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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 9 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 52.9%

This is a 9 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead from 2007 to 2016 before being bottled by The Whisky Agency and La Maison du Whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)
$122.01

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of 7 year old Caol Ila, distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016 after a finishing period in a wine cask - which ought to be very interesting indeed. It was bottled by Langside…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$59.88

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (cask 311913) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 61.5%

"Aged over 5 years", the exact age of these releases is never immediately obvious, rounded down to the nearest 5 years as they always are. The distillation date of 2008 and bottling date in 2016…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (cask 311913) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)
$107.54

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2010 (cask 11321) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of 5 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a refill hogshead which was filled on the Isle of Islay in December 2010 and emptied in August 2016. This is yet another tasty…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2010 (cask 11321) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.61

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 5682) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 53.6%

This is a single cask bottling of some very well-aged Caol Ila single malt - exciting stuff! It was distilled in November 1981 and allowed to mature in a single hogshead cask for 34 years, before it…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 5682) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$362.96

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
2
$63.52

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 55.9%

Another year and another delicious unpeated Caol Ila at the affordable end of Diageo's Special Releases In fact, this is now the tenth release in the series. At 17 years old, it's the oldest yet too,…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)
4
$93.11

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 61.5%

Another year and another excellent unpeated Caol Ila for the Special Releases. This is the first of these unusual Islay malts to have been distilled this millennium, being filled into refill American…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)
$93.16

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

An indie Islay from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range here - it's a 2004 vintage single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, bottled in 2016 at 46% ABV.  More info

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$42.88

Caol Ila Moch

70cl, 43%

Moch is Gaelic for dawn, and this release from Caol Ila is an altogether lighter prospect than the distillery's excellent 12 year old standard expression.  More info

Caol Ila Moch
9
$43.08

Caol Ila 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%

This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old
90
$36.72

Caol Ila 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A wonderfully balanced expression from the core Caol Ila range, this 18 year old is malty and thick with notes of Caol Ila smoke and phenols, a lovely Islay single malt without extreme levels of peat.  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old
13
$85.38

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)

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)
$149.67

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2009

70cl, 58%

A beautiful Caol Ila, filled into cask on the 18th December 1996, and aged for 12 years in European oak sherry cask 19313 before being hand selected by Billy Stitchell for the 2009 Feis Ile.  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2009
$201.79

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 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 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 1984 (Gordon and MacPhail)

35cl, 58.2%

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 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 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 12 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 12 year old Caol Ila single cask, with a peaty, spicy flavour. This is part of an outturn of 743 bottles from a refill butt, distilled in September 1995 and bottled in January 2008 by Douglas Laing.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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 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 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)

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