The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

(0.75l, 46%)


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$37.99
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The Islay Gin.

Bruichladdich is one of the most impressive distilleries in Scotland, in the World even. It was built in 1881 by the Harvey brothers, who came from a dynastic Whisky family. The brothers had wanted to create a distillery that was the very antithesis of an Islay farm distillery. They built a cathedral-like, state-of-the-art Victorian still house, where they used 6m tall stills, which was unheard of at that time, and way ahead of its time.

Today, the distillery remains pretty much the same as it did over 100 years ago. Their belief is, as the French culinary saying goes, "it is in the oldest pots that the best soup is made". Slow fermentation, slow distillation, in very traditional, wooden vats and huge washes made from towering Douglas Fir.

However, they don't just make Whisky, they also produce Gin. For the Botanist Islay Dry Gin the craftsmen at Bruichladdich use 9 classic Gin aromatics and a whopping 22 additional local botanicals, which are hand-picked from the windswept hills, peat bogs and Atlantic shores of the Hebridean island of Islay. This Islay speciality is distilled 4 times slower as the average Gin, in Bruichladdich's Ugly Betty, one of the few remaining Lomond Stills in existence. It’s the only Gin produced on the Isle of Islay. The story and the Gin, great.

Some of the botanicals included: Orris root, cassia bark, coriander seed, Mugwort, Meadow Sweet, Lady's Bedstraw flowers, apple mint, downy birch, elder, gorse flower. 

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mint
coriander
apple
botanicals
citrus
sweet
spicy
lemon peel
juniper
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Quicksilver.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Exploding with botanicals! Citrus, menthol, flowers, apple mint, spring woodlands, juniper, coriander... It goes on and on.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Chill at the entry, warm at the back palate. Citrus freshness, and a starburst of other flavors.

Finish
Long, spicy.

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Ratings & Reviews
Jack
Jack,
Has a floral quality. Not as pronounced as Hendrick's, but definitely more floral than juniper-y.
 
Judy
Judy,
very nice, smooth...friends say that Bombay Sapphire is equally good
 
Michael
Michael,
I like it, but I don't love it. 9 aromatics and an additional 22 botanicals. Not getting all of that. It's kind of light and citrusy with a bit of spice on the end. Also not great in a G&T with Fever Tree Indian tonic. I give it a 7 because I liked it on the rocks, which, for me, is strange for gin. In the end, I think I prefer a classic London Dry.
 
Kristy
Kristy,
I thoroughly enjoy drinking this gin! I never understood what "enjoying" drinking a drink meant until this gin. Smooth, herbal, botanical, good straight neat or with elderflower tonic.
 
Ross
Ross,
Superb gin. Makes for an exceptional G&T. Little spicy on the front to drink plan for me.
 
Donald
Donald,
Not your normal gin. Has herbal undertones Perfect for a summer gin & tonic. The inventor should be canonized.
 
Paddy
Paddy,
A seriously good gin
 
Brian
Brian,
My gold standard. Tons of different herbal notes, but smooth enough to sip all evening long.
 
Dana
Dana,
Smooth with a nice herbal undertone. Pleasant sipping gin.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
One of the best gins I have had.
 
James
James,
This is one of if not my favorite gin. Lots of complexity and interesting layers from all the Isla botanicals. It's lower on the juniper scale too and does very well in boozy, gin-forward cocktails.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
The best gin I've ever had. Smooth and full of botanical flavors.
 
Michael
Michael,
Not that impressed, I'd rather drink something else
 
Derryck
Derryck,
So far the most impressive Gin I've ever tasted. Uniquely and creatively complex.
 
Chris
Chris,
Wonderful citrus, floral and spices on the nose, clean flavors and nice long finish.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
So many wonderful floral flavors, incredibly smooth and delicious
 
Maria
Maria,
Practically perfect in every way.
 
guest
guest,
Excellent and smooth Gin.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
This is the best Gin I have ever had. It's better than my old standby, Beefeater. It is smooth, fruity, and clean/dry. It will drink chilled, straight. I like it best with a little tonic water. Well worth the modest price.
 
Alycia
Alycia,
My new favorite go to gin
 
Theresa
Theresa,
Delightful as gin and tonic with Fever Tree tonic lovely. Will reorder!!!.
 
William
William,
Not a big gin drinker but, this may now be my Summer drink! Love the fresh clean taste on the rocks or straight up, taste like Summer!
 
Todd
Todd,
Who'd knew that a couple of Scotsman who seemingly went out in their backyard for botanicals would be so good. I kid. Granted the botanicals are a laundry list for goodness. It mixes well for any gin drink I know of. Granted in a Gin and Tonic seems to be delicious sacrilege..
 
Nikko
Nikko,
Favorite Gin! Clean flavor, nice aromatics-not too woodsy or flowery. Great aftertaste.
 
guest
guest,
Top shelf of gins for me. Brilliant
 
Brad
Brad,
Love the bottle as well as the product. A great Gin made at a Scotch Distillery
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Just Wow
 
Alex
Alex,
Love the botanical nuances!
 
Caroline
Caroline,
One of my favorite gins.
 
Ruth
Ruth,
Fabulous lateral herbiness, while still tasting like gin.
 
Chad
Chad,
Probably the best gin in the world. Made by people who know what they're doing.
 
Kay
Kay,
The vibrancy and clarity are beyond any other gin I've tried. Even though the nose is deep and complex, it still retains a bright, fresh characteristic. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light with a dry, crisp finish. This gin is still refreshing to drink neat. It's a perfect ingredient to a classic gimlet. Lime zest is a perfect accompaniment to the overall lively personality of this gin. Highly recommended for those who want to try a very unique style. I'll definitely be drinking a lot of this this summer!
 
David
David,
Our favorite gin right now. In fact, I need to go out and get another bottle! The botanicals are a superb and complex addition. Don't even need to make a cocktail out of it. It is very nice straight. Not surprising - I like everything that Bruichladdich puts out there.
 
Danielle
Danielle,
Excellent gin with a well balanced botanical note
 
Nicolle
Nicolle,
Not dry like a gin usually is
 
Michael
Michael,
Nose is the expected juniper, along with citrus zest, spearmint, cracked peppercorns. Flavors are wonderfully complex- gently sweet right up front, juniper bitterness coming in after but in a restrained way, leading to an array of citrus and herbal notes after, leading to a pepper-y finish. Everything is wonderfully balanced here. Mouth-feel is smooth and slick. Makes a great G&T (I would keep the ratio of gin to tonic on the high side , so the subtleties don't get lost), but this is one gin that I can even greatly enjoy sipping neat. The Botanist will always have a place on my shelf.
 
Bill
Bill,
Incredible - very light and refreshing while bursting with botanical and citrus flavors. I drink my gin dirty and my future wife loves G&T - this worked amazingly for both.
 
Matt
Matt,
I love this gin... used it strictly for G&T’s... the in lawslikedthis gin as well... very refreshing.
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
This gin is clean and floral with a light juniper taste. It is the perfect multitasker for your gin drinks.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
The best gin and tonic I ever had. I threw parties where people came to just try this drink
 
Jim
Jim,
Delicious
 
Riley
Riley,
Best damn martini with a lemon twist
 
Greg
Greg,
Rich but light with a good mouth feel and balanced flavor profile. Great for sipping or in a Martini.
 
John
John,
Is it Gin for a scotch drinker??? Or is it a great seque for a Gin drinker to prepare to tackle scotch?? What it is, is a damn good drink
 
George
George,
A very nice gin that isn't too juniper-heavy. It does quite well by itself, as part of a gin & tonic, or when mixed with citrus or stone-fruit (peach, apricot, etc...) flavors. I almost hate to mix it into a cocktail, but it makes such a nice base for so many that I can't resist using it once in a while, though I have to be careful about bitters selection else they will overpower the gin a bit.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth and great in a gin tonic
 
George
George,
Wonderful Gin, very smooth.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Spectacularly smooth, I love it in gimlets, but works well with anything, so fruity in flavor!
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Was a good gin!
 
Barry
Barry,
Floral front with a smooth clean finish. Great taste for martinis or straight. My favorite in this price range
 
Hartmut
Hartmut,
This is a great gin for martinis. Wonderful taste!
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Great martini gin, but not a fan with tonic.
 
Moises
Moises,
This is one of the best guns I have ever tasted.
 
Jim
Jim,
Very tasty chilled and neat. Botanicals are both forward and subtle. Makes a great martini wet (3 to 1 with French vermouth).
 
Terry
Terry,
One of the best gins out there. Second only to Hendrick's IMHO. Try it neat or with tonic and you will not be disappointed. Kudos to Bruichladdich! Smooth and delicious, indeed!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
My favorite gin.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Explosion of sweet/salty botanicals up front. Smooth finish. Most complex and delicious gin I've ever had.
 
Jenifer
Jenifer,
Just lovely. Noticed different hints of botanicals with each sip.
 
Gary
Gary,
Best gin I've ever had.
 
Nolan
Nolan,
Favorite gin to date
 
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