The Whisky flavour map originally put together by whisky expert David Broom, together with Diageo is a superb way of finding whiskies to suit your palette, from light smokier whiskies in the top left to richer more delicate malts in the lower right. Now it’s available as an SVG making it evebn easier to can buy your favourite whiskies straight from Master of Malt or the Whisky Exchange.
Top Left: Light & Smoky Whiskies
Typically whiskies in the upper part of this corner have the more medicinal, drier smoke notes. Malts towards the left tend to display simpler almost mono-dimensional characteristics.
Top Right: Rich & Smoky Whiskies
Whiskies in this corner of the map will be the most pungent with rich sweet peat-smoke notes and be bigger bodied. Generally, the further out from the centre of the map, the more intense this character becomes.
Bottom Left: Light & Delicate Whiskies
This section of the map will tend to account for a lot of whiskies. As malts occupying positions further from the centre of the map, having no peat smoke overtones, the flavour balances are more intricate. Generally, the further from the centre, the most tantalising and elusive the aromas become and the more subtle the flavour.
Bottom Right: Rich & Delicate Whiskies
You might expect a contradiction here – rich and delicate? In reality, whiskies which find themselves here have flavour combinations rather than contradictions; clean sweetness with delicate hints of pine freshness or toffee with hints of pear fruit. The further towards the corner, the greater the contrasts may become.