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Caol Ila 1983-2014 - 31 Year Old - Duncan Taylor - Single Cask 406258

LOT ID: 0124-641

End Date : Feb 14 2024 08:00 PM

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Caol Ila 1983 - 2014. 20 Year Old. Bottled by Duncan Taylor. Cask number 406258. One of 62 bottles matured in a Sherry Cask. 700ml. 52.6%. In presentation box.

A fantastic old single cask sherried Caol Ila 1983 31-year-old bottled by Duncan Taylor as a prestige edition in 2014. This smartly-presented Caol Ila came from Cask 406258, yielding just 62 bottles at its natural cask strength of 52.6%. It’s rare to see an old Caol Ila with this sort of colour, as very little of the production in those days was filled to sherry casks - this will be a treat.




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Distillery:  Caol Ila

Distillery Status:  Working

Bottler: Duncan Taylor

Region: Islay

Distilled Year: 1983

Bottling Year: 2014

Age: 31

Bottles Produced: 62

Limited Edition: yes

Cask Number: 406258

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 52.6%

Founded in 1846, Caol Ila distillery was taken over by Diageo forerunner DCL in 1927. The distillery was completely rebuilt in 1972-74 and now produces over 6 million litres annually, much of which goes into Johnnie Walker. The widespread belief that Caol Ila is Islay’s most underrated distillery has become a truth so universally acknowledged that it may no longer be true, though it remains in the shadow of Bowmore and the south coast distilleries. 

Official Caol Ilas were bottled sporadically before Diageo relaunched it as a single malt brand in 2002. A famous yellow label 12-year-old and a rare 15-year-old occasionally appeared under DCL’s Bulloch & Lade subsidiary from the 1960s onwards, and there was a short-lived Flora & Fauna 15-year-old in the late 1980s and a magnificent sherried 15-year-old Manager’s Dram bottled in 1990. Independent Caol Ila is abundant and always great value.

Duncan Taylor was founded in 1938, originally as a cask broker. The Glasgow-based company was acquired in the 1960s by the American blender and entrepreneur Abe Rosenberg, who amassed a large stock of maturing casks. Following Rosenberg’s death in 1994 the Duncan Taylor business lay dormant until the early 2000s, when the trustees offered some casks to businessmen Euan Shand and Alan Gordon. 

Shand and Gordon were so impressed with Duncan Taylor’s stock that they bought the company in 2002 and began bottling some of Rosenberg’s best casks. A string of extraordinary bottlings of Longmorn, Macallan, Bowmore and Springbank were released under the now defunct Peerless range and today Duncan Taylor, with Shand in full control since 2006, is established as one of Scotland’s most interesting independent bottlers.


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