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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 50 Year Old 1968 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 52.5%

An extraordinary release from Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection, this right here is a 50 year old single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery - the oldest Caol Ila bottled to date. The whisky was…  More info

Caol Ila 50 Year Old 1968 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$8,649.07

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 13741) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.1%

This gloriously well-matured whisky right here is a 40 year old Caol Ila single malt, which has been independently bottled by Douglas Laing as part of its very appropriately-named Xtra Old Particular…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 13741) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,707.59

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 160) - Monologue (Chapter 7)

70cl, 52.2%

Tasty Islay whisky from Caol Ila, independently bottled by Chapter 7. This 9 year old expression was distilled back in 2011, and eventually bottled up for the Monologue series with an outturn of just…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2011 (cask 160) - Monologue (Chapter 7)
$77.36

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)

70cl, 56.1%

A brilliant single cask Caol Ila, this particular Islay whisky was distilled back in May 1981. It spent its days in a single bourbon hogshead for the best part of four decades, until June 2018 when…  More info

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)
$791.19

Caol Ila 6 Yea Old (cask 315817) - Dràm Mòr

70cl, 59%

Single malt from the east coast of Islay here, independently bottled by Dràm Mòr. This is a 6 year old Caol Ila, bottled at a hefty 59% ABV and with an outturn of 312 bottles. Enjoyably smoky and…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Yea Old (cask 315817) - Dràm Mòr
$85.32

Caol Ila 10 Year Old (cask 301643) - The Sipping Shed

70cl, 60.1%

A classicly smoky and maritime Caol Ila, lovingly bottled by The Sipping Shed! The single malt was distilled on the island and left to age for a decade in a single bourbon hogshead. When it reached…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old (cask 301643) - The Sipping Shed
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$81.91

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2020) (cask 301632) - Samaroli

70cl, 49%

An absolutely cracking Caol Ila from indie bottler Samaroli. Distilled in 2008, this one lay in a single cask until 2020, when it was bottled at cask strength. Alongside the hallmark medicinal notes,…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2020) (cask 301632) - Samaroli
$313.06

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 900008-19) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

This smoky Caol Ila single malt has seen quite the maturation! Distilled in 2011, it spent most of its ageing in a bourbon hogshead. Though before it was bottled the whisky was transferred to a…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 900008-19) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$67.12

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 318769) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 56.1%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 2009 and matured for 10 years. In 2020, it was bottled up by Berry Bros. & Rudd and released as a special celebration bottling honouring the…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 318769) - Berry Bros. & Rudd
$102.40

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 4678) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.4%

A Caol Ila 26 Year Old is not be ignored at the best of times. A single cask, non-chill filtered and cask strength (50.4% ABV) Caol Ila 26 Year Old bottled for the Mackillop's Choice series should…  More info

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 4678) - Mackillop's Choice
$358.59

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1988 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 51.4%

Well-aged Caol Ila? Yeah, go on then! This is a 31 year old single malt from Islay's Caol Ila Distillery, matured in a single refill sherry butt from 1988 to 2020. Following its maturation, Gordon &…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1988 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$870.87

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (casks 324050 & 324052) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

From the renowned independent bottler Signatory comes a Caol Ila single malt that was aged in a pair of hogshead casks for nine years – from December 2010 to November 2020. Following that maturation,…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 (casks 324050 & 324052) - Signatory
$48.89

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 13081) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.6%

A stunning bottle of Caol Ila, distilled all the way back in January 1984. After 35 long years, the single malt was bottled in March 2019 from a single refill hogshead, for Douglas Laing's XOP Old…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1984 (cask 13081) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$744.15

Smoky Scot

70cl, 46%

Smoky Scot is (surprise, surprise!) a heavily peated single malt, produced at the Caol Ila distillery. It was matured in bourbon oak casks for five years before being bottled at 46% ABV by Aceo.…  More info

Smoky Scot
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$41.84

Caol Ila 30 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 42.4%

A single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery on Islay, which was allowed to mature for 30 years! After three decades of rest, the whisky was bottled up by the brilliant Hunter Laing for The Kinship…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
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$546.43

Caol Ila 13 Year Old - Discovery (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

The spirit of this single malt Scotch whisky was sourced from Caol Ila Distillery before Gordon and MacPhail matured it in its own casks for its new introductory range, Discovery. It was aged for a…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old - Discovery (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$55.72

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1478) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.4%

25 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a single cask which aged the whisky from February 1990 to February 2015. After quarter of a century of maturation, the whisky was bottled for the…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1478) - Mackillop's Choice
$256.63

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 631) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

Indie Islay whisky from the excellent Caol Ila distillery, aged in a single cask for 23 years from January 1993 to February 2016. This was bottled by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 631) -  Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$253.15

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (cask 319291) - Artful Dodger

50cl, 59.7%

All the way from Islay's east coast comes a cracking 9 year old Caol Ila single malt! This expression was distilled in 2009, and set aside to age in an ex-bourbon hogshead for almost a decade.…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (cask 319291)  - Artful Dodger
$73.95

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
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$55.67

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
17
$93.10

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
140
$43.21
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Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

75cl, 61.2%

This is a Rare malts bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1975 and set aside to mature for 20 years before bottling. Rare Malts was a series of releases from…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 (cask 301264) (Adelphi)

70cl, 50.8%

A deliciously savoury single malt from Caol Ila! Distilled in 2007, it was then matured in a single first-fill Oloroso sherry hogshead for over a decade. Adelphi bottled it up at 13 years old, with…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 (cask 301264) (Adelphi)
$89.87

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1981 (cask 285) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

Collectible Caol Ila, matured in a single cask for 21 years after being distilled in 1981. Following its rest, it was bottles by the folks from First Cask at 46% ABV. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1981 (cask 285) - First Cask

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