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Caol Ila

Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Caol Ila 2009-2023 | 14 Year Old Signatory Vintage Single Cask 322862

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Caol Ila 2007-2023 | 15 Year Old Signatory Vintage Single Cask 4

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Vendor: Gleann Mor

Caol Ila 2008-2023 | 15 Year Old Gleann Mor Rare Find Single Cask 317323

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Vendor: James Eadie

Caol Ila 2013-2023 | 10 Year Old James Eadie Single Cask 306696

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Caol Ila 2010-2023 | 12 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Sassicaia Wood Finish

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Caol Ila 2007-2023 | 16 Year Old Signatory Vintage Cask 205

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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Caol Ila 2012-2023 | 10 Year Old | Old Particular | Single Cask DL16893

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Vendor: Maverick Drinks

Caol Ila 12 Year Old | Darkness

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Caol Ila 1982-2022 | 40 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Single Cask 691

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Vendor: Justerini & Brooks

Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2022

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Vendor: Aceo Spirits

Caol Ila 2014-2022 | 8 Year Old Murray McDavid Casks 2005801+5797+3921+3920

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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Caol Ila 1980-2021 | 40 Year Old XOP Single Cask DL14963

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Caol Ila 2009-2022 | 13 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Sassicaia Wood Finish

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Vendor: Highball Brands

Caol Ila 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old Fable Chapter One Clanyard Single Cask 312139

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Caol Ila 2010-2022 | 12 Year Old | Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 311758

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Vendor: The River Tweed Whisky Company

Caol Ila Bonfire & Blackberries 2022 | Cooper's Choice Single Cask #6677

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Vendor: Speciality Brands

Elements Of Islay CL14

Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

Caol Ila 2010-2022 | 12 Year Old | Berry Bros & Rudd Small Batch

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Vendor: Brave New Spirits (Milroys)

Caol Ila 11 Year Old | The Rusty Cauldron Batch 001 | Voodoo

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Vendor: Justerini & Brooks

Caol Ila 2009 | Distillers Edition 2021

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Caol Ila 1969-2004 | 35 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection

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Vendor: Duncan Taylor

Caol Ila 2008-2021 | 13 Year Old | Duncan Taylor Octave Cask 4031313

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Vendor: The Sipping Shed

Caol Ila 10 Year Old | The Sipping Shed Cask 301643

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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Caol Ila 2011-2021 | 10 Year Old | Old Particular Cheers To Better Days

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Vendor: Alistair Walker Whisky Company

Caol Ila 2008-2021 | 13 Year Old Infrequent Flyers

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Vendor: The River Tweed Whisky Company

Caol Ila 2012-2021 | 8 Year Old Cooper's Choice Single Cask #331912

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Caol Ila 2007-2021 | 13 Year Old | Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Single Cask 311975

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Caol Ila 1988-2021 | 32 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Single Cask 1100

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Caol Ila 2012-2021 | 8 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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Vendor: Justerini & Brooks

Caol Ila 18 Year Old

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Caol Ila 12 Year Old

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Vendor: Hannah Whisky Merchants

Caol Ila 2011-2019 | 8 Year Old | Lady Of The Glen

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Caol Ila

Caol Ila (pronounced: kul-EE-la) is arguably the most consistent distillery in Scotland in terms of quality. Despite many changes of ownership since 1846 it has seen very few silent periods and remains today the workhorse of Islay, producing more than any other neighboring distilleries on the island. It is also one of the most popular malts with blenders, which has led to a wealth of independent examples being made available through the years. Its proliferation and consistency of quality make it quite hard to find bad examples of Caol Ila.

Founded: 1846
Stills: 3 Wash & 3 Spirit
Water source: Loch Nam Bam
Capacity: 3,750,000 litres per year
Washbacks: Wood

1846-1972: The old distillery.

Caol Ila was dismantled and rebuilt during the years 1972-74, this was to increase the production capacity which was done by adding four new stills and extra washbacks. The upshot of this upgrade is that most whisky fans are fascinated to compare the distillates from the old and the new distilleries. The old-style Caol Ila was produced through a single pair of direct-fired stills with worm tub condensers, longer ferments, and floor-malted barley. This made it a recognisably more old school style whisky. It has more viscosity on the palate with a greater density of oils and peat, more mineral and intensely phenolic and medicinal aspects and, as always with older style whiskies, much more pronounced fruit characters, particularly green and stone fruits in Caol Ila's case. Sadly the bottlings from this era are fewer and rarer than their contemporary counterparts. However excellent examples from G&M, Cadenheads, and Signatory all exist and are almost all excellent and fascinating to taste.

1974-Present: The new distillery.

The new Caol Ila once completed in 1974 was a much bigger beast, designed to cope with the demands of the blending hall and perfectly symbolised the nature of the new whisky industry that was emerging in Scotland. It was an industry of mass production and consistency, but also one that was prone to corner cutting and cost reduction. The new Caol Ila now had efficient steam-heated stills with shell condensers and malt that came from the large malting facility in Port Ellen. This led to more uniform peat levels (Caol Ila has always been approximately 35-40 parts per million) and a very consistent house style. Unlike many other distilleries, Caol Ila has remained fairly unchanged since this makeover. The whisky produced since 1974 is noticeably lighter but it is still a powerful Islay style, often mistakenly described as one of the more delicate Islay malts, it is in fact highly coastal and medicinal in style. Like all Islay whiskies is takes particularly well to refill wood, which accentuates its naturally drying, aromatic and fresh qualities. Caol Ila can age particularly well up to 30 years with older examples taking on concentrated coastal and farmy aspects with distinctive notes of green tea and herb liqueurs. Expressions over 30 years of age are exceptionally rare. Sherried expressions are also rare although several legendary examples do exist such as the Manager's Dram bottling from 1990 or the James MacArthur 'London Scottish' bottling. Caol Ila remains an often excellent and always dependable bottling, its style is full flavoured and distinctive and thankfully its high availability helps to keep the prices down and many excellent value drams are still to be found from this distillery. Hopefully, this will always be the case.

Caol Ila