|"Botanicals are the very essence of gin, its reason for being. For this, 'The Botanist', small-batch, artisanal Islay gin we use nine of the classic gin aromatics — orris root, cassia bark, coriander seed, etc — and augment these with a heady harvest of 22 local botanicals, hand-picked by our expert foraging team from the windswept hills, peat bogs, and Atlantic shores of this Hebridean island of Islay.
This truly seasonal and exotic cocktail is then slow 'simmer' distilled in our unique and cherished Lomond pot-still, affectionately known by our head distiller Jim McEwan as 'Ugly Betty'. The result: a highly distinctive, complex, floral gin with outstanding finish and impeccable provenance. In an age of re-badged industrial gins, the Botanist stands out as a truly artisanal, small-batch, hand-crafted labour of love and distiller's art. A breath of botanical Islay in every glass." —producer