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!
The Botanist small-batch, artisanal Islay Gin is a progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of the Isle of Islay.
22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels. This mixture is hand-picked by an expert foraging team from the windswept hills, peat bogs and Atlantic shores of this Hebridean island of Islay. This first and only Islay Dry Gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of this remote Scottish island.
This truly seasonal and exotic serve is then slow “simmer” distilled in unique and cherished Lomond pot-still, affectionately known by their former head distiller Jim McEwan as “Ugly Betty”.
Betty prefers to work at low-pressure and won’t be rushed. So the precious botanicals are slowly and gently coaxed into releasing their complex, signature aromatics.
After an 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.
1 x 70cl in Presentation Box