The Botanist.

Wild. Foraged. Distilled.

22
Foraged Island Botanicals
The first and only Islay dry gin

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

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

Carbonated Spruce Gimlet

The recipe for a wild native twist on a classic Gimlet.

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New sizes of The Botanist include a Magnum

We are delighted to be able to announce that we have introduced a number of new sizes for The Botanist, the first and only Islay Dry Gin.

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Richard and Mavis Retire

We enjoyed a very splendid cake last week, to mark the retirement of our botanical scientists Dr. Richard and Mavis Gulliver.

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Foraged Drinks
Gin Hog Zinger

An original cocktail made by Fraser for today's Botani

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Live Reviver

This is a really simple foraged cocktail, that uses the proportions of the corpse reviver, hence it's name.

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Belmont Berry Fleur

We adapted this recipe from Harry Cr

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Our Foraging
The Rumex Cube

It was only recently that I discovered you could eat dock. My way in was through the stems. 

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Kate's Wild Rosehip Syrup

Rosehips are one of autumn and winter’s brightest hedgerow bounty.  In the UK, our gardens, school yards and pathways are surrounded in s

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How to Make Infused Gin

Our homemade rose petal-infused gin has been a hit as of late on the Laddieshop's Botanist tours.

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Events

TASTE Festival

The Botanist, Islay’s first and only dry gin will be offering a wild experience like no other at TASTE Festive this year, bringing Islay

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Shadow Session 8 at Chambar, Vancouver

Live at Chambar restaurant, Vancouver, Canada Join them on Thursday 16th November

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London Cocktail Week dinners at Sager + Wilde

After a recent trip to see us at the distillery on Islay and come out foraging, Chris Leach, head chef at Paradise Row, and Marcis Dzelza

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