The Botanist Gin Review
On opening the bottle, youre confronted by a delightful aroma. Ive had The Botanist many times before, but its not something Ill ever tire of. Theres a nice hit of juniper, and the citrus peel from the core botanicals also makes an early showing. That heady and floral botanical mix is also there though theres a lovely subtlty and clean quality on the nose.
To taste, theres an earthier quality that also comes through in this gin. The warmth of the cinnamon and coriander lay a solid foundation alongside the juniper for those lighter botanicals. The citrus is still there in the background too. With 22 hand-foraged botanicals it would always be quite difficult to pick them out individually , but hats off to the distillers here The Botanist Gin is a triumph of balance.
How to serve The Botanist Gin
The best serve for The Botanist Gin? This is a versatile gin, and one that you could use as a base for cocktails. Its also very well crafted, and balanced as we note above. It therefore makes for a great drink over ice, and it already features on our list of favourite gins that are good to drink neat.
Overall, I would thoroughly recommend you try The Botanist Gin if you havent already. Its a gin thats proud of its island home and its heritage, and all that those can offer, and that pride shines through in a quality drink.
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Bruichladdich Distillery The Botanist Gin Overview
Although mostly recognised for their whiskeys, the Bruichladdich Distillery in the Scottish Isle of Islay has produced what can only be described as a brilliant gin in The Botanist.The gin includes a huge 31 botanicals in total, 22 of which are locally foraged on the island of Islay.
Some notable botanicals in this gin include, Angelica root, Apple Mint, Birch leaves, Bog Myrtle leaves, Cassia bark, Sweet Chamomile, Cinnamon bark, Coriander seed, Creeping Thistle flowers. Elder flowers, Gorse flowers, Heather flowers, Hawthorn flowers, Juniper berries, Ladys Bedstraw flowers, Lemon Balm, Lemon peel, Liquorice root, Meadow Sweet, Orange peel, Orris root, Peppermint leaves, Mugwort leaves, Red Clover flowers, Sweet Cicely leaves, Tansy, Thyme leaves, Water Mint leaves, White Clover and Wood Sage leaves.
The gin is processed for 17 hours in its still nicknamed Ugly Betty, this seems from the outset very lengthy compared to other gin processing times of around 8-10 hours. However, we believe that combined with the low-pressured, Lomond still is what helps better infuse the botanicals allowing for a smooth but flavourful, layered taste experience.
22 Foraged Island Botanicals are hand-picked locally and sustainably on Islay across an entire growing season. We think local. Terroir matters.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 70cl
- Made from 9 classic gin botanicals and 22 local herbs and flowers
- A highly distinctive, complex, floral gin
- Simmer distilled, under very low pressure for a rare explosion of flavour
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A Gin Of Layered Complexity
The spirit is satin smooth, gliding over the palate like no gin you have ever tried before. Think sweet, delicate menthol, apple mint, spring woodlands, juniper, coriander with aniseed undertones, lemon and orange peel, a bouquet of flowers from Machir Bay, honey from thistle, coconut from gorse, water mint and summer meadowsIts a magical melody of Islays natural bounty, from the Atlantic washed beaches to the summit of heather covered hills. The taste is rich and mellow cool on entry then as it reaches the back palate, you can feel the warmth of slow unhurried distillation. This is a bewitching, delectable and luxurious gin its citrus freshness excites and stimulates the senses.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
Islay, the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides islands off the coast of Scotland is where The Botanist is distilled. It takes it’s name from the wild local botanicals which are used in the recipe, and from the local botanists who collect them.
This gin is truly of the Island, and a real exploration through taste and experience of the Hebridean Flora.
The 22 native, hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment more traditional gin botanicals . These 22 are, Apple Mint, Chamomile, Creeping Thistle, Downy Birch, Elder, Gorse, Hawthorn, Heather, Juniper, Lady’s Bedstraw, Lemon Balm, Meadowsweet, Mugwort, Red Clover, Spear Mint, Sweet Cicely, Bog Myrtle , Tansy, Water Mint, White Clover, Wild Thyme and Wood Sage.
The achingly slow distillation happens in a Lomond Still . The still is brought to temperature . The core botanicals are then layered in the still and let to steep for twelve hours. After this time, the still temperature is increased to simmering point and the island botanicals are infused. These are held in loosely woven muslin sacks through which the vapours easily pass.
This has a classical gin aroma. Plenty of pine from the juniper, along with a citrus note and a touch of floral from meadowsweet and woodruff.
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The Botanist Gin Club
This beauty is a homage to long hot summer days swooping in to be the saviour with the lightest and freshest tastes. The Botanist Club cocktail is magical in that you cannot quite put your finger on what exactly it tastes like.
The elderflower cordial with the fresh lemon adds a slightly sweet note, with the grapefruit looming like a mystical taste in the background being infused with the gin and then also used fresh. The gin itself is so subtly masked with the grapefruit, shaped to such gentle curves itll change the way you see gin forever. Think you dont have what it takes to make this simple, sophisticated summer sipper? Heres all you need to do!
- 50ml Grapefruit infused The Botanist gin
- 25ml Green elderflower cordial
Shake all ingredients. Fine strain into glass.
Notes: Substitute Peppermint Pélargonium with mint
Where To Buy The Botanist Gin
In the UK, you can , or via the link below. You can also but it direct from The Botanist website here, in many bottle sizes. Check out their other gifts too, such as highball glass tumblers, stainless-steel straws and aprons.
For reader in the US and Canada, the good news is that you can buy The Botanist from Drizly by clicking here.
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