The Botanist Islay Dry Gin



Grower: Bruichladdich
Style: Herbaceous / Aromatic
Country: Scotland
Appellation: Islay
Spirit Type: Gin
Alcohol: 46% ABV
Closure: CORK
Bottle Size: 70cl

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Crystal clear in colour. The bouquet is incredibly pungent, resiny pine, juniper and eucalyptus-led with subtle parma violets, heather, candied ginger and sage. The palate is dry, juniper with sappy pine dominating but with an integrated herbal complexity and faint liquorice sweetness. Juniper pine dominance continues in the clean finish with faint lingering parma violets and liquorice.

A 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 cocktail is then slow 'simmer' distilled in our unique and cherished Lomond pot-still, affectionately known by our 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. This was a unique project for Jim. Jim says he had to 'learn a new dance' with Betty, and none of us knew what to expect 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.



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