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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 28 Year Old 1980 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 55.20%

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 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 - 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 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Single cask Islay malt, this was distilled at Caol Ila in November 1979 and matured for 30 years in a refill butt before bottling in January 2010. Part of a release of 266 bottles, bottled by Douglas…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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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 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 32 Year Old 1974 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 55.70%

A 32 year old Caol Ila, bottled by Signatory. This well aged malt was distilled on the 27th December 1974 and matured in a single cask (hogshead number 12624) before bottling on the 28th June 2007.…  More info

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1974 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1991 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

A wonderfully unique Caol Ila, this was distilled in 1991 and initially aged in bourbon barrels. Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich Master Distiller, selected the cask and then transferred the whisky into…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1991 (Murray McDavid)

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 10 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at the Caol Ila distillery in Askaig in the Spring of 1998. It was aged for a decade in a single refill barrel (number 4297) before bottling in the Spring of 2008 by Douglas Laing.  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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 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 14 Year Old 1994 Tokaji Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

A Tokaji finished Caol Ila, this was distilled on the 30th September 1994 and matured in three casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in July of 2009. Part of a release of just 492 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1994 Tokaji Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

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 8 Year Old 1999 Unpeated

70cl, 64.20%

Just 12,990 bottles were released, this Caol Ila 8 year old proffers the chance to sample an unpeated malt from the distillery, matured in first fill bourbon casks. There is spice and fruit with a…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 1999 Unpeated

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

70cl, 46%

A 12 year old Islay malt from the Caol Ila distillery. This was bottled for the exceptional new Alchemist range.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 52.50%

From the Murray McDavid Mission series of casks selected by Jim McEwan and bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery. This was distilled at Caol Ila in 1990, matured in bourbon barrels for 17 years and…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2010

70cl, 61.90%

The 2010 Feis Ile (Islay Festival) saw some exceptional special releases from some of Scotland's best-loved distilleries. Caol Ila offered this stunning natural cask strength bottling, filled into…  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2010
$122.01

Caol Ila 1984 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.70%

A 25 year old Caol Ila bottled for Berry's Own Selection. This was distilled in 1984 and bottled at cask strength.  More info

Caol Ila 1984 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$100.60

Caol Ila 1995 Marsala Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45%

An 11 year old Caol Ila expression from Gordon and MacPhail's Private Collection, this bottling was matured in Marsala casks and is part of an limited release of just 1,200 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 1995 Marsala Finish - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at Caol Ila - an Islay distillery known for its oily, smoky character - on the 22nd November 1999, matured in two casks (hogsheads numbers 3/11067 11068) and bottled by Signatory on the…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 1999 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

A Signatory bottling from Caol Ila. This was distilled on the 22nd November 1999 and matured in two hogsheads (umbers 3/1063 and 1064) for 10 years before bottling on the 26th November 2009. A…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 1999 (Signatory)

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 9 Year Old 2000 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A 9 year old Caol Ila, bottled for the Douglas Laing Provenance range. This was distilled in the Winter of 2000 and bottled in the Summer of 2010.  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2000 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 10 Year Old Unpeated Style (2009 Release)

70cl, 65.80%

A punchy cask strength release, it's at 65.8%! This is an unpeated expression from the Caol Ila distillery. They make this stuff but once a year, and is matured in first fill bourbon barrels.  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old Unpeated Style (2009 Release)

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