The Botanist is a gin of layered complexity. A progressive exploration of the botanical heritage
of the isle of Islay. Nine classic gin botanicals are augmented by 22 local herbs and flowers,
foraged responsibly and by hand from the hills, shores and bogs of this fertile Hebridean island by our own team of botanical scientists. The result is a gin as much for the mind as the palate, a thinking person’s gin. A roller coaster botanical odyssey in a glass.
A huge 31 botanicals go into The Botanist, including some native to Islay. The full list of botanicals is as follows: angelica root, apple mint, birch leaves, bog myrtle leaves, cassia bark, chamomile, cinnamon bark, coriander seed, creeping thistle flowers, elder flowers, gorse flowers, heather flowers, hawthorn flowers, juniper berries, lady's bedstraw flowers, lemon balm, lemon peel, liquorice root, meadow sweet, orange peel, oris root, peppermint leaves, mugwort leaves, red clover flowers, tansy, thyme leaves, water mint leaves, white clover, wood sage leaves. Phew!
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Enough botanicals to make us wish we had five noses. Big notes of citrus, delicate menthol and flowers everywhere!
Palate: Cool at first. It quickly mellows out, warmth growing with citrus keeping it fresh throughout.
Finish: Long, with a good spice.
Overall: Islay isn't just about the whisky anymore. The Botanist Gin is top-notch.