The island of Islay (pronounced eye-la)  lies in the southern Inner Hebridean isles of Scotland and boasts 8 producing single malt distilleries: (Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Kilchoman) and one closed (Port Ellen). Islay is home to some of the most famous distilleries in Scotland, and while the majority produce a heavily peated and pungently smoky whisky, there are excellent un-peated styles made here too.

The distinctive smoky aroma and flavour is imparted by the drying of barley over smouldering peat fires, with this character diminishing and softening with time in the cask. Islay whiskies are connected strongly to where they are made, and a visit to the island is among one of the best whisky experiences available in the world.

The Whiskies of Islay — Caol Ila

Caol Ila 12 years old 43% 750ml

Caol Ila 12 years old 43% 750ml

Region: Islay

Strength: 43%

Volume: 700ml

$118.00

From the northern edge of Islay, the Caol Ila distillery is known for a slightly more refined smoke character, with citrus fruit and and a gentle sweetness that mingles with the peat. Sophisticated and lingering, a great introduction to some of the smokier whiskies from the Island.


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Caol Ila 'Signatory' 2009 / 8 years old 46%

Caol Ila 'Signatory' 2009 / 8 years old 46%

Region: Islay

Strength: 46%

Volume: 700ml

$97.00

Selected from a pair of sister casks from the Caol Ila distillery on Islay, this 8 year old bottling by Signatory Vintage is a punchy dram, with loads of dry coastal bonfire peat smoke and sweet and tangy citric (particularly lime, citrus cordial) notes throughout. A consistently excellent bottling from Signatory Vintage under their 'Unchillfilt...


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Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' Discovery 13 years old 43%

Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' Discovery 13 years old 43%

Region: Islay

Strength: 43%

Volume: 700ml

$98.50

Part of famed independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail's new 'Discovery' range, this 13 year old Caol Ila from the west coast island of Islay falls under their 'smoky' profile, an introduction to bold flavour ranges that Scotch has to offer. We are met with sweet vanilla and dry cured meat aromas. Peat smoke undertones are complemented by bana...


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Caol Ila 'Signatory' 1983 / 32 years old 49.3%

Caol Ila 'Signatory' 1983 / 32 years old 49.3%

Region: Islay

Strength: 49.30%

Volume: 700ml

$859.00

Distilled in 1983 at the Caol Ila distillery, this beautiful and gentle old Islay malt has an exceptional aroma - marrying over-ripe fruit (banana, melon, lime) and a very integrated, soft and mellow peat smoke throughout. Lush and full on the palate with a great oily feeling, the fruits and smoke swirl around and linger for a long time, finishi...


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Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' Hermitage Wood Finish 2005 / 14 yea

Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' Hermitage Wood Finish 2005 / 14 yea

Region: Islay

Strength: 45%

Volume: 700ml

$146.80

Gordon & MacPhail's is famous for its use of specially selected ex-wine casks to mature some of its whiskies, and the Caol Ila's are among its most popular. This release, distilled in 2005 and filled into 1st and refill ex-bourbon barrels has spent its final year in red-wine casks from the Hermitage region in France. These casks impart lush ...


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Caol Ila 'Signatory' 2006 / 12 years old 55.9%

Caol Ila 'Signatory' 2006 / 12 years old 55.9%

Region: Islay

Strength: 55.9%

Volume: 700ml

$153.00

Distilled on the north edge of the Isle of Islay, this new two cask bottling from Signatory shows the smoky, sweet and citric profile of the Caol Ila distillery. The peat smoke of Caol Ila is often not as medicinal as others from the isle, offering a more approachable beachside bonfire smokyness, warm with peppery notes (white pepper) and fruity...


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