The Botanist.

Wild. Foraged. Distilled.

22
Foraged Island Botanicals
The first and only Islay dry gin

WILD ISLAY. THE HEBRIDEAN ISLAND HOmE OF THE BOTANIST CLINGS TO THE EDGE OF THE OCEAN IN THE TEETH OF ATLANTIC WEATHER SYSTEmS.

22 FORAGED ISLAND BOTANICALS. HAND-PICKED LOCALLY AND SUSTAINABLY HERE ON ISLAY BY OUR OWN BOTANICAL SCIENTISTS.

PROGRESSIVE HEBRIDEAN DISTILLERS. THE BOTANIST IS THE ESSENCE OF OUR PHILOSOPHY, OUR ART AND OUR PIONEERING SPIRIT.

Wayfarers' world

1st February 2017
by Jane Carswell in Thinking Wild.

On the road there is a linden tree, this is where I first rested to sleep, Under this linden tree, who blew his blossoms over me… [Gustav Mahler transl.]

Sometimes, having a car breakdown on you is a blessing in disguise.

I was forced to walk from a friend's house the other day, and feel it did me a lot of good to move through the world at walking pace, allowing every sense to work, including my balance.  Not only can you stop and taste things along the way, but you can populate your map of the world to the most minute and dynamic level - here's where there are rowan trees, that rowan tree has the best berries, today those buds are showing... You need your judgement, you are autonomous, immediate. The sense of ownership and pride, power actually, that this germinating knowledge gives, seems to me to be a strong matrix for belonging.

It made me think what a valuable thing we have given up in return for travelling greater distances in shortening times; daily learning, rootedness with a constant refresh setting, personalisation, localisation.

I know when the car is fixed I will jump straight into it and off we go again; I'll only watch this world rapidly receding in the rear view mirror. But somewhere in an innocent and ancient corner of my soul, I'll miss it.

 

Related

Articles

Forager Profile - Ellen Zachos

"I recently found out that an interest in mixology is in my genes..."  Ellen Zachos, author of new book "The Wildcrafted Cocktail" shares some of her personal story and perspectives as a forager in America.

Read more

The Mayflower

The month of May has seen an branch-drooping display of the Hawthorn blossom across Islay and apparently across a lot of the UK.

Read more

Fern or Foe

Fiddlehead ferns are seemingly all the rage in farmers markets, especially in the United States.

Read more

Foraged Drinks
Ashley's Collins

This Tom Collins is made floral with fresh elderflower syrup instead of sugar syrup, and a rowan blossom garnish.

Read more

Woodland Witch

20ml The Botanist Gin 20ml Sherry 20 ml Lemon Juice 20ml Woodland Cordial 5ml Cowboy Absinthe

Read more

Pink Gin #22

50 ml The Botanist Gin infused with kale 20 ml Riesling infused with Dulse

Read more

Our Foraging
Here and Now - Winter

A rolling photo essay exploring what's about us at the distillery this week.

Read more

Sea lettuce

Like a lettuce of the sea -  this is a great one to have one your foraging list whether you are a beginner or an experienced salty sea dog.

Read more

Events

The Gin festival experience

Find us at The Gin festival experience at Abbay du Val-saint-Lambert in Seraing, Belgium.

Read more

Gin Sunday

We'll be present at the second edition of the free festival Gin sunday which will take place in Havana distribution at Kontichsesteenweg

Read more

Sampling at John Lewis, Oxford Street, London

Looking for the  chance to combine our two favourite things Gin and shopping?

Read more