Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music is a wonderful opportunity to introduce lots of our guests to new concepts like the botanist tent. The idea of using foraged botanicals to create gin cocktails is still new to many. These range from simple foraged twists and garnishes to accompany a classic G&T (should that be B&T?) – to complex cocktails involving hand-crafted and foraged shrubs, syrups, cordials and infusions.
To say that The Botanist tent looked spectacular during Laddieday on Sunday 22nd May would be an understatement. It was bedecked, lined and hung with a deliciously scented array of plants, including some that are members of the famous ’22’ island botanicals that are used in the distillation of The Botanist. We had Water mint (Mentha aquatica), Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Apple mint (Mentha x villosa), Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Gorse (Ulex europaeus), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Spearmint (Mentha spicata) and Bog Myrtle (Myrica gale).