‘ISLAY Eau de Parfum’ is a marriage between Floris, the British perfume house, and Kilchoman, Islay’s first new distillery in over a century. Inspired by the tasting notes and deep flavours of the rich amber liquor, as well as the beautiful island itself, Floris x Kilchoman is a nod to the trend for contemporary whisky drinking.
Off the west coast of Scotland, lies the remote island of Islay, described as the Queen of the Hebrides. An outcrop of Scotland where the wind sweeps across the mosslands and rugged gorse and the refreshing sea spray dances across the barley fields.
With its stunning scenery, rich cultural history and world-renowned distilleries producing the nest peaty, smoky whiskies, enjoyed all over the world.
In 2017, Edward Bodenham, 9th generation of British family perfumers Floris, explored this coveted island after developing a scent based around a single peaty fragrance accord. This exploration led to, ‘Islay’ Eau de Parfum. Allowing Edward full access to the creation process of Kilchoman’s now famed whisky collection created the perfect backdrop to develop a unique and authentic fragrance.
The unisex scent pays homage to the ora of the romantic and isolated Islay and to the wonderful whisky that the Kilchoman family have lovingly produced on the island since 2005.
Earthy green top notes of galbanum bring to mind the wild, windswept gorse hedgerows of Islay complimented by bergamot highlighting the Machir Bay whisky’s initial citrus character. Orris adds a smooth and soft floral note found in the ‘100% Islay’ whisky blend whilst adding balance to the rich, rugged peaty accord of cade oil and patchouli which is a prominent facet of the scent, representing the signature peaty note of both the ‘Machir Bay’ and ‘100% Islay’ blends. Amber brings a glowing warmth and a soft fruitiness, whilst cedarwood adds extra character and depth interpreting the important process of the whisky’s maturing casks within the nal distillation. Finally the deep base notes of musk, sandalwood and vanilla add a satisfying warmth, longevity and roundness to the fragrance.