The Botanist.

Wild. Foraged. Distilled.

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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

Richard and Mavis Retire

We enjoyed a very splendid cake last week, beautifully baked by Katie to mark the retirement of our botanical scientists Dr.

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Carrot Family Bitters

There are members of the carrot family growing wild and in abundance that are potentially fatal - you must be able to tell apart the diff

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Wormwood - A love affair & DIY Absinthe

A romance can last a few hours or a few decades. Short ones can burn so brightly that they forever brand themselves inside your soul.

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Foraged Drinks
Nettled Tom Collins

Nettle is a great flavour for sweetness and nose-tickling freshness.

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Hog Reviver

This is a basic corpse reviver number 2 but with hogweed seed tincture rather than absinthe, and finished with a hogweed seed garnish.

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Islay Bramble

We wanted to make a bramble cockt

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Our Foraging
How to Make Infused Gin

Our homemade rose petal-infused gin has been a hit as of late on the Laddieshop's Botanist tours, having been used in a couple of our

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A Scratch Grenadine

Creating a substitute for grenadine from five common native plants of the season. Try it! Full recipe here.

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Beginner's Cocktail Syrups

While a traditional gin and tonic tends to be my drink of choice, I do have much love for cocktails - so I was very excited to find out t

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Events

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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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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