The Islay Taste Map by Martine Nouet & Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A taste of Islay
The island of Islay, located just off the west coast of Scotland, is home to no fewer than eight whisky distilleries; Ardbeg,
Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin,
Laphroaig and of course, Bowmore.
Just move your mouse over any of the distillers to see their flavours and if you want more details on any of the distillers click on their name.
To find out more about Martine Nouet and peat click here
Peat is a partially carbonized vegetable tissue formed by partial decomposition in water of various plants, usually mosses, found in bogs. Peat is used as fertilizer and fuel.
The peat bogs on Islay contain marine elements (pebbles, seaweed, shells).
Peat releases smoky aromas - smoke, soot, tar, TCP... but only when burnt. On Islay, peat is often used as fuel to dry malted barley - giving Islay whiskies their distinctive
aromas which range from earth to smoke, from tar to seaweeds, from bonfire to soot.
Martine Nouet, a French journalist and whisky writer known as "The Queen of the Still" in the whisky industry, was carried away by Islay fragrances when she first
visited the island 20 years ago. She now lives on Islay, delighted to breathe in the wonderful flavours reflected in Islay’s whiskies among Earth, Air, Fire and Water.