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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 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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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 Wood 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 Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

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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$49.13

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)

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
$57.99

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)

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts 20cl

20cl, 61.1%

An incredible high strength Caol Ila, especially when considering the age! This was distilled in 1975, and was bottled for Diageo's Rare Malts series. These old Rare Malts are well worth a try, as…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts 20cl

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

This is a 20 year old Caol Ila bottled for the Cooper's Choice series of Scotch whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$60.44

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10870) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%

Malt whisky distilled at the Islay distillery Coal Ila in January 1995, matured in a single refill hogshead for two decades, and then bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2015. The outturn was 282…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10870) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11498) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%

A 20 year old bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Caol Ila distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was distilled in September 1996 and allowed to age in refill hogshead #11498…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11498) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$109.25

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2012) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

This is a delicious and very special whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, released as part of Diageo's Distillers Edition range. This was distilled in 2000 and was initially matured in American oak…  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2012) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$60.85

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15061) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 54.8%

This bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky comes to us via German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. It was allowed to age in a single bourbon hogshead from 2000 to 2015, before being bottled…  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15061) - Malts of Scotland

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

70cl, 61.4%

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)
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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
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$64.69

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)
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Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 55.5%

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
$256.33

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)

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

It's the 2003 vintage Caol Ila Distillers Edition single malt Scotch whisky, which has been finished in casks which previously held Moscatel wine. It was distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2015 at 43%…  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$76.01

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Another bottling of 2003 vintage delicious Coal Ila single malt Scotch whisky from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$45.92

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)

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.3%

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
$395.09

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.)
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$60.44

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

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