10th Gin to Christmas: The Botanist Gin

GINS TO CHRISTMAS (3)The Botanist Gin

With an array of botanicals this gin has a spunk of bitterness and is dubbed as a traditionalist in the slow distillation process. I dressed The Botanist up for Christmas with a spunky red coat and African flair.  Bring on the 10th gin to Christmas, with a fiesty sideplate of nacho chips and home-made sweet chilli dip.


The Botanist Gin is a progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of our Isle of Islay. 22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels during an achingly slow distillation. This first and only Islay Dry Gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of our remote Scottish island home.

Tasting Notes

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 star-burst 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.

MOOD – Carefree. The electric buzz of illicit anticipation.

A range of Classic Serves brings out the complex aromas and flavours, stick to the “THE CLASSIC BOTANIST, STRAIGHT” – Rocks, twist. A minimalist masterpiece.

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Yes, this is how I am enjoying my Botanist Gin today – with fresh (peeled) litchis, and a kick of chilli flakes, topped with Fitch and Leeds Indian Tonic.

Oh, and the snack is plain cream cheese which has been whipped – for fluffy texture – and flavoured with my home-made sweet chilli sauce, served with Pringles Nacho chips.  Who said Christmas has to be stuffy and boring?

Follow The Botanist on Twitter or visit www.thebotanist.com or The Botanist Gin on Facebook for more information.

Also for sale (online) at TakeALot.com or your local Makro.


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