The Botanist, Scottish Gin From Islay
The only gin from Islay, which happens to be from Bruichladdich Distillery, possibly the most experimental distillery in Scotland. This gin is progresively establishing itself as one of the best in the world; a perfect balance of juniper and 22 hand foraged local botanicals from the island. This gin is a must try!
The once mothballed Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay is better known for its idiosyncratic and eclectic range of single malts. They turned their hand to make a gin that is famous the world over. Here's a historical note on the gin experiment:
“Botanist gin came about because we are curious about distilling. For us it is not a question of merely pushing buttons, we like to test our distilling skills, we are intrigued. With Trestaraig and X4 we have explored triple and quadruple distillation, so with a Lomond still that we had liberated from Inverleven in 2003, we were wondering how to use it. It was an experimental still, the first of its kind and now the last”. Mark Reynier, CEO
The resulting gin uses nine of the classic gin aromatics – including orris root, cassia bark, coriander seed, and augments these with a heady harvest of 22 wild, native island botanicals, hand-picked by Bruichladdich’s expert foraging team from the windswept hills, peat bogs and Atlantic shores of this Hebridean island of Islay. These include wild Islay Juniper, Elderflower, Bog Myrtle, Tansy, Hawthorn Flower, Birch Leaves, White Clover, Sweet Cicely and Lady's Bedstraw, amongst others.
This truly seasonal and exotic cocktail is then slow "simmer" distilled in the Lomond Pot Still, nicknamed "Ugly Betty". Head distiller, Jim McEwan explains, “Betty prefers to work at low-pressure and won’t be rushed. So our precious botanicals are slowly and gently coaxed into releasing their complex, signature aromatics. Jim says he had to "learn a new dance" with Betty, and none of us knew what to expect from that first, achingly-slow 17 hour distillation.
The result: a highly distinctive, complex, floral gin with outstanding finish and impeccable provenance. In an age of re-badged industrial gins, the Botanist stands out as a truly artisanal, small-batch, hand-crafted labour of love and distiller's art. A breath of botanical Islay in every glass.
700ml | 46% ABV | Islay, Scotland