Islay artisans, Bruidladdich turn their hands to producing a dry Gin that is decadently beguiling and aromatically intriguing. The botanicals used comprise of nine classic Gin varietals, plus 22 wild, Islay native botanicals that are hand picked from the wind-swept hills, peat bogs and the atlantic shores. The result is a highly distinctive, complex, floral gin with outstanding finish and impeccable provenance. In an age of re-badged industrial gins, the Botanist Islay Dry Gin stands out as a truly artisanal, small-batch, hand-crafted labor of love and distiller’s art. A breath of botanical Islay in every glass.
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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.