The Botanist Gin

Wild. Foraged. Distilled.

From the Progressive Hebridean Whisky Distillery – Bruichladdich, comes The Botanist – a gin of layered complexity, an exploration of the botanical heritage of the Isle of Islay. Bruichladdich is driven by people, people who challenge the boundaries, who love to explore. These Distillers explored the boundaries beyond whisky to create The Botanist, the first and only Islay Dry Gin.

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It is difficult to overemphasise the importance of his native island to Jim McEwan (former Master Distiller of Bruichladdich), so it was natural for him to conceive of a gin inspired by the land he loves. By serendipitous fortune, two professional botanists, Dr. Richard and Mrs. Mavis Gulliver lived on Islay, and so Jim contacted them in his quest to create the first and only Islay dry gin. Richard and Mavis introduced Jim to around 33 herbs, leaves and flora that could be sustainably foraged on the island. From these, Jim selected the 22 he believed would give him the extraordinary potpourri of flavour that he was looking for his gin. These 22 hand foraged, sustainably sourced, local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels during a slow, gentle distillation in the modified Lomond Still.

Tasting notes

The spirit is satin smooth gliding over the palate like no gin you have ever tried before. A totally seductive experience.

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 are there on the queen of the Hebrides!

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 star-burst of flavours as they explode across the palate.

All this from a beaten up old pot still, operated by beaten up distillers on the coast of heaven.




200mL, 700mL, 1.5L

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