Caol Ila

Caol Ila distillery is near Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay, Scotland, directly overlooking Islay and Jura. The company is now part of Diageo, and the whisky is one of the lighter Islay whiskies, pale in colour, with peaty, floral and peppery notes.

In addition to being sold as a single malt, it is used heavily in blends such as Johnnie Walker and Black Bottle.

Core range;

  • Caol Ila 12 year old
  • Caol Ila 18 year old
  • Caol Ila 25 year old 
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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..

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Caol Ila 12 Year Old
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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 12 year old expression, Moch is a fantastic easy-drinking dram.

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Caol Ila Moch
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This 2004 vintage Caol Ila has been selected by The Whisky Exchange from stocks owned by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail and bottled as part of the Reserve Series. Aged in a first-fill bourbon barrel, this is rich, fruity and smoky.

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Caol Ila 2004 Reserve
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A 1999 vintage Caol Ila bottled by The Whisky Trail in 2011. Briny smoke, like a bonfire on the beach, medium-bodied with a slightly spicy finish - a great session whisky.

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Caol Ila 1999 The Whisky Trail
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Extra ageing has calmed the impact of the phenols, with the peat arriving on the palate late, and tempered by smooth oak. A very mellow, mature Islay malt.

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Caol Ila 18 Year Old
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The 2001 vintage of Caol Ila's entry in Diageo's Distillers Edition range, taking their regular smoky malt and finishing it in sweet Moscatel-wine casks for an extra depth of sweetness.

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Caol Ila 2001 Distillers Edition
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Always a staple in Diageo's Special Releases, the unpeated bottling of Caol Ila has reached 17 years of age. Wispy smoke combines with gingerbread, sweet-cured meat and smoked fish, with a refreshing lemony note.

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Caol Ila 17 Year Old Unpeated
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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.

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Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve Bottled 2013
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Long-aged Caol Ila can be excellent, and this is one of the best we've tried. With age, the smokiness of the whisky softens, revealing layers of fruit, gentle spice and elegance. A cracking dram, selected by and exclusively bottled for The Whisky Exchange. This was awarded 88 points by Serge Valentin of

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Caol Ila 1983 31 Year Old Signatory
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