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Islay, a small Hebridean island in the teeth of the wild Atlantic ocean. Battered by wind and rain and two hours on the ferry from mainland Scotland.

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Distillery

Wild Islay

Islay, a small Hebridean island in the teeth of the wild Atlantic ocean. Battered by wind and rain and two hours on the ferry from mainland Scotland.
4 minute read

Foraging

Foraged Botanicals

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It takes James 7 months every year to personally pick the botanical ingredients for our gin, leaf by leaf, flower by flower, when each plant is in its prime.
4 minute read

History

Wild Food vs. Cultivated Food - Which is Better?

In this series, Andy Hamilton, our longtime writer and collaborator,…
5 minute read

Our Community

allan logan botanist walk

Profile - Production Director Allan Logan

Allan Logan was there the night that gin was first produced…
2 minute read

Recipes

Ham Hock, Hash browns, Quince, Scots Lovage

A New Year's Menu

The Scots call New Year's Eve Hogmanay. It involves the best…
12 minute read

Sustainability

The Botanist Plant Conservation Edition

Plant Conservation Edition

One-fifth of all plant species are threatened with extinction. Our…
4 minute read

Sustainability

Eleanor James juniper fieldwork

Seriously Studying Juniper

We've been working on Islay over the last several years to protect…
4 minute read

Seasonal cocktails

Try a classic gin and tonic or martini with a wild twist.

There’s a recipe for every season, so you can create cocktails with local ingredients inspired by where you are in the world.

The Botanist 50/50 Martini

Dry Martini

75ml/2.5oz The Botanist 15ml/0.5oz Dry Vermouth (chilled…
The Botanist Perfect Martini

Perfect Martini

45ml/1.5oz The Botanist 22.5ml/0.75oz dry vermouth (chilled…
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