The Botanist.

Wild. Foraged. Distilled.

22
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.

The Botanist

Is a gin of layered complexity

The Botanist Gin is a progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of our Isle of Islay. 22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels during an achingly slow distillation. This first and only Islay Dry Gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of our remote Scottish island home.

For this, “The Botanist”, small-batch, artisanal Islay gin we use nine of the classic gin aromatics – orris root, cassia bark, coriander seed, etc – and augment these with a heady harvest of 22 local botanicals, hand-picked by our expert foraging team from the windswept hills, peat bogs and Atlantic shores of this Hebridean island of Islay.

This truly seasonal and exotic SERVE is then slow “simmer” distilled in our unique and cherished Lomond pot-still, affectionately known by our former head distiller Jim McEwan as “Ugly Betty”.

Betty prefers to work at low-pressure and won’t be rushed. So our precious botanicals are slowly and gently coaxed into releasing their complex, signature aromatics.

From that first, achingly-slow 17 hour distillation. The result: a highly distinctive, complex, floral gin with outstanding finish and impeccable provenance. In an age of re-badged industrial gins, the Botanist stands out as a truly artisanal, small-batch, hand-crafted labour of love and distiller’s art. A breath of botanical Islay in every glass.

Tasting Notes

By Jim McEwan

BODY – The spirit is satin smooth gliding over the palate like no gin you have ever tried before. A totally seductive experience.

NOSE – The aromas explode like an olfactory Aurora Borealis, filling the senses with meteorites of smell sensations as they explode from the glass. Sweet delicate menthol, apple mint, spring woodlands, juniper, coriander with aniseed undertones, lemon and orange peel, a bouquet of summer flowers on the Machir, honey from thistle, coconut from gorse, wild mint and summer meadows. It’s a magical melody of Islay’s natural bounty from the Atlantic washed beaches to the summit of heather covered hills. Inhale and you’re there on the queen of the Hebrides!

PALATE – The taste is rich and mellow; cool on entry then as it reaches the back palate you can feel the warmth and absolute purity of slow unhurried distillation. This is a bewitching, delectable and luxurious gin; its citrus freshness excites and stimulates the taste buds allowing you to experience a star-burst of flavours as they explode across the palate.

FINISH – All this from a beaten up old pot still, operated by beaten up distillers on the coast of heaven.

MOOD – Carefree. The electric buzz of illicit anticipation.

Buy The Botanist Gin

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
Alc. 46% / Vol. 700ml
£33.00
The Botanist 200ml
Alc. 46% / Vol. 200ml
£13.99

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Articles

The opposite of air miles

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Mark recalls getting into wild edibles, and describes how it is for him now teaching foraging full-time.

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Interview with Caitlin Hill

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Foraged Drinks
The Noble

Noble fir trees have a stunning flavour of grapefruit that pairs wonderfully with gin, reflecting and enhancing the flavours of juniper.

Read more

Wolves of Winter

First create a cold drip infusion of 100g Camomile 90g Rosehip 15g Hyssop 8g Lavender

Read more

Brucchi Atlanticano Islay Vermouth

Ingredients: Handful of Mugwort leaves Handful of Wood Sage leaves Handful of Bog Myrtle leaves

Read more

Our Foraging
Pepper Dulse

While all seaweeds to be found on the shores of the British Isles are edible (there are some toxic ones but they are rare and dwell in th

Read more

Season of the Seedheads

This is the time of year when plant volume ebbs to reveal some of the architecture of the undergrowth.

Read more

What Does Here Taste Like?

'Wherever I go, I forage. It’s a continuing quest for un-buyable flavors and a desire to capture a piece of every new place and literally drink it in. Whether it’s Cape Town or Jerusalem, Islay, Okinawa, or Peoria, Illinois, there are flavors worth exploring.' By our new guest author, Ellen Zachos

Read more

Events

Foraged St Andrews Dinner at The Drugstore Social

Celebrate Saint Andrew's Day on Tuesday 29th November!

Read more

Gin Jubilee Singapore 2016

In Singapore this year, 36 bars are vying for the title of maker of Singapore’s Best Gin & Tonic.

Read more

Ecologically Conscious Exhibition at Farmopolis

Come along and sample some amazing botanical infused cocktails whilst enjoying this wonderful exhibition.

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