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 »
A Frisky Whisky bottling of Caol Ila, as chosen by whisky legend John Milroy. A marriage of two casks distilled in 1983 and matured for 27 years before bottling in 2010 to produce a spicy and nutty whisky with a peat smoke edge.
Introduced in 2010, after cask strength versions in 2004 and 2005, this is the first officially-bottled Caol Ila 25yo to be bottled at 43%. It's nice to see growing recognition for this excellent distillery, and this is a very welcome addition to the official range, with a rich, gentle mouthfeel and restrained, coal-esque phenols.
A sherry cask release of 1984 vintage Caol Ila, bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange by the fine folks at Signatory. This was an easy "yes" when selecting which casks we would bottle with Signatory - soft peat, rich sherry, lots of fruit and excellent balance.
A long aged single cask Caol Ila from Signatory, released as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on December 14th 1982 and bottled on November 21st 2013 after 30 years of maturation in a hogshead.
A very rare bottling of Caol Ila, originally produced for sale at the distillery during Feis Ile, the Islay festival of Malt and Music, in 2009. Bottled from a single sherry cask at cask strength after about 13 years in wood.
A 1977 vintage Caol Ila from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This was distilled just a few years after the distillery underwent a major £1m renovation, which included the installation of six new stills.
A Gordon & Macphail bottling of Caol Ila as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range, distilled in 1980, just six years after the distillery was renovated and vastly expanded. A large proportion of the Caol Ila production is used as the peated portion in Johnnie Walker products.