The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
70cl / 46%
An exciting and unusual gin from Islay whisky distillery Bruichladdich, The Botanist is made in a Lomond still christened Ugly Betty and contains no fewer than 31 botanicals, of which 22 are native to the Southern Hebridean island itself. These latter include the likes of mugwort, meadowsweet and the enigmatic Lady's Bedstraw flowers, and the resultant dry gin is described, perhaps unsurprisingly, as 'floral'.
Winner of TWE Spirit of the Year 2013-14
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin Reviews
Tasting Notes by Rocky
Nose: Complex and overtly floral nose with elderflower and mint being the two botanicals that really start to stand out above the crowd after a few minutes.
Palate: A rich yet silky smooth gin that is a rare beast in that it is pleasant to drink neat. A citrus note from the lemon balm is prominent throughout, balanced by a smorgasbord of floral flavours from the many botanicals used. Sometimes too many ingredients can be a bad thing, but in this case the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
Finish: Long and complex, with the botanicals slowly disappearing, one by one to leave a lovely minty freshness at the very end.
Comment: I can count the number of gins I have enjoyed neat on one hand and this is one of them. However it’s versatile too and can stand up to Fentiman’s tonic as well as making a deliciously floral martini. Betty’s not done badly for an old girl!
Body: The spirit is satin smooth gliding over the palate like no gin you have ever tried before. A totally seductive experience.
Nose: 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’re there on the queen of the hebrides!
Palate: 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.
Finish: All this from a beaten up old pot still, operated by beaten up distillers on the coast of heaven.
27 Customer Reviews
This is the finest gin on the market if your tipple is a classic gin martini. Incredibly clean & pure of taste, I keep mine in the freezer. Gently stir in a ratio of 3-1 with dry vermouth, topped with a fresh olive and you are instantly whisked back to the 1920s. Accept no other!
Gorgeous. Packaging beautiful; already reused the bottle for damson gin! Like to see small distilleries producing interesting blends and unique; like the island itself! Need another bottle to try neat as recommended!
Quite possibly the finest gin in existence..
I am not a Gin Drinker but Boy Oh Boy this is so smooth,well worth the money but you must buy decent tonic water and have it with Lime not Lemon.
Truly an excellent product and your service and delivery were first class
Not for me. The other half likes it though.
Good gin from a great distillery, like with other Scottish small batch gins the flavours are subtle and will be a bit lost with the introduction of a mixer, even a tonic. So this is one of the few gins I recommend to drink neat. It has a wonderful complex flavour and is very rewarding to sip and dissect much like a Laddie whisky! 86/100
Received as a gift for my 70th birthday. It was worth the wait!
Bought this for her indoors thinking "gin is woman fodder" Boy was I wrong. This is a beautiful Gin. Don't overdo tonic etc, it needs to be savoured. Another bottle is on the cards methinks.
An outstanding spirit, without doubt the best of all Gins. Many are great but the Botanist is the greatest of all. We love it.