ABOUT: Although distilled at a distillery better known for Scotch (Bruichladdich) and in a region of the world better known for Scotch (the Southern reaches of the Hebridean islands), The Botanist Gin is no Islay Scotch. Rather, The Botanist Gin is an exploration of Hebridean flora.
HISTORY: In 2011, what the Bruichladdich distillery was still rather unusual. Foraged botanicals are commonplace in gins that make a statement of place. Of the massive 31 botanicals in The Botanist, a full twenty-two of them are locally foraged and they range from the quotidian (spearmint) to the hardy, weedy, and unusual in gin (yellow bedstraw).
TASTING NOTES: Dispel the notion that an excess of botanicals means you can’t have a classic gin nose. Aromas of plenty of Juniper, Lemon and Orange Zest mingle with Meadowsweet and Woodruff.
The texture of the spirit is characterized by a slightly oily, pleasant palate-coating presence.
Cool Mint and Juniper, slightly Pine-forward at first. Citrus, primarily Lemon Zest on the early mid-palate before Sweet Spices and Floral elements come through, followed by Woodruff, Chamomile and Herbs de Provence. Warm Juniper reappears late with echoes of Tonka-Vanilla Cream, Licorice and Birch Bark. Fairly long, dry finish with a gentle, pleasing astringency.
COCKTAIL IDEAS: This Gin will make an exceptionally lovely Aviation or Clover Club Cocktail, and will also make for a delicious Gimlet or Gin & Tonic.
In mixed drinks, The Botanist Islay Dry Gin adds a pleasant Floral and Herbal under-note to the gentle Juniper-forward profile it already brings.