The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
70cl / 46%
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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'.Tasting Notes (2)
- Coriander seed
- Mixed Herb
Tasting Notes by Rocky
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.
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.
Long and complex, with the botanicals slowly disappearing, one by one to leave a lovely minty freshness at the very end.
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!.
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’re 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 starburst 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.
- Winner of TWE Spirit of the Year 2014.
- Gin of the Month: June 2016
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A very smooth gin with a delicate taste form the botanics.
Makes the most superb dry martini one can possibly imagine: complex, smooth and simply very delicious.
Tried this for the first time at a gin tasting evening. Came out on top with me, against some stiff competition. Absolutely love this gin!
The Botanist is my favorite gin! Prefer over Hendrick's, and I love Hendrick's :)
Discovered this on Islay at Bruichladdich distillery; bought the gin, not whisky! A very light and flavoursome gin and now definitely my preferred choice. Truly excellent!
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