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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 29 Year Old 1984 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.2%

Bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask selection, which has reached its 15th anniversary! There's obviously no better way to celebrate this milestone that with some 29 year old Caol…  More info

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1984 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405009) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.7%

With a presentation box almost as gorgeous as the whisky itself, you know you're in for a treat with The Duncan Taylor Single range of independently bottled single cask whiskies. This particular…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405009) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10020) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A Douglas Laing bottling of 17 year old single malt from the particularly talented Islay distillery, Caol Ila. Oh, what a coincidence! I used the word "particularly" and this is an Old Particular…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10020) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6487) - (Cask Strength Collection) Signatory

70cl, 53%

Single cask single malt whisky from the talented Caol Ila distillery near Port Askaig on Islay, bottled by Signatory. After maturing in a hogshead for 30 years(!), it was bottled for the Cask…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6487) - (Cask Strength Collection) Signatory

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12569+12571) - Unchillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Un-chillfiltered Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery. This single malt spent 17 years maturing in two casks before it was bottled with an outturn of 782 bottles by Signatory in October 2013.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12569+12571) - Unchillfiltered (Signatory)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6493) - (Cask Strength Collection) Signatory

70cl, 54.3%

A 30 year old Caol Ila from Signatory? How delicious! Thank you. What do you mean I only get to write the bottling note, and that I don't get to take all of these home with me? Hmph. Well, I guess I…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6493) - (Cask Strength Collection) Signatory
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Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 457+458) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This 19 year old single malt Caol Ila laughs in the face of chill-filtration! It was drawn from two hogsheads by Signatory, producing 692 bottles of scrumptious Islay whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1995 (casks 457+458) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$74.10

Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 (cask 10159) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.8%

A 33 year old (!) Caol Ila matured in a single hogshead and then bottled by those lovely folk over at Douglas Laing in December 2013. Just 136 bottles of this wonderful Islay whisky were produced.  More info

Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 (cask 10159) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
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Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.2%

Well aged Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, you say? Now you're talking my language! That's right, this WM Cadenhead bottling of Caol Ila single malt is 33 years old.  More info

Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)
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Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5301) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.9%

That there Caol Ila distillery were the clever minds behind this 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky, while Signatory were the careful hands who popped the whisky into the bottles, at cask…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5301) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 1999 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A cracking Caol Ila bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 1999 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Cl4 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)

50cl, 58.7%

Speciality Drinks bottle Islay whiskies as part of their Elements of Islay Range. The iconography is like that of the periodic table and the whiskies are really rather tasty. This bottle is the…  More info

Cl4 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)
$46.45

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

Single cask 5 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled on Islay in 2008 and bottled without colouring or chill-filtering for the Hepburn's Choice range in 2014 with an outturn of 414…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
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$45.43

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 10340) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

An Islay favourite, Caol Ila make a glorious peated single malt. if you're looking for proof, look no further than this independent bottling of 13 year old Caol Ila, taken from a refill hogshead.…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 10340) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6507) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.1%

A wonderful single cask release of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1982, from the Mackillop's Choice range. 292 bottles of this delicious Islay whisky were produced from cask 6507 at…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6507) - Mackillop's Choice

Smoke On The Water 1982 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%

This delightfully smoky Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky was bottled by the top chaps at Wemyss. It was distilled in 1982 and left to mature in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled…  More info

Smoke On The Water 1982 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)
1
$124.96

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405033) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 52.9%

30 year old Caol Ila single malt, bottled for the Duncan Taylor Single collection. This Sherried Islay dram has matured from May 1983 to February 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of just 66…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405033) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10874) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range continues with an 18 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from September 1996 to September 2014. A wonderful coastal dram, with…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10874) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5287) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 53.9%

This is an independent bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1983 and bottled at over 30 years old in 2014. It comes to us as part of La Maison du Whisky's 4th edition of their…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5287) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.3%

A Rare Malts bottling of 21 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975. These Rare Malts bottlings are always a good shout for awesome whiskies, whether you're enjoying it or…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
$395.79

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 381 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 5 years in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 with an outturn of 381 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 381 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.62

CI7 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)

50cl, 58.5%

An Elements of Islay bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from an Islay distillery which you might be able to identify from its "chemical symbol" - Cl. Figured it out yet? Yes, that's that one.…  More info

CI7 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)
1
$73.31

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10291) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.1%

35 year old Caol Ila single malt, good gosh! Taken from hogshead cask #10291, which lovingly matured the whisky for 35 years, from February 1979 to March 2014. After this, it was bottled by Douglas…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10291) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 59.6%

Named after distillery manager Billy Stitchell who retires this year, this bottling honours his 39 years at Caol Ila, following in the footsteps of four previous generations of his family! The eighth…  More info

Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Release)
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$76.25

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of single malt from the Caol Ila distillery on the island of Islay. This 6 year old whisky was distilled in 2008 and set aside to age in a refill Sherry butt until 2015, when…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.45

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