Built in 1846, Caol Ila is the largest of the eight working distilleries on the island of Islay (situated off the west coast of Scotland), with a production capacity of 3 million litres per year. In the classic Islay style, Caol Ila is made predominantly with peated malt and the resulting phenols have a big influence on the final flavour of the ... Read More »
Caol ila 12 Year Old is of medium weight, but still packing plenty of potent phenols, this is a refined, powerful dram with a compensating oiliness. A balanced, peaty beauty. International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010: Gold Medal - Best in Class IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
Taking its name from the Gaelic for ‘dawn’, Moch is a wonderful newcomer from Caol Ila and is a must-try for fans of this outstanding distillery. Lighter in style than the standard 12yo expression, Moch is a fantastic easy-drinking dram.
A slightly mad Murray McDavid creation, taking 1991 Caol Ila whisky matured in Bourbon casks, and finishing it in casks that used to hold Quart-de-Chaume, a sweet white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes from the Loire valley, for a total of 17 years of maturation.
A 1996 vintage Caol Ila bottled by Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection series. Distilled on 3rd September, it was matured in a pair of hogsheads for 17 years before being bottled on 27th November 2013.
Distilled in 1999, the 2011 release of the unpeated Caol Ila 12yo is an absolute belter - and amazingly easy to drink, even at its slightly scary full strength of 64%. Bottled from first fill ex-bourbon American oak casks, this was one of our favourites in the 2011 Special Releases.
2013's unpeated release of Caol Ila is named for distillery manager Billy Stitchell, who is retiring after almost 40 years at the distillery. This year it's been bottled without an age statement and despite being 'unpeated' there's a definite smoky tang to the whisky, although less so than in previous years.
A 17 year old Caol Ila from Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, distilled back in September 1996 and bottled in April 2014. This is a bit of a fruity number, backed up by classic Islay peat smoke and the distillery's coastal character.
A wonderfully fresh, minerally Caol Ila bottled by TWE from a single ex-bourbon cask. Lots of sea air, seaweed and seashells make this the olfactory equivalent of a picnic on the beach. A big hit at 2012's TWE Whisky Show.
The latest incarnation of the yearly cask strength 'unpeated' Caol Ila produced as part of Diageo's Special Releases selection. This time it's been aged for 14 years in ex-sherry casks, filled in 1997. There's not a lot of sherried Caol Ila out there and this might be our pick of this year's range.