottling on the 8th July 2010 for the Bladnoch distillery forum. Natural cask strength and no added…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 5390 (Bladnoch)
$93.63

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