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

70cl, 55.9%

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

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.)
$250.92

Caol Ila 25 Year Old

70cl, 59.4%

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
$144.54

Caol Ila 25 Year Old (43%)

70cl, 43%

25 year old malt from Islay's most prolific distillery - Caol Ila. Sweet Smooth, and very 'sherbet-lemony'. Only a hint of Smoke, and just superb.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old (43%)
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$163.98

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 (cask 5390) (Bladnoch)

70cl, 52.4%

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)
$88.34

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

70cl, 54.6%

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, 50.9%

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, 53.7%

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, 54.3%

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, 54.1%

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 5391 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 52%

Distilled on the 13th November 1984 and aged for 25 years in hogshead number 5391 before bottling on the 11th July 2010 for the Bladnoch forum. A release of 212 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 5391 (Bladnoch)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 6256 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 44.8%

An oily, smoky caol ils distilled in December 1984 and aged in hogshead 6256 for 25 years before bottling in September 2010. A release of 194 bottles at natural cask strength.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 6256 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.6%

Well aged Caol Ila, anyone? Oh yes, this is a single cask bottling of 25 year old single malt from the legendary Islay distillery, presented as part of the Xtra Old Particular range by Douglas Laing.…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 4213) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 57%

Q. What do you get if you put Coal Ila new make spirit into cask number 4213 (a hogshead) in December 1998 and then get Càrn Mòr to bottle it in August 2015? A. 135 bottles of this whisky!  More info

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 4213) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1982 (Adelphi)

35cl, 57.6%

Stunning presentation, this is a 27 year old Caol Ila, bottled by Adelphi in 2009. This is a cask strength release of 227 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1982 (Adelphi)

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 5283 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 59.7%

This was distilled at the Caol Ila distillery on the 8th November 2011 and aged for 27 years in hogshead 5283 before bottling on the 2nd February 2011. A release of 243 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 5283 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 5284 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.9%

This was distilled at Caol Ila on the 8th November 1983 and it was aged in hogshead number 5284 before it was bottled by Signatory on the 12th July 2011. This is a cask strength release of 254…  More info

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 5284 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1984 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.2%

This is a 27 year old, cask-strength Caol Ila from Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum Selection. It was distilled in March 1987 before a single cask maturation (in a sherry hogshead). It was…  More info

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1984 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1980 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 55.2%

Single cask Caol Ila, bottled for the Bladnoch Forum. This release of just 170 bottles was matured in hogshead no. 8154 for 28 years!  More info

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1980 (Bladnoch)

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1980 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 55.4%

Aged in bourbon and finished in first growth Sauternes casks from Chateau Climens. This was bottled as a release of 1,189 bottles at the Bruichladdich distillery. At natural cask strength.  More info

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1980 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1981 (casks 5671 & 5672) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

A 28 year old Caol Ila, drawn from a pair of casks and bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for The Coopers Choice range. This was distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2010 - a release of 600 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1981 (casks 5671 & 5672) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1983 (Adelphi)

70cl, 54%

A 28 year old Caol Ila bottled in 2012 by Adelphi, and one of 250 bottles matured in a refill bourbon hogshead.  More info

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1983 (Adelphi)
$150.37

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1983 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.2%

Distilled at Caol Ila in May of 1983, this was aged for 28 years in a single cask (number 3618) before bottling in 2012. A release of 413 individually numbered bottles from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions…  More info

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1983 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

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