The Classic Malts of Scotland range was introduced in 1988 by UD (United Distillers), predecessor of Diageo.
It was a selection of six single malt whiskies from the company portfolio, the most representative to the regions of whisky production. The “regions” in the range varied from the official Scotch Whisky Association classifications allowing the company to include more Scotches to the list (neither UDV nor Diageo ever owned a distillery in Campbeltown). The Classic Malts of Scotland range was a tremendous success; in fact it initiated the current popularity of single malts. In the new Century Diageo expanded the range with new expressions and the ‘Coastal Collection’ includes two of those – Caol Ila and Clynelish.
Caol Ila 12 old comes from the largest distillery on Islay; it combines peat smoke with notes of seaweed, lemon peel and certain fruitiness.
Clynelish 14 years old represents Northern Highlands and offers lovely waxiness, fruity sweetness, delicate saltiness and hints of peat.
Talisker 10 years old represents Islands, another powerful whisky with notes of seaweed, iodine, pepper and gentle smokiness.