Music and Islay Drams with Martine

Martine Nouet, French connoisseur of whisky, has made Islay her home. She not only writes on food and whisky but she likes to explore all sensory avenues in her whisky tasting sessions. Martine has discovered that the emotions and the images that whisky aromas evoke are even stronger when the senses respond. A tasting hosted in London in October 2012 showed how whisky can be “painted” when two young artists visually interpreted the “organoleptic” description given by Martine. More recently, during Feis Ile, the sensory expression focused on dance in a session titled “Dancing Drams”. This time four great Islay whiskies were brilliantly illustrated by dancer Paula Davidson through four styles of dance.

Given the success of the Music and Whisky Tasting hosted last year at Islay Hotel in Port Ellen, Cantilena musicians and Martine Nouet have decided to play it again. This is a unique sensory experience that enhances both the appreciation of music and whisky. Each of Islay single malts on the tasting menu can be savoured to a piece of music played by the Cantilena Chamber Music Group. Angus Ramsay, director of Cantilena and Martine have joined forces to select the most appropriate music for each malt whisky.

The Music and Whisky tasting is a fundraising initiative by the Friends of Cantilena Islay in support of the Festival. All are welcome on Tuesday 2nd July at 3.30 pm at Islay Hotel in Port Ellen. Drivers unable to take part in the whisky tasting will be given samples to take home. For further information please go to Martine’s new website

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