Color: Light gold fragrance: docile, citric fruit flavor, fresh. Light smoke. Dilute with water and you have a chess game like almond oil and oilcloth. The fresh fruit flavor still emerges. Then there are the dried flowers.
Tasting: initially sweet, light and aromatic smoke, smooth, pleasant palate; Dilute with water to produce light acidity, saltiness and sweetness. Complex balance with main flavors.
aftertaste: Lingering, sweet smoke.
Story of Coal Ila
Caol Ila’s distillery character manages to combine a fresh pear note, grassiness, a hint of juniper and distinct notes of the seashore – lobster shells, crab creels and gentle smoke. Although it receives the same spec of malt as sister distillery Lagavulin, Caol Ila’s distillation regime – longer fermentation, higher cut point, taller stills – helps to reduce the heavy phenols. Maturation for the single malt is in refill casks. The unpeated variant is equally delicate, with a fresh, estery and almost floral lift. In 2018, Diageo revealed plans to spend £150m on upgrading tourism facilities, including a new brand home for Johnnie Walker in Edinburgh, and improved visitor centres at Caol Ila, plus Clynelish, Cardhu and Glenkinchie, representing regional styles present in Walker.