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The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin from Bruichladdich

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Distiller Details


Islay, Scotland

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Awards & Recognition

  • 2011 Diamond Prize - Monaco Concours of the Femmes et Spiriteux du Monde,

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THL: What is it?

The Botanist is made in Islay, Scotland by one of the island's top Scotch whisky distilleries. It is the first Islay gin to hit the market, and it will be a hard act to follow as they knocked it out of the park the first try.

THL: Why should you try it?

One would think that the 31 botanicals used in the creation of this stellar gin (22 are native to Islay and locally harvested by hand) would result in a cacophony of flavors. However the perfectly balanced The Botanist is testament to the master distiller’s aptitude for managing an incredibly complex hooch.

THL: Who makes it?

Bruichladdich Distillery is located on the island of Islay, Scotland. They are most famous for their Scotch whisky, including the highly regarded Classic Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky and their Peated Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky. The distillery worked with two local botanists, who identified the native botanicals for the gin — hence the name, The Botanist.

THL: What does it taste like?

The Botanist is a soft, floral gin with flavors of elderflower, peppermint, lemon balm, and chamomile.

THL: How should you drink it?

At many a local watering hole on Islay, The Botanist is served with tonic water and cucumber slices for refreshing Gin & Tonic.

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