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

Freezing Edible Flowers - Blossom

Tips for preserving blossom by freezing for later eating and cooking, from the founder of Forage Fine Foods.

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Kelp and Cocoa Ice cream

This is the trifecta of kelp recipes. Unusually, this particular seaweed recipe is for sweet treats and not a sea veg dish.

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Universal Works

Since 2014, we've been involved in celebrating Nottingham-based Universal Works' new seasons collections.

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Foraged Drinks
Sweet Cicely and Spruce Sours

This seasonal sours was created for The Botanist gin tours at the distillery.

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Two Tree Martini

The two tree martini was created for the botanist gin tours at the distillery’s Laddieshop.

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Cherry Blossom Highball

The cherry blossom highball was invented for visitors on our gin t

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Our Foraging
Here and Now - Winter

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

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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.

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Events

The Gin festival experience

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

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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

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Sampling at John Lewis, Oxford Street, London

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

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