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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 10 Year Old 2009 - Forest Whisky

70cl, 48%

The folks over at the Forest Distillery have gone and bottled up a marvellous Caol Ila, distilled on Islay in March 2009. Whereas Forest Whisky bottlings are usually well sherried, this was then left…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2009 - Forest Whisky
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$83.95

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 59.1%

The yearly Diageo Special Releases always pack some surprises and it's fair to say an unpeated Caol Ila is probably one of them. This single malt Scotch promotes the distillery's lesser-known side as…  More info

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
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$107.42
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Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, released as part of the Distillers Edition series. This one was matured from 2006 to 2017, including a finishing period in casks which has previously…  More info

Caol Ila 2006 (bottled 2017) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$75.33
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Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59%

Islay - home to countless gorgeous coastal views, picturesque villages and incredible distilleries, like the fantastic Caol Ila! This is a 34 year old Caol Ila, distilled in 1981 and matured in a…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$638.67

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
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$88.07
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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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$52.66
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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
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$47.34
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Caol Ila 16 Year Old 2002 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Islay single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, bottled by the excellent Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. The whisky was distilled in 2002 and matured for 16 years in four…  More info

Caol Ila 16 Year Old 2002 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$95.80

Darkness! Caol Ila 18 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish

50cl, 67.3%

Darkness! has made its way to Islay for a brilliant indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt! This is an 18 year old expression from the distillery on the east coast of the island, which has been…  More info

Darkness! Caol Ila 18 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish
$207.80

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
$39.58

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314161, 322888 & 322890) - Small Batch (James Eadie)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila, distilled back in 2009. It spent its days in a trio of refill hogsheads, until 2019 when the casks were cracked open. The single malt was bottled by James Eadie for the…  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 (casks 314161, 322888 & 322890) - Small Batch (James Eadie)
$44.11

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 510) - Single Cask Nation

70cl, 59.3%

Wonderful indie bottler Single Cask Nation has gone and found itself a delicious Caol Ila! After distillation in January 2007, the Islay single malt was matured in a single cask (cask #510, if you…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 510) - Single Cask Nation
$87.18

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.5%

This right here is the 13th batch of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky to be bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and it was matured for 18 years before the Boutique-y bunch got their mitts on…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$116.26

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)
$63.49

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13077) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

An 8 year old Islay single malt here, bottled as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance series. This one came from the coastal Caol Ila Distillery, and was aged in a refill hogshead from February 2011 to…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2011 (cask 13077) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$65.64
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Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2006 (casks 311567 & 311568) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.8%

12 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a pair of hogsheads that were laid down in December 2006 and left along for a dozen years. In March 2019, it was bottled by Signatory for the Cask…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2006 (casks 311567 & 311568) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$78.56

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2001 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 57.6%

This smoky independently bottled Caol Ila was distilled in 2001. The single malt was matured in a single American oak hogshead for 17 years, until April 2019, when Gordon & MacPhail drew the whisky…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 2001 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$131.34

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%

Delicious single malt from Islay's Caol Ila distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company after 11 years of maturation. The distillery looks out across the water to the isle of…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$78.56

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 449) - Master's Cask (The Worshipful Company of Distillers)

70cl, 53.3%

This wonderful Caol Ila is unpeated! The single malt was distilled on Islay in 1997, and left in a single cask for nearly two decades. It was bottled at 18 years old for The Worshipful Company of…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 449) - Master's Cask (The Worshipful Company of Distillers)
$168.58

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of Caol Ila, distilled on Islay in 2010 before it was left to age in a single refill hogshead. Eight years came and went, until in 2019 the single malt was bottled by Langside for…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$66.72

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.2%

A thoroughly awesome 1979 vintage Caol Ila, which was left in a single hogshead cask for four decades. After 40 long years, in October 2019 Douglas Laing bottled it up for its exceptional Xtra Old…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)
$1,615.45

Caol Ila 'Earth' 8 Year Old 2010 - Old Particular Elements Collection (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.5%

This single malt was brought into existence in the year 2010 at the Caol Ila distillery. The Islay whisky was left to age in a single refill hogshead for the following eight years, until May 2019…  More info

Caol Ila 'Earth' 8 Year Old 2010 - Old Particular Elements Collection (Douglas Laing)
$79.65

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)
$704

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
$233.18

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
$77.49

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