THE BOTANIST ISLAY GIN
46% ABV, 750 ml
The Botanist Gin is a small-batch, artisanal Islay Dry Gin combining nine classic gin botanicals with a further twenty two others that are local to the island. With 31 botanicals, one could easily think that the gin might be a confusing mess, but thankfully – it’s anything but.
As the name suggests, discussing The Botanist is first and foremost a discussion around the botanicals they use and how they distil them. To begin with, the team source 9 classic botanicals (juniper berries, angelica root, cassia bark, cinnamon bark, coriander seed, lemon peel, orange peel, liquorice root and orris root) from around the world. They then bring together a further 22 locally sourced botanicals, hand picked by foragers who search across the hills, bogs and shores of Islay to find apple mint birch leaves, downy birch, bog myrtle leaves, sweet chamomile, creeping thistle flowers, elderflower, gorse flowers, heather flowers, hawthorn flowers, juniper (prostrate) berries, Lady’s Bedstraw flowers, lemon balm, meadowsweet, spearmint leaves, mugwort leaves, red clover flowers, sweet cicely leaves, tansy, thyme leaves, water mint leaves, white clover and finally wood sage leaves