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The botanist is a gin of layered complexity.

A progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of our isle of Islay. 22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels during an achingly slow distillation. This first and only Islay dry gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of our remote Scottish island.

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

The botanist
is a gin of layered complexity.

A progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of our isle of Islay. 22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels during an achingly slow distillation. This first and only Islay dry gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of our remote Scottish island.

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In the northern hemisphere tis the season for stocking up the larder for winter. Our forager James has been filling his cupboards with surplus veg…

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Foraging was once a way of life for everyone. It’s in our DNA.

Mark Williams teaches us that salt marshes provide coriander grass, sweet sea aster, salty green orache, and the tang of sea plantain…

Craig and Jane foraging in Bridgend woods

Wherever you are in the world, set out to explore.

Craig and Philippa search their urban edge for buttery hogweed, nutty birch leaves, wild mints, and the citrus kick of sorrel…

Islay. The Hebridean home of the botanist clings to the edge of the ocean in the teeth of Atlantic weather systems.

Wild is a state of mind.

Islay. The Hebridean home of the botanist clings to the edge of the ocean in the teeth of Atlantic weather systems.

Wild is a state of mind.

James Donaldson - Forager

22 foraged island botanicals are hand-picked locally and sustainably on Islay across an entire growing season.

We think local. Terroir matters.

Delicately augmenting nine core berries, barks, peels and seeds.


Cassia, Coriander, Juniper, Orange, Cinnamon, Lemon, Licorice, Angelica Root and Orris Root.

The Botanist is the distilled essence of the house of Bruichladdich.

A slow, simmer distillation gently unfolds in a uniquely modified Lomond still. This still, like our 22 island botanicals was “foraged” from the old Inverleven distillery in Dumbarton, Scotland and brought to Islay on a barge.

A Gin of layered complexity.

The spirit is satin smooth, gliding over the palate like no gin you have ever tried before. Think sweet, delicate menthol, apple mint, spring woodlands, juniper, coriander with aniseed undertones, lemon and orange peel, a bouquet of flowers from Machir Bay, honey from thistle, coconut from gorse, water mint and summer meadows…It’s a magical melody of Islay’s natural bounty, from the Atlantic washed beaches to the summit of heather covered hills. The taste is rich and mellow; cool on entry then as it reaches the back palate, you can feel the warmth of slow unhurried distillation. This is a bewitching, delectable and luxurious gin; its citrus freshness excites and stimulates the senses.

Jane making Botanist and tonic drinks

We are rediscovering the flavours hidden in our own back yards.

Botanist and tonic garnished with scented hawthorn blossom and the fresh pea crunch of purple bush vetch.

Embrace the excitement of seasonal change.


Sharon follows the rowan tree’s year – from the marzipan buds of spring, through delicate blossom, to the rich red berry syrups of winter.

Tom Aske making Botanist cocktails

Together we can create something exceptional.

Creative bartenders who forage open up a whole new world of flavours with which to work.

The Botanist Tour

Learn all about our Islay dry gin – its history, production and the 22 foraged island botanicals that give The Botanist it’s exceptional flavour. Visit our gin still, affectionately nicknamed Ugly Betty, then enjoy a gin tasting and learn how to make two cocktails! Over 18’s only.

Let’s explore foraged flavours

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