Caol Ila

(kowel-EEL-ah)

In Gaelic Caol Ila means “Sound of Islay”. Hector Henderson founded the distillery in 1846 near Port Askaig in a remote cove on Islay. The water that the distillery uses is from Loch nam Ban (Torrabolls Loch).

The Caol Ila distillery underwent an extension in 1879 and then during the years between 1972-1974 the entire distillery was modernized. The whisky produced at Caol Ila is mainly used in Johnnie Walker and Bell’s blended whisky, however they do have a range of very rare single malts. Caol Ila does have a visitor centre and shop.

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  1. Tasting Notes: Smoky bacon aromas fuse with vanilla, banana, and flashes of citrus. Tropical fruit notes complement honey-glazed cured meat flavours. The peat smoke edge develops into a lingering bonfire ember finish.

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    £96.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Connoisseurs Choice

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Gordon and MacPhail

    • Age
    • 16 year old

    • Vintage
    • 2002

    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9903

  2. A punchy 8 year old Caol Ila from the Cooper's choice range.  This whisky is a single cask Bourbon cask offering, that yielded just 360 bottles.

    A very coastal nose with sea salt, brine, peat, lightly cured meat and fresh ... Click for more info

    £76.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Coopers Choice Single Cask #321581

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Vintage Malt Company

    • Age
    • 8 year old

    • Vintage
    • 2009

    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9849

  3. A Caol Ila that has never been seen before.  The oldest ever release of this well known Islay distillery, coming in at a staggering 50 years old!

    Part of ... Click for more info

    £7,999.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Private Collection Single Cask #4021901

    • Cask Wood
    • Sherry

    • Packaging
    • Wooden Box

    • Bottler
    • Gordon and MacPhail

    • Age
    • 50 year old

    • Vintage
    • 1968

    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9805

  4. A 17 year old Caol Ila distilled in 2000 from Gordon and Macphail.  Matured in a first fill Bourbon cask and bottled at cask strength.

    Supplier tasting notes.  Aroma - Honey-cured meat glazed with caramelized brown ... Click for more info

    £131.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Connoisseurs Choice

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Gordon and MacPhail

    • Age
    • 17 year old

    • Vintage
    • 2000

    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9712

  5. The other side to Caol Ila, unpeated and slightly sherried in character.  Shall we?  There have been a few of these unpeated releases but this may well be the best yet.  Breakfast table aromas of baked bread, butter, raspberry jam and ... Click for more info

    £99.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • 2018 Special Release (Unpeated Style)

    • Cask Wood
    • American & European Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 15 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9557

  6. The oldest release from the 2018 Diageo Special Release range.  Less than 4000 bottles were produced worldwide.  Combining European and American oak this spectacular Caol Ila shows dusty wood and cinder toffee on the nose with a slight lifted ... Click for more info

    £674.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • 2018 Special Release

    • Cask Wood
    • American & European Oak

    • Packaging
    • Special Packaging

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 35 year old

    • Vintage
    • 1982

    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9554

  7. Aged for 14 years in a single refill American Hogshead.

    Distilled 10th September 2003

    Bottled 28th June 2018

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    £112.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Connoisseurs Choice Single Cask #302325

    • Cask Wood
    • American Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Gordon and MacPhail

    • Age
    • 14 year old

    • Vintage
    • 2003

    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9395

  8. Distilled on 5th January 2012 and aged for 6 years in a single Hogshead cask (usually from  Ex-Bourbon stock and about 250 litres in size, so slightly larger than the standard Ex-Bourbon barrel of 200 litres).

    Nose: An almost soapy, floral ... Click for more info

    £73.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Claxton's Single Cask

    • Cask Wood
    • American Oak

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Claxton's

    • Age
    • 6 year old

    • Vintage
    • 2012

    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9357

  9. The 10th Caol Ila release in the Elements of Islay series from Elixhir Distillers.  This bottling, a vatting of 3 bourbon hogshead casks, is smokey and buttery.

    The nose is citrusy, sweet and smokey.  The palate offers real richness ... Click for more info

    £59.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Elements of Islay Cl 10

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Speciality Drinks

    • Age
    • 8 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9257

  10. This extremely rare 16 year old Islay single malt was laid to rest at the Caol Ila distillery in 1969 and bottled for Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice series in the mid-1980's.

    I have had a few modern expressions from this Islay ... Click for more info

    £1,299.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Connoisseurs Choice

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Gordon and MacPhail

    • Age
    • 16 year old

    • Vintage
    • 1969

    • Year Bottled
    • 1985

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP8877

  11. An unpeated expression of Caol Ila and the twelfth released for the 2017 Diageo special releases series.

    Aged for 18 years in refill American oak hogsheads, natural cask strength and the oldest expression of Caol Ila so far in this series.

    Once ... Click for more info

    £119.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • 2017 Special Release

    • Cask Wood
    • American Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 18 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2017

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP8299

  12. Gold medal winner at The Scotch Whisky Masters awards 2017 (these awards have fast become one of the most respected and high profile trade competitions in the industry)

    Aged for 12 years in Bourbon barrels and offers a sweet and spicy style, ... Click for more info

    £99.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Connoisseurs Choice

    • Cask Wood
    • Bourbon

    • Packaging
    • Cardboard Tube

    • Bottler
    • Gordon and MacPhail

    • Age
    • 12 year old

    • Vintage
    • 2004

    • Year Bottled
    • 2016

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP7979

  13. Part of the 2016 Diageo Annual releases and another un-peated version of Islay's largest distillery bottled at 15 years old and at a mighty 61.5% ABV

    Nose: tart gooseberry, lime, maritime/coastal harbour salty notes, green peppers, sooty lemon, ... Click for more info

    £124.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Special Release

    • Cask Wood
    • American & European Oak

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 15 year old

    • Vintage
    • 2000

    • Year Bottled
    • 2016

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP7423

  14. Caol Ila - Feis Ile 2007

    70cl / 700ml / 58.4%
    One of only 2,000 bottles available exclusively to visitors at the distillery shop, and from the Islay Festival 2007 ... Click for more info
    £399.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Feis Ile 2007

    • Cask Wood
    • American & European Oak

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2007

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP586

  15. Did you know that Caol Ila means - The Sound of ila ? This is another single cask bottle specially selected by the distillery manager for Feis Ile 2009 ... Click for more info
    £249.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Feis Ile 2009

    • Cask Wood
    • Sherry

    • Packaging
    • HTFW Gift Box

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 13 year old

    • Vintage
    • 1996

    • Year Bottled
    • 2009

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP391

  16. A single cask ex-sherry oak specially selected by the distillery manager Billy Stitchell for the Isla Festival 2010 ... Click for more info
    £399.95
    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Feis Ile 2010 Single Cask

    • Cask Wood
    • Sherry

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 10 year old

    • Vintage
    • 1999

    • Year Bottled
    • 2010

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP225

  17. Caol Ila - Elements of Islay Cl 11

    50cl / 500ml / 55.4%

    A 2008 distilled Caol Ila that was finished for 18 months in Spanish Solera casks.  Only 1206 bottles were produced.

    A fruity nose with currants, cherries, chocolate and smoke.  The palate is thick and rich with a pronounced cherry ... Click for more info

    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Elements of Islay Cl 11

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Unboxed

    • Bottler
    • Speciality Drinks

    • Age
    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9588

  18. A sublime Caol Ila from Gordon and Macphail's Connoisseurs Choice range.  Matured in a single refill sherry hogshead, this is one of only 216 bottles.

    The nose is both sweet and savoury with cured meat and pastry notes.  The palate ... Click for more info

    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Connoisseurs Choice

    • Cask Wood
    • Sherry

    • Packaging
    • Original Box

    • Bottler
    • Gordon and MacPhail

    • Age
    • 33 year old

    • Vintage
    • 1984

    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9494

  19. Part of the 2018 reboot of GnM's bottlings.  This new Discovery series replaced the entry level Macphails collection as the introductioninto the companiesx whiskies.

    A lovely fruity nose of citrus and orchard fruits leads to a sweet vanilla ... Click for more info

    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Discovery Single Malt

    • Cask Wood
    • Oak

    • Packaging
    • Cardboard Tube

    • Bottler
    • Gordon and MacPhail

    • Age
    • 13 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • No

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9493

  20. A 10 year old aged in Refill American oak Hogsheads and rejuvenated European oak Butts that was specially released for the 2018 Feis Ile and personally selected by new distillery manager Pierrick Guillaume, who joined Caol Ila last summer from Glen ... Click for more info

    • Distillery
    • Caol Ila

    • Description
    • Feis Ile 2018

    • Cask Wood
    • American & European Oak

    • Packaging
    • Cloth Bag

    • Bottler
    • Distillery

    • Age
    • 10 year old

    • Vintage
    • Year Bottled
    • 2018

    • Cask Strength
    • Yes

    • HTFW Cat. No.
    • LP9282

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