mint
botanicals
apple
sweet
citrus
coriander
lime
spicy
juniper
Spiral The Botanist Gin Islay Dry

The Botanist

Islay Dry

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Quicksilver.

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

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

Finish
Long, spicy.
Price:
$41.99
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 doesn'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. 

  • Style
    Gin
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    Bruichladdich
  • Bottler
    Bruichladdich

The Botanist

Islay Dry

(0.75l, 46%)


8.8/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of The Botanist Gin Islay Dry
Gregory
Great martini gin, but not a fan with tonic.
Moises
This is one of the best guns I have ever tasted.
Jim
Very tasty chilled and neat. Botanicals are both forward and subtle. Makes a great martini wet (3 to 1 with French vermouth).
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
My favorite gin.
Andrew
Explosion of sweet/salty botanicals up front. Smooth finish. Most complex and delicious gin I've ever had.
Jenifer
Just lovely. Noticed different hints of botanicals with each sip.
Gary
Best gin I've ever had.
Nolan
Favorite gin to date
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