Caol Ila Whisky Auction Analysis & Price Trends

Caol Ila distillery
Country Scotland
Founded 1846
Status Active
Website N/A
Owner Diageo
Wash stills 3
Spirit stills 3
WhiskyBase rating 86.83

The Caol Ila distillery is located in the north east of Isla. The production volume is the largest among all the distilleries of the island. The major part of the volume produced is used to make Johnnie Walker, J&B and Bell`s blends, which include a tremendous amount of smoked (phenolic) peaty alcohols, specific to Caol Ila. Although the experiments were started on the production of unpeated whisky in 1995, the current production volume is about 30%.

The whisky releases of interest to collectors and investors can be outlined:

Caol Ila single malt whiskey does not comprise the best-selling Islay single malts, however, taking charts into consideration, interest in it shows steady growth.

Bottles that could be intriguing for whisky collectors and investors due to their potential value & rarity

Caol Ila 1983 - 30 years old
Caol Ila 1983 - 30 years old - 700 ml / 55.1%
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Caol Ila 1982 - 35 Years Old - 2018 Limited Release
Caol Ila 1982 - 35 Years Old - 2018 Limited Release - 700 ml / 58.1%
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Caol Ila 24 Year Old - 175th Anniversary
Caol Ila 24 Year Old - 175th Anniversary - 700 ml / 52.1%
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Caol Ila 22 Year Old - Feis Ile 2019
Caol Ila 22 year old - Feis Ile 2019 - 700 ml / 58.4%
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Caol Ila 1990 - 15 Years Old - The Manager's Dram
Caol Ila 1990 - 15 Years Old - The Manager's Dram - 750 ml / 63%
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Explore Caol Ila Lots From Online Auctions

More than 34559 finished and 29 live Caol Ila whisky lots in our database. If you are interested in one of the following questions, you have come to the right place:

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Top 10 Expensive Caol Ila Whiskies Sold at Auctions

All prices in £ by default. To see values in $ or € - click on Hammer price
Date Lot Auction Hammer
Jul 2021 Caol Ila - 1990 (Hogshead #0013132) Held In Bond auction ended Whisky Hammer £ 50500.0
Jan 2021 Caol Ila 12 Year Old James Macarthur London Scottish Malt Whisky Society auction ended Whisky Auctioneer £ 26000.0
Jul 2021 1 Caol Ila 2007 1st Fill Palo Cortado Hogshead #18 / Cask in storage auction ended Whisky Auctioneer £ 16501.0
Jan 2021 Caol Ila 1966 Intertrade 19 Year Old Cask Strength auction ended Whisky Auctioneer £ 16500.0
Dec 2022 Caol Ila 1966 Intertrade 19 Year Old Cask Strength auction ended Whisky Auctioneer £ 13000.0
Dec 2018 Caol Ila 1968 Samaroli Full Proof auction ended Whisky Auctioneer £ 12510.0
Dec 2021 Caol Ila 12 Year Old James MacArthur Cask Strength auction ended Whisky Auctioneer £ 12501.0
Jan 2021 Caol Ila 1968 Intertrade 21 Year Old Cask Strength auction ended Whisky Auctioneer £ 12500.0
Mar 2023 Caol Ila 1968 Samaroli Full Proof auction ended Whisky Auctioneer £ 11512.0
Dec 2020 Caol Ila 1969 Gordon and MacPhail Cask Strength Celtic Label / Meregalli Import auction ended Whisky Auctioneer £ 10500.0
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Caol Ila live lots on Catawiki Whisky Auction

All prices in £ by default. To see update time and values in $ or € - click on Last bid
End date Lot Auction Last Bid Want it?
May 29 20:48 Caol Ila 12yo + Clynelish 14yo + Talisker 10yo + Glenfiddich 12yo, 15yo & 18yo - Original bottling - 20cl - 6 bottles live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 60.0 Place Bid
May 29 20:50 Caol Ila 1997 - Signatory Vintage - b. 2012 - 70cl live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 51.0 Place Bid
May 30 20:16 Caol Ila 2009 13 years old - Cask Strength Collection - Bourbon Hogshead no. 322861 - Signatory Vintage - b. 2023 - 70cl live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 1.0 Place Bid
May 30 21:22 Caol Ila 1990 15 years old - The ultimate - b. 2005 - 70cl live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 3.0 Place Bid
May 31 20:15 Caol Ila 2010 9 years old - Cask Strength Collection - Refill Sherry Butt no. 316632 - Signatory Vintage - b. 2020 - 70cl live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 5.0 Place Bid
May 31 20:33 Caol Ila 2000 - Gordon & MacPhail - b. 2008 - 70cl live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 3.0 Place Bid
Jun 1 20:10 Caol Ila 2007 - PX Sherry Wood Selected Cask no. 12040 - Samaroli - b. 2023 - 700ml live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 8.0 Place Bid
Jun 1 20:56 Lagavulin Distillers Edition + Caol Ila Distillers Edition - Original bottling - 70cl - 2 bottles live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 4.0 Place Bid
Jun 2 13:03 Caol Ila 1982 29 years old - Rare Auld - Duncan Taylor - b. 2011 - 700ml live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 174.0 Place Bid
Jun 2 13:07 Caol Ila 1968 - ''Cask'' Natural High Strength - Gordon & MacPhail - b. 1980s - 75cl live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 2150.0 Place Bid
Jun 2 13:46 Caol Ila 1995 25 years old - Cask Strength Half of Butt no. 10024 - Wilson & Morgan - b. 2021 - 70cl live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 257.0 Place Bid
Jun 2 14:02 Caol Ila 1975 21 years old - Cask no. 464 - Signatory Vintage - b. 1999 - 70cl live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 400.0 Place Bid
Jun 2 20:43 Caol Ila 2007 12 years old - The Fishes of Samoa - Archives - b. 2020 - 700ml live Catawiki Whisky Auction £ 56.0 Place Bid
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Top 20 Expensive Caol Ila Whiskies From Online Retailers

Don't want to depend on the fortunes of buying whisky at auctions? It's always possible to buy a bottle of Caol Ila in an online shop. Compare all offers and choose the best one!

Shop Item Desc Extra Price Buy It
The Whisky Exchange Caol Ila 15 Year Old Manager's Dram Sherry Cask - 75cl / 63% - - £ 8500.0 Buy It
The Whisky Exchange Caol Ila 1968 50 Year Old Gordon & Macphail - 70cl / 52.5% - - £ 8500.0 Buy It
The Whisky Exchange Caol Ila 1966 / 29 Year Old / Sherry Cask / Centenary Reserve Islay Whisky - 70cl / 40% / Gordon & MacPhail - - £ 4000.0 Buy It
The Whisky Exchange Caol Ila 14 Year Old Bot.1980s Sestante - 75cl / 64.7% - - £ 2500.0 Buy It
Hard To Find Whisky Caol Ila - Single Malts Of Scotland Director'S Special 40 Year Old - 70Cl | 49.1% - - £ 2099.95 Buy It
Hard To Find Whisky Caol Ila - Single Malts Of Scotland Directors' Special 40 Year Old - 70Cl | 49.1% - - £ 2099.95 Buy It
Hard To Find Whisky Caol Ila - Single Malts Of Scotland Director'S Special 40 Year Old - 70Cl | 49.1% - - £ 2099.95 Buy It
The Whisky Barrel Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1982 Private Collection (2022) - Cask: #691 - 70cl / 49.5% - - £ 1950.0 Buy It
The Whisky Exchange Caol Ila 20 Year Old / 150th Anniversary Islay Whisky - 70cl / 57.86% - - £ 1800.0 Buy It
The Whisky Exchange Caol Ila 1980 / 40 Year Old / Xtra Old Particular Islay Whisky - 70cl / 54.6% / Douglas Laing - - £ 1750.0 Buy It
Hard To Find Whisky Caol Ila - Xtra Old Particular Single Cask #14963 1980 40 Year Old - 70Cl | 54.6% - - £ 1749.95 Buy It
Hard To Find Whisky Caol Ila - Xtra Old Particular Single Cask #14963 - 1980 40 Year Old - 70Cl | 54.6% - - £ 1749.95 Buy It
The Whisky Exchange Caol Ila 1981 / 40 Year Old / Private Collection Islay Whisky - 70cl / 58.4% / Gordon & MacPhail - - £ 1715.0 Buy It
The Whisky Exchange Caol Ila 1982 / 40 Year Old / 50th Anniversary Islay Whisky - 70cl / 49.5% / The Whisky Exchange - - £ 1700.0 Buy It
The Whisky Shop Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 1984 38 Year Old #3122 - 70cl 53.3% abv Scotch Whisky Single Malt Islay - - £ 1665.0 Buy It
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The chart of monthly trade volumes of the Caol Ila distillery. The chart is in direct proportion to the lot quantity and prices, displaying the liquidity of lots on the secondary market and interest in them. Trading volume growth indicates the drawn attention to distellery


The chart of lot price fluctuation by month of the Caol Ila distillery. The lot average price chart indicates the growth or fall of the investment attractiveness of whisky over time.


The chart, representing traded lot quantity by month of the Caol Ila distillery. The chart displays the popularity and seasonal dependence of the quantity of the lots auctioned online.


Frequently Asked Questions

In the FAQ section will find answers to common questions that interest collectors and investors

The value of a Caol Ila whisky bottle can be influenced by several factors. Below is a detailed breakdown based on key aspects:

  1. Identification of the Bottle: Initially, it's essential to accurately identify the bottle in question. Familiarity with the specific release, including the release year, alcohol strength, and maturation period, will aid in its valuation.
  2. Specific Bottle Variation: Numerous releases of Caol Ila whisky have occurred over the years. The specific release to which a bottle belongs greatly impacts its value. Additionally, the condition of the bottle, the labeling, and the level of fill are crucial factors in determining its worth.
  3. Sale or Purchase Venue: The platform or venue where you choose to buy or sell the whisky bottle can significantly affect its price. Typically, bottles can be acquired for a lower price at auctions, while retail stores may have higher markups. If selling as a private individual, the most realistic price benchmark is its auction price, although auction commission fees will apply.

Furthermore, by utilizing the Whisky Hunter service, you can independently evaluate the value of your whisky bottle. Our platform offers a thorough analysis and valuable insights to help ascertain the actual market value of your Caol Ila whisky bottle.

The variation in price for the same bottle across different auctions can be attributed to several factors:

  • Diverse Bidder Base: Different auctions attract various types of bidders, each with their own valuation of the bottle, which in turn influences the final price.
  • Geographical Differences: The region in which an auction is held can impact demand, especially if certain Caol Ila releases are scarce or unavailable in specific markets, thus affecting the price.
  • Auction Timing: The timing of an auction can influence price due to external factors such as market trends or seasonal demand.

The profitability of buying or selling a Caol Ila whisky bottle can be impacted by several factors:

  • Geographical Location: Your location can affect both buying and selling opportunities, impacting the overall cost and ease of the transaction.
  • Shipping Logistics: Considering the logistics and costs tied to shipping the bottle for sale or after purchase is vital for making an informed decision.
  • Auction Platforms: Auction platforms often reflect the most accurate market price for buying or selling. However, aspects like commission rates, bidder preferences, and auction timing can result in price variations across platforms.
  • Market Trends: In-depth research into the current market conditions and historical data can aid in identifying trends and forecasting potential opportunities for buying or selling Caol Ila at a favorable price.

Ascertain the most profitable venue for buying or selling a specific bottle requires a careful examination of these factors. Our analysis tools allow you to compare specific bottles across auctions and regions, providing valuable insights. By leveraging these insights and adopting a meticulous, research-driven approach, you can pinpoint opportunities that align with your goals, optimizing profitability and satisfaction in your whisky transactions.

Forecasting the value fluctuation of a Caol Ila whisky over time is a nuanced and uncertain task. Although past auction prices provide historical insights, they don't necessarily indicate future trends. In the short term, like 1-2 months, recent auction cycles might offer a rough estimate of the bottle's value, but long-term projections are significantly more complex.

The price of a Caol Ila whisky is swayed by market demand and supply, influenced by numerous factors including rarity, age, branding, economic conditions, and consumer preferences, all of which are unpredictable. Even in the near future, market behavior can be capricious.

Markets often exhibit cyclical tendencies—following a decline, there might be growth. However, this pattern isn't guaranteed, and investment decisions shouldn't solely hinge on this assumption. It's prudent to consult with whisky investment specialists or utilize analytical tools and data available on platforms like ours to decipher the unique traits and trends of the whisky market.

In summation, whisky investment intertwines both art and science, requiring a profound understanding of the product, market dynamics, and one's investment goals. A balanced approach melding patience, research, and a readiness to navigate the intricacies of the whisky realm may foster rewarding investment experiences. Yet, it's vital to remember, like all investments, inherent risks are involved, and past performance doesn't foretell future outcomes.

Investing in a cask of Caol Ila offers a unique opportunity that could potentially yield profits, albeit with its inherent set of risks and complexities. Here's a detailed examination of various facets to consider:

  1. Unique Investment Avenue:

    Whisky cask investment is a unique venture that can be profitable, yet it necessitates a deep understanding and acceptance of the associated risks.

  2. Storage Considerations:

    Delving into the specifics of cask storage—including costs, conditions, and regulatory compliance—is crucial to ensure optimal maturation conditions.

  3. Ownership Transfer Intricacies:

    Understanding the intricacies involved in the transfer of cask ownership rights, ensuring proper documentation and adherence to legal procedures, is vital to secure your investment.

  4. Fraud Prevention:

    Given the potential for fraud, thorough scrutiny of ownership transfer details and vetting the seller is imperative to mitigate risks.

  5. Auction Acquisitions:

    Acquiring casks at reputable whisky auctions is generally less risky, as auction houses often vet sellers and ensure the legitimacy of the ownership transfer.

  6. Investment Analysis:

    Our platform provides resources to evaluate the viability of investing in a cask of Caol Ila. With data on over 1,000 casks sold or listed at auctions, you can leverage our platform for a thorough analysis. Refer to this blog article on analyzing whisky cask sales at auctions using our platform.

In summation, a cask investment in Caol Ila requires a comprehensive understanding of the whisky market, legal procedures, and the specifics of cask ownership and storage. Platforms like ours can offer valuable insights and data to aid in making an informed investment decision.

The collectibility of a Caol Ila whisky hinges on several factors. Here are some key aspects to ponder:

  • Rarity: Limited editions or discontinued bottles often pique collectors' interest.
  • Brand Prestige: Renowned brands or producers usually hold a higher esteem in the collector's realm.
  • Historical Significance: Bottles linked to notable events or personalities may appreciate in value.
  • Condition and Packaging: The bottle's appearance and packaging, including label, capsule, and box, play a significant role in its valuation.
  • Market Trends: Prevailing market trends and investor sentiment can influence the collectibility of the whisky.
  • Personal Affinity: Your own tastes and the thematic alignment of your collection should steer your decision.

Integrating a bottle of Caol Ila into your whisky collection is fundamentally a personal endeavor, steered by your interests, budget, and collection strategy. Our platform facilitates a thorough exploration of the collectible whisky market, enabling you to compare options and make an enlightened decision that resonates with your objectives.

  • We endeavor to furnish precise and exhaustive data. Utilizing a blend of automated tools and manual verification, our team aggregates information from trustworthy and open sources.
  • Though we prioritize accuracy, it's crucial to recognize that errors, albeit rare, may transpire. Our platform facilitates easy cross-referencing with primary sources, which we highly recommend to affirm the data's validity.
  • Beyond data, we extend analytical tools to help decipher market trends and evaluate a particular bottle's value, aiding you in making informed decisions.

It's pivotal to note that our platform is an informational resource and should be leveraged alongside professional guidance for investment or purchasing decisions. We furnish all data sans liability and underscore that it does not constitute investment advice. It's prudent to assess risks and seek professional counsel when requisite.

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