The Botanist Dry Gin
- Dry Gin
- Scotland, 700ml
An elegant, soft, balanced gin. On the nose, sweet delicate menthol, apple mint, spring woodlands, juniper, coriander with aniseed undertones, lemon and orange peel, a bouquet of summer flowers. 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 starburst of flavours as they explode across the palate.
- Distillery: Bruichladdich Distillery
- Type: Dry Gin
- Region: Islay, Scotland
- Alcohol: 46%
- Volume: 700ml
- Other: Gluten Free, Vegan-Friendly
- Goes with: Neat or over ice, premium tonic, citrus/mint garnish
Created at the Bruichladdich distillery, this superb Islay gin was distilled in the 'ugly betty' still described as "an oversized upside-down dustbin made of copper" by Tom Morton. A huge 31 botanicals go into The Botanist, 22 of which are foraged and native to Islay. Very good looking bottle for a gin - it's not all style and no substance either. This is a world-class gin, at a proper ABV.
From Bruichladdich comes the first, and currently only, Islay dry gin. It’s fair to say that the distillery is better known for creating whisky, primarily with an approach that emphasises provenance and progression. Given that fact, some may bristle at the idea of Bruichladdich making gin, but rest assured: it’s an interesting and quality spirit that should please gin and whisky fans alike.
The Botanist brand began as an exploration of botanicals, hence the name, and of the heritage of the island. This entails a commitment to hand-forged, local ingredients. Bruichladdich currently distils its only gin in a low-pressure Lomond pot-still, affectionately named ‘Ugly Betty’. The process takes around three times longer than the traditional gin production process, meaning it takes around 17 hours to complete.
The still was designed in 1955 by Alistair Cunningham, a chemical engineer and draftsman Arthur Warren. They created the Lomond still (which is the last of its type in existence) with a thick, column-like neck that could imitate the effect of different still neck lengths through three extra removable sections. When Bruichladdich team began to make gin it added a bespoke botanical basket.
Initially, 15,000 bottles of The Botanist were released in 2010 and more followed thanks to a huge response to the liquid. It isn’t quite possible to create a consistent liquid year after year as the recipe had to account for seasonal effects and the wild nature of the crops that are foraged.
- Silver - 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition - London Dry Gin
- Silver - 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition - Gin
- Silver - 2016 The Gin Masters (The Spirits Business) - Super Premium
- Bronze - 2019 International Spirits Challenge - Super Premium Gin
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