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Discover our beautifully balanced gin and look further with The Botanist
When we looked beyond boundaries and expectations, we found a world of possibility. Every day, we challenge ourselves to see the world in this light. Now, we invite you to discover our beautifully balanced gin and look further with The Botanist.
What does it mean to look further?
When we set out to capture the essence of Islay, we looked at things in a new light. How could we create a gin of beautiful balance and satin smoothness, the very first of its kind from Islay? Something that evoked the feeling of being there, like the sweet scent of the gorse bloom in the air on the first days of spring. The earthy aromas of a woodland walk after the rain. The herbaceous fragrance as the wind blows across an open moor. A gin that would honour our island’s reputation for creating the highest quality spirits, revered the world over…
We saw past the sea of green that graced the landscape, carefully selecting 22 aromatic botanicals from our playground, 240 square miles of Hebridean paradise. We chose plants that were abundant and could be foraged sustainably and by hand. We had in our possession an abandoned old Lomond still, that was destined for the scrapheap, before we intervened. With a bit of imagination and a few masterful modifications, Ugly Betty, as our still came to be known, was ready. We called upon the centuries old expertise of our distillers, asking them to look beyond the conventions of whisky to help us realise our vision.
We asked ourselves what could happen if equal value was placed on people, planet, and profit, if business was used as a force for good? Through challenging ourselves to do things differently, we achieved B Corp certification, exploring ways to create conscientiously and to give back. And at the heart of all of our decisions is our community, our biggest asset, and one we continue to celebrate every single day.