The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Embark on a Journey to Islay with The Botanist Gin: Where Nature Meets Craftsmanship

Embarking on a journey to the heart of Islay, The Botanist Islay Dry Gin stands as a beacon of botanical diversity and distilling craftsmanship amidst Scotland's famed whisky isle. This expansive narrative delves deeper into the origins of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, exploring the distillery's pioneering approach, the vibrant array of cocktails it inspires, the distinctive bottle that captures the spirit's botanical heart, and the essence of Islay that it embodies.

The Isle of Islay: A portrait of Wild, Untamed Beauty

The Isle of Islay

Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides (off the South West coast of Scotland), is a realm where nature's raw power is on full display. Its landscapes are a dramatic canvas of ancient peat bogs, rolling hills, and pristine shores, framed by the rugged coastline and the mighty Atlantic. Islay's beauty is not just a backdrop for The Botanist Islay Dry Gin; it is its soul, infusing every drop with the essence of the land.


The Botanist Distillery: A Legacy of Innovation and Excellence

Bruichladdich Distillery

The story of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is inextricably linked with the Bruichladdich Distillery. Renowned for its revolutionary approach to whisky production, the distillery's venture into gin crafting is marked by the same spirit of innovation. Utilizing a Lomond still, affectionately named Ugly Betty, the distillery captures the essence of 22 locally foraged botanicals, alongside traditional gin ingredients. This meticulous process results in a gin that is a pure expression of Islay's botanical wealth.


The Botanist Brand: An Ode to the Botanical Wealth of Islay

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is a celebration of Islay's natural bounty. The careful selection of 22 hand-foraged local herbs and flowers, in addition to nine classic gin botanicals, creates a complex, multifaceted flavour profile. Each botanical is chosen for its ability to contribute to the gin's harmony, from the floral notes to the earthy undertones, making each sip a journey through Islay's diverse ecosystems.


The Signature Bottle: A Canvas of Botanical Artistry

The Botanist Bottle

The Botanist's bottle is a masterclass in design, marrying aesthetics with information. Adorned with the Latin names of the botanicals that grace its contents, the bottle serves as a window into the gin's soul. This unique design not only celebrates the gin's connection to the natural world but also invites enthusiasts to explore the intricate tapestry of flavours that define The Botanist.


The Unique Aromas, Taste, and Finish of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

The unique combination of aromas, taste, and finish make The Botanist Islay Dry Gin a truly versatile gin that's as suited to contemplative sipping as it is to being the foundation of intricate cocktails. Its complexity is a tribute to the wild, untamed beauty of Islay, and the meticulous craftsmanship that brings this spirit to life.

A Symphony of Aromas

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin greets the senses with a bouquet as rich and diverse as the Islay landscape itself. The first encounter is a delicate blend of floral notes, where hints of chamomile and meadowsweet mingle with the freshness of mint and thyme. This aromatic introduction is underpinned by a subtle earthiness, reminiscent of Islay's peaty soil, inviting a deeper exploration into the spirit's complex character.

A Journey of Taste

On the palate, The Botanist unfolds its layers with precision and grace. The initial sip reveals a refreshing citrus burst, where the zesty flavours of lemon and orange peel shine brightly. This citrusy freshness paves the way for the gin's botanical heart to unfold, where the nuanced flavours of the 22 local herbs and flowers reveal themselves. Each sip is a discovery, with floral, herbal, and even spicy notes dancing together in harmony. The traditional gin botanicals, including juniper, coriander, and cassia bark, provide a familiar grounding, but with a twist that's distinctly Islay.

A Finish as Enduring as Islay's Coastline

The finish of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is as memorable as its introduction. Lingering on the palate, it leaves a smooth, clean feel that's punctuated by a warmth reminiscent of Islay's spirited warmth. The final notes are a testament to the gin's balance and depth, with a subtle sweetness and a hint of peppery spice that invites contemplation and, inevitably, another taste.


A Journey Through Flavours: Simple Serve and Signature Cocktails

The Botanist Gin & Tonic

The Botanist Gin & Tonic

To truly appreciate The Botanist's complexity, a simple serve with tonic allows its botanicals to shine. Mix 50ml of The Botanist Gin with 150ml of premium tonic water over ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary or lemon to accentuate the gin's aromatic profile.

Signature Cocktails

The Islay Martini

The Islay Martini

Elevate the classic martini with an Islay twist. Combine 60ml of The Botanist Gin with 10ml of dry vermouth, stir over ice, and strain into a chilled glass. A twist of lemon peel or a few juniper berries as garnish pays homage to Islay's elegance and the gin's sophisticated flavours.

Wild Islay Collins

A refreshing take on the traditional Collins. Shake 50ml of The Botanist Gin with 25ml of fresh lemon juice and 15ml of sugar syrup over ice. Strain into a tall glass, add ice, top with 100ml of soda water, and garnish with a lemon slice and wild thyme, capturing the essence of Islay's wild landscapes.

The Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden

An herbaceous blend that highlights The Botanist's floral notes. Muddle cucumber and mint in a shaker, add 50ml of The Botanist Gin, 25ml of lime juice, and a dash of elderflower liqueur. Shake, strain into an ice-filled glass, and top with soda water for a drink that's as refreshing as a walk through Islay's botanical gardens.


The Essence of Islay: A Call to Explore

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is an invitation to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Islay—the land, its botanicals, and the artistry of gin crafting. Whether enjoyed in a contemplative simple serve or as the cornerstone of a vibrant cocktail, The Botanist offers a taste of Islay's untamed beauty and the distillery's legacy of innovation. It's a journey of discovery, where each sip reveals new dimensions of flavour and craftsmanship.

Discover the essence of Islay, the innovation behind The Botanist Distillery, and the unique botanicals that set The Botanist Islay Dry Gin apart. Begin your adventure at, where the spirit of Scotland's wild isle becomes available to you, inviting you to explore the intricate balance of nature and craftsmanship that defines The Botanist Islay Dry Gin. Available in both a 70cl and 1L bottle size.