British niche line Floris, in collaboration with Kilchoman Distillery, has launched Islay, a new fragrance in the Floris By Request series.
Islay Eau de Parfum is a marriage between Floris, the British perfume house, and Kilchoman, Islay’s first new distillery in over a century. The unisex scent pays homage to the flora of the romantic and isolated Islay and to the wonderful whisky that the Kilchoman family have lovingly produced on the island since 2005. 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.
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 final distillation. Finally the deep base notes of musk, sandalwood and vanilla add a satisfying warmth, longevity and roundness to the fragrance.
Floris London Islay is £180 for 100 ml Eau de Parfum. It is a limited edition; 150 bottles were made.