Caol Ila 2018

Caol Ila have long been quite experimental in the types of casks they fill their spirit into. Alongside the classic bourbon casks, you’ll find sherry casks, wine, dessert wine… Caol Ila is fragrant and flexible enough to partner up with almost any type of wood. The smokiness always adds an extra dimension.

An unusual cask indeed. Rye whiskey is powerful, spicy stuff – an acquired, but incredibly exciting, taste. A half size cask introduces those rye flavours fast; even though this spirit is too young to be called whisky, it will be rapidly adopting the flavour of the wood around it, to become mature before its time. This extra spiciness isn’t typical for Caol Ila – and it’s invigorating!

Note that this cask is still not old enough to be called whisky. Caol Ila is great as a youthful whisky, but we recommend this to be a good long-term cask.

Auction estimate: £4,000 – £5,000

For the person who likes: Sherbet sharks or cinnamon red-hots

Auction has ended. The winning bidder has been notified.

Cask Details

DistilleryCaol Ila
Age2 years
Distillation DateFebruary 9, 2018
Cask TypeFirst Fill Rye Half Cask
Re-gauge ABV61.00%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)75 litres
New Bulk Litres123 litres
Re-gauge DateOctober 9, 2019
Cask Number301937

Tasting Notes

Tasting notes coming soon.

About The Distillery

Caol Ila is the Gaelic name for the sound of Islay; the channel of water that separates Islay from Jura.

Caol Ila itself is a touch milder in style than its local counterparts. A fresh grassiness mixes with seaweedy notes, nicely mimicking the blending of hillsides and rocky beaches to be found around the distillery. Despite being smoky, this is a malt that does not feel uncouth to drink even at more delicate hours of the day. A cool morning on Islay, dew on seagrass and mist rising to reveal the outlines of the Hebrides – that’s an atmosphere where Caol Ila feels at home.

Buyer’s note: A sample of this cask has been requested, but did not arrive in time for the start of the auction. When received, tasting notes and photos of the sample will be added to the listing accordingly.

We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.


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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 18th at 5:00pm BST subject to continuation defined below.
  • If any bid is received within the last 5 minutes of bidding across any of the current auction listings, the entire auction will be extended for an additional 5 minutes. The auction will officially close when a period of 5 minutes has passed without a new bid.
  • All bids represent a legally binding contract to purchase the designated item.
  • The highest bidder at conclusion of the auction will immediately be charged a £500 deposit by credit card; the remaining balance will be due within 72 hours of auction close by bank wire transfer.
  • Failure to send proof of payment within 72 hours will result in a penalty of 1% of the hammer price for each day the payment is delinquent.
  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
  • A reserve price has been set for the auction. If the reserve price is not reached then the seller, in their sole discretion, can choose whether to accept the high bid or may offer a counter offer. All bids placed by buyers are binding, even when the reserve price has not been met, until the seller declines the highest bid.
  • A 10% buyers premium will be added to the highest prevailing bid. No buyers premium will be due if the reserve price is not met and the seller choses not to accept the high bid.