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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 Natural Cask Strength

70cl, 61.3%

This Natural Cask Strength single malt bottling from the Caol Ila distillery is a surprisingly smooth dram. Oily with pungent smoke and malt.  More info

Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength
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Caol Ila 1983 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.9%

Distilled at Caol Ila in 1983 and bottled in 2011 at cask strength by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info

Caol Ila 1983 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$82.76

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Distilled in September 1996 and aged for 14 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in September 2010 as part of a release of 329 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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 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 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)
$87.94

Caol Ila 1980 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 55.6%

Smoky and rich, this is a full-bodied, powerful Caol Ila with notes of Latakia. Distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2011 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Cask 4938.  More info

Caol Ila 1980 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$118.99

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 1996 - Chieftain's Ian MacLeod)

70cl, 43%

A 13 year old Caol Ila, distilled in October 1996 and aged in casks 91971 and 91974, this was given a finish in Sauternes dessert wine casks before bottling in March 2010. One of just a handful of…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 1996 - Chieftain's Ian MacLeod)

Caol Ila 8 Year Old Unpeated (Bottled 2007)

70cl, 64.9%

An unpeated variant of Caol Ila, this is aged for 8 years, and bottled at a staggering 64.9% abv!  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old Unpeated (Bottled 2007)

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 11 Year Old 1999 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

Distilled at Caol Ila on the 15th September 1999 and aged in two hogsheads before bottling on the 8th April 2011. A release of 926 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 1999 (Signatory)

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 11 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This Caol Ila was distilled on the 18th November 1999, and was aged in hogsheads before bottling on the 2nd June 2011. A release of 936 bottles from Signatory.  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53.6%

This was distilled at the Caol Ila distilled in 1990, and originally matured in bourbon casks. Then Murray McDavid took it to the Bruichladdich distillery, and reracked it into Chateau Haut Brion…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

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 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 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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$48.61

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2010 Release)

70cl, 57.6%

2010's Special Release from the Caol Ila distillery. This unpeated version was bottled at cask strength, and it was aged for 12 years in first fill ex-bourbon casks.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2010 Release)

Caol Ila 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A teenaged Caol Ila bottled by Gordon and MacPhail as part of their renowned Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$191.45

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1999 Casks 310801 & 310806 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

This 12 year old Caol Ila was distilled on the 18th November 1999 and it was aged in two hogsheads (casks 310804 and 310806) before bottling by Signatory on the 12th December 2011. A release of 887…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1999 Casks 310801 & 310806 (Signatory)

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1982 Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 60.4%

A single cask Whisky from Caol Ila Distillery, bottled by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. A 1982 vintage, this has been aged for 29 years.  More info

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1982 Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2000 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled at Caol Ila on the 9th November 2000 and aged for 11 years in two bourbon barrels before bottling for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection on the 27th April 2912. Each bottle is…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2000 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

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
$143.89

Caol Ila 1982 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.1%

A single cask Caol Ila, bottled by the world-famous London wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was distilled in 1982 and aged in cask 6510 for 29 years before bottling in 2011,…  More info

Caol Ila 1982 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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$125.59

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A fifteen year old Caol Ila from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask Series. Smoky, sooty, medicinal, everything we want from a Caol Ila. The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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