The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

70cl / 46%
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin / (Bruichladdich)
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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. The 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

  • 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!

  • Producer's Note

    Colour: Quicksilver

    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.

35 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    11 August

    It's the nicest gin strait from the freezer pored like silver over ice

  • 5
    10 August

    Quite simply the best gin ever. Just fabulous. Buy some and you'll see what I mean. 6 stars out of five.

  • 5
    22 March

    Favourite gin of all!

  • 5
    7 February

    Totally smooth and pleasant! Exceptional taste! Lovet

  • 5
    10 September 2015

    best gin ever

  • 5
    10 July 2015


  • 5
    24 April 2015

    One of the most amazing gin out there. The most remarkable thing is how it is so well balanced with 31 botamicals! Phenomenal stuff.

  • 5
    23 April 2015

    Superb stuff! When I''m out and try other types of gin, I quickly decide that a new order need to be placed. I prefer it with tonic, but this can actually be tried neat. I never thought I would say that about gin.. The feedback from people I serve it to is also great and the fan base is growing. A pity they don''t sell it at Norwegian Vinmonopolet anymore. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    2 March 2015

    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!

  • 5
    24 October 2014

    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!

  • 5
    21 October 2014

    Quite possibly the finest gin in existence..

  • 5
    27 July 2014

    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.

  • 5
    23 June 2014

    Truly an excellent product and your service and delivery were first class

  • 4
    23 June 2014

    Not for me. The other half likes it though.

  • Anonymous 7 April 2014

    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

  • Frank in NH 3 March 2014

    Received as a gift for my 70th birthday. It was worth the wait!

  • John Hudson 12 January 2014

    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.

  • Hugh de Laurier, 10th January 2014 10 January 2014

    An outstanding spirit, without doubt the best of all Gins. Many are great but the Botanist is the greatest of all. We love it.

  • george & karen 7 January 2014

    this stuff is gorgeous and have it with a fever tree tonic not to much tho a marriage made in heaven mmmm

  • JH007 30 December 2013

    Wow, what a gin. Ordered this before Christmas, but only just got round to trying it. Such a beautifully crafted gin. Very subtle with a slight sweetness that eases on it smooth finish. Wonderfully accomplished spirit, that's equally at home in a G&T or in a martini. It doesn't get lost despite its subtleness. To bring out its best use a premium tonic which it deserves not a supermarket own brand. Gin, glorious gin!!!

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