The Botanist.

Wild. Foraged. Distilled.

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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.

Distilled

The First and Only Islay Dry Gin

The First and Only Islay Dry Gin

THE BOTANIST IS A GIN OF LAYERED COMPLEXITY. A PROGRESSIVE EXPLORATION OF THE BOTANICAL HERITAGE OF OUR ISLE OF ISLAY.

NINE CLASSIC GIN BOTANICALS ARE AUGMENTED BY 22 LOCAL HERBS AND FLOWERS, FORAGED RESPONSIBLY AND BY HAND FROM THE HILLS, SHORES AND BOGS OF THIS FERTILE HEBRIDEAN ISLAND BY OUR OWN BOTANICAL SCIENTISTS.

The 22

The 22

APPLE MINT, SWEET CHAMOMILE, CREEPING THISTLE, DOWNY BIRCH, ELDER, GORSE (WHIN), HAWTHORN, HEATHER, JUNIPER, LADY'S BEDSTRAW, LEMON BALM, MEADOWSWEET, MUGWORT, RED CLOVER, SPEAR MINT, SWEET CICELY, BOG MYRTLE (SWEET GALE), TANSY, WATER MINT, WHITE CLOVER, WILD THYME, WOOD SAGE.

The Bass Tones

The Bass Tones

JIM TALKS OF AN ORCHESTRAL QUALITY TO THE BOTANIST, IN WHICH THE DELICATE HIGH FLORAL NOTES OF THE ISLAY BOTANICALS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY RICH BASS TONES PROVIDED BY NINE BARKS, BERRIES, SEEDS AND PEELS.

The Lomond Still

The Lomond Still

DISTILLATION TAKES PLACE AT A GENTLE SIMMER IN OUR CHERISHED LOMOND POT STILL THAT JIM HAS EXTENSIVELY ADAPTED TO SLOW THE PROCESS AND PROMOTE REFLUX.

RECOVERED IN 2005 FROM THE OLD INVERLEVEN DISTILLERY BY DUNCAN McGILLIVRAY AND HIS TEAM, IT WAS FLOATED ROUND TO ISLAY ON A BARGE AND INSTALLED AT BRUICHLADDICH.

The Distillation

The Distillation

THE DISTILLATION OF THE BOTANIST IS A SLOW, SLOW PROCESS.

ONLY THE PUREST AND LIGHTEST VAPOURS ENTER THE LYNE ARM TO REACH THE CASKET CONTAINING THE DELICATE ISLAY BOTANICALS.

The Classic Serves

The Classic Serves

THE MINIMALIST CLASSICS ILLUSTRATE THE BOTANICAL COMPLEXITY AND SOPHISTICATION OF THIS EXCEPTIONAL SPIRIT.

THESE ARE THE NECESSARY STARTING POINTS FOR A TRUE GIN AFICIONADO.

Articles

Homemade Sherbet

Make your own foraged sherbet; a simple recipe for finger-dipping, glass-decorating, dessert-finishing fizzy flavour, from guest author on Islay, Kate.

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Thoughts on Wild Flavour

It's like expanding your horizons and tightening your focus at the same time.

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Foraging - it takes your brain to another dimension

"Wood sage. That’s when I knew it was falling into place. That and the chanting..." First thoughts of our new team member at The Botanist, James.

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Foraged Drinks
The Jenna McEachern

Jenna works in our warehouse stocks team and celebrated a significant but still youthful birthday on Friday.

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Lemonbalm Collins

Lemonbalm is really lovely. In the mint family, it has tiny white flowers just now, smaller than a dead nettle but similar shape.

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The Applemint

We have been growing Applemint in the window boxes and planters around the distillery.

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Our Foraging
Beginner's Tinctures

Despite having grown up on Islay, I was never one to take an interest in the wildlife around me - something that became a regret after I

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Academy Garden Absinthe - v1

Isn't the spirit of DIY that permeates this distillery just irresistable?

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Here and Now - a lunchtime walk

A lunchtime stroll around the distillery perimeter yesterday revealed all sorts of edible plants, at an interesting intersection of promi

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Events

Universal Works Present: Designability

Revolution is a catalyst for innovation: political, physical, intellectual and artistic.

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Mistress Madness

Join our brand ambassador for South Africa, Caitlin Hill, for a range of cocktails at the Orphanage Cocktail Emporium on August 8th at 7p

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Foraging Walks with the RSPB on Islay

The Botanist and RSPB Scotland have a shared mission on Islay, to connect people with the natural environment around them.

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