Interview: Master Perfumer and Royal Salute 21 Whisky Consultant Barnabé Fillion

Exploring the ways in which scent combinations create and evoke memories

We know that the brain employs scent to trigger memories and feelings. Without your olfactory system running properly, smelling certain things would be difficult—and, of course, food and drinks would taste different too. Perhaps most importantly, your brain wouldn’t create lasting memories in the same way. On a  recent trip to Dubai, we spoke with master perfumer and Royal Salute 21 whisky consultant, Barnabé Fillion …

Royal Salute 21’s “Luckiest of Dreams” Cocktail

An age statement Scotch-based drink buoyant enough for summer

For anyone wary of Scotch cocktails, Royal Salute—the superb Speyside blend aged a minimum of 21 years—offers a solution. And, uncommonly, it makes for a delightful warm weather sipper. The “Luckiest of Dreams” cocktail carries some heft with 50ml of the whisky (roughly 1.6 ounces) at its core. An aromatized apricot stock syrup (recipe also included here), however, adds levity to palate without dulling it …