History Features

Discover the history behind The Botanist gin, learn about its inspiration and the people who created it.

Duncan MacGillivray above the distillery on Islay

How The Botanist Came to Be - Part 1

The Botanist was born of a mixture of strong personalities,…
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Inside the stillhouse

How the Botanist Came to Be - Part 2

Continuing the story of the creation of The Botanist Gin on…
8 minute read
Bottling The Botanist in Islay

How The Botanist Came to Be - Part 3

After we distil The Botanist, it’s time to house it in the…
4 minute read
plant families

Plant Families

Plant families cross the world. They connect a thing that is…
5 minute read

Are plants more cleverer than humans?

8 minute read


Terpenes are the bringers of rain, the means of communication between bacteria and fungi, they can cheer us up and they can be key in what we smell and taste.
5 minute read

Myrcene - the wonder Terpene

6 minute read
edible summer flowers prep in kitchen

Freezing edible Summer flowers

Liz Knight of forage fine foods advises which edible summer flowers freeze well, and shares ideas about ways to use them at a later date.
5 minute read
Freezing flowers - edible cherry blossom

Freezing Edible Flowers - Blossom

4 minute read
foraged Islay plants, ingredients in the botanist gin

What Plants Are in The Botanist Gin?

The plants, or "botanicals" foraged on Islay were chosen for both their individual properties and for how they complemented one another.
4 minute read
edible flowers violets

Edible flowers you can freeze - early spring

At the core of my little preserving business are edible flowers; most of my products I make play host to flowers gathered in their prime, full of perfume & promise.
5 minute read
foraged liquorice fern bitters Ellen zachos

Make Your Own Bitters

Anyone who appreciates a craft cocktail knows that bitters are essential to the well-stocked liquor cabinet.
4 minute read
artemisia absinthium

The Louche effect and anethole

The Louche effect shows what happens when a drink containing anethole has water added to it.
5 minute read
ellen tinctures - yarrow

Seasonal Tinctures

5 minute read
finished tinctures by Ellen Zachos

Tinkering with Tinctures

Ellen Zachos first learned to make tinctures years ago as a botany student at the New York Botanic Garden
5 minute read
Pinene is found in spruce

Pining for Pinene

A look at Pinene flavour compound and the opportunities it offers for flavour combinations, by chef Craig Grozier.
6 minute read
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