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The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

(70cl, 46%)

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

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Botanist Islay Dry Gin Bottling Note

Created at the Bruichladdich distillery, this superb Islay gin was distilled in the 'ugly betty' still described as "an oversized upside-down dustbin made of copper" by Tom Morton. Perhaps the best looking packaging we've ever seen for a gin - it's not all style and no substance either. This is a world-class gin, at a proper ABV.

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.

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Botanist Islay Dry Gin Reviews


I love the bottle and label design. I also think you’re less likely to get a hangover from this than a cheaper offering. However, on first drink this tasted more like vodka to me. I didn’t find it to be super flavorful. Maybe I wanted more juniper.

12th July 2020

Love it, always my go to gin

My favourite gin of all time....and I’ve tried a few

19th June 2020

Super smooth gin, delicious!

Have loved this gin since we found it at the Bruichladdich distillery on a visit to Islay. Been a feature of our drinks cabinet ever since!

3rd June 2020


Love it. The favourite!

28th May 2020

still my favourite

Super smooth just amazing

20th May 2020

Beautiful, smooth, delicious!

Incredibly smooth, received as a gift and will definitely buy again. Drink with a light tonic to allow this subtle gin to stand out.

7th May 2020

Love love love

I don't understand the reviews implying it is bland. This gin is my favourite, strong but smooth flavour, tastes beautiful with a simple tonic. Love love love, need to buy more soon.

1st May 2020

Straight gin, no frills, complex wonderful taste

This is the best gin I have ever tasted. I buy gin regularly and have tasted over thirty but if you want a straight gin with no fruity flavours or other nonsense, this is the one to buy.

25th April 2020

Superb, fell in love with a local artisinal gin that goes heavy on the botanicals..... then I tried the Botanist, I've tried other "classic giants" but this botanical approach for my palate is golden.

I love the "heavy on the botanical" approach for gin. A perfect balancing to the juniper. Never dominant but never invisible.

24th March 2020


Absolutely amazing, very classy drink full of depths of smell and taste

19th March 2020

Very nice

Was given this by the barman on the allure of the seas, whilst cruising tbe Caribbean last February. He ran out of bombay sapphire so recommended I tried this .....wasnt disappointed very nice indeed

13th March 2020


Superb. The best quality gin I have ever had.

3rd January 2020

Average at best

This is very average gin.
Too subtle.
Still can't beat Uncle Val's!

11th October 2019

Ten of ten

The best gin in the world

3rd October 2019


I have yet to find a London Dry Gin equal to the quality and clarity on the palate of The Botanist. Heaven knows how the distillers have merged the nuances of THIRTY-ONE botanicals into this fine gin and it is surely heaven-sent! Bravo, Bruichladdich!!! The Botanist rules!

26th August 2019

Top Shelf - 1st Choice

Deceptively smooth, but enough proof to quickly make this an exercise in balance if hastily imbibed. Not for Beefeater fans - this is EXCELLENT Gin. Hard to find at local liquor stores, but celebrated whenever sourced. Top shelf by every definition. Straight or mixed - Botanist is my alcohol of choice, even above the whisky.

11th August 2019

An absolute pleasure.

The Botanist provides as smooth a delivery as you could wish for. There are citrus and fruit notes dancing around which offer a real texture to the experience.

9th August 2019

Best ever

Quite adorable to drink with friends or even alone
You are never alone with Botanist Islay Dry Gin

1st August 2019

Love it. Purchased 3 Bottles. Nigel from Toronto.

Amazing. Love it. Purchased 3 Bottles. Nigel from Toronto.

25th July 2019


I Love it / Roger from Sweden

20th July 2019

My new favourite gin. Available in Ontario Canada.

I don't have a sophisticated experience with gin. Recently I began investigating different gins here in Canada. Ryan Reynolds bought American Aviation, which I considered to be my favourite, having tried the usual generic stuff, as well as Tanqueray 10. i bought a bottle of your gin today and it certainly is my new favourite. When I was a toddler, my mother cooked in a fishing camp kitchen owned by my granddad, and she put me in harness and tied me outside the kitchen window, to watch me while she worked. There was a juniper bush that I ate berries from. To this day I cannot stand overwhelming juniper taste. I love the botanical and citrus in your product and the juniper in the background. It is awesome in a tonic with fever tree, a lime peel and a sprig of rosemary

5th May 2019


I tried it only because it was new to me. It is a great flavorful gin. The perfect martini at 4:1.

11th January 2019

Best Gin Ever- 2d to Nun!

Fantastic, the best Gin by far I have had in my life, anywhere.

25th December 2018

I will buy more.

Best gin I have ever tasted...

22nd November 2018

Head over heels with The Botanist gin

I picked this up out of curiosity, dutyfree at Tokyo airport, with no idea what my tastebuds were in was the bottle that caught my eye!

I really have to say this is an exceptional gin, to another level. I can’t stop drinking it every afternoon...I keep saying to myself, “ this is so addictive, must stop at the second drink”. I’ve been converted, and Bombay Sapphire gin has gone down a couple of pegs.

The flavours are smooth and have a rosey taste. Absolutely in love with The Botanist gin. Thank goodness for my curiosity and the packaging!

18th October 2018

Outdoes Bombay Saphire

One of the most outstanding guns I have tasted! I am a Bombay Sapphire lover, but this takes gin to a different level.

24th September 2018


Smooth, clean and refreshing

10th September 2018

Floral after taste but over priced

Good floral gin with a nice after taste

4th September 2018

Perfectly balanced

My favourite gin. People talk about brass monkey and the botanist in the same sentence. Pound for pound I put my money on the botanist. Just perfectly balanced in my opinion.

6th August 2018

Excellent and most impressive!

Not tried this before and received a bottle as a gift..... WOW, totally loved it! Definitely one to add to my regular collection.

29th July 2018


I really wanted to like this Gin, but it was maybe a bit subtle. Was not my favorite neat, and seemed lost when used with various tonics. The bottle looks great, but I'll not be buying another one.

14th June 2018

More than one shot induces allergic reaction

The taste of this gin is lovely. However I have a sensitivity to some alcoholic drinks. It's not that common for me to react with wheesing and a tight chest. I can only have one shot of this gin, after that i must switch to another drink. Gordon's also puts me in this position. Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, four pillars are ok for me, no reaction no matter how much I drink.

20th May 2018

Makes you want more.

Thirty years with my go-to drink being a rocks martini. My watering hole classically offered up Beefeater or Bombay Saphire on its top shelf. They stopped the Beefeater (my favorite), and brought on this stuff. Just stunning and stunningly different. Still has an initial punch, but finishes far cleaner and leaves more room and desire for that next glass than any other gin I've had (despite its 90+ proof). Went right out and bought a bottle for home.

14th April 2018

One of the smoothest gins ever!

This is one of the smoothest gins I've ever tried, which makes it one of very few gins that I would drink on it's own, just on ice. I can agree with a few people who say there isn't much flavour, it is a super subtle gin.

8th April 2018

Favorite U K gin

The nose of the Botanist is sublime. I like it with ginger ale not too much... delicious.

11th March 2018


Love this gin!! The flavour does reduce significantly when you add tonic, hence a lot or reviews saying it doesn't have any flavour. I'd recommend maximum 50% tonic, or have it on the rocks. To make it even better add a dash of orange bitters, a lemon wheel and a sprig of thyme...

16th February 2018

A bit too subtle for me.

This is an inoffensive gin, I find the flavours a bit too subtle. I prefer gins with a more bold flavour.

5th February 2018

So so

It has very little flavor, though more pricey I prefer Monkey 47

24th December 2017


I was introduced to this gin by a bar owner friend of mine in a ski resort in the Pyrenees. He was on holiday as was I. His business a Beachside in Cap Ferret. I thought Botanist with a little Fever Tree (Mediteranian flavour) with a slice of lime was fantastic a instantly became my favourite tipple.

16th December 2017

Best in Class

A beautiful gin bursting with flavours and scents. Goes amazing with a splash of tonic water and a grapefruit wedge. It's my #1 Gin at the moment. Can''t find anything to beat it yet. Absolutely stunning bottle too. Have zero complaints about this gin.

3rd November 2017

A fantastic relaxing drink.

I don't really like gin, I have been hit by a Bombay Sapphire a few times before, so I am weary of the stuff. The Botanist is something else, though. The subtlety of the flowers, general smoothness and balance is astonishing. Before you know it, you have more friends visiting you and sadly the bottle is more empty than full. As for the gorse flowers, we throw them into the sea to celebrate the sacrifice of the men lost at sea off the coast of Brittany. The is a gin to celebrate the life of your lost friends, unless it is the life of that beautiful young girl that you didn't dare ask out. Very pleasant, indeed and to be enjoyed thoroughly.

24th October 2017


Haven’t drunk gin for years heard about this and decided to give it a try. Best gin ever and I love the bottle design too !

19th October 2017

A gin for people who actually like vodka but want to say they're drinking gin.

I really wanted to like this gin, the packaging is fantastic, as is the back story. Alas, I'm afraid it's altogether too delicate for my palate. If I knew it was made by a Scotch distiller, and didn't know which one, I'd have guessed Glenfiddich, not Bruichladdich. Three stars for the bottle.

8th September 2017

Rumour about grain spirit sourcing

I've heard a rumour that they source the grain spirit and it's not made in house. Trivial? Perhaps. But this is Bruichladdich we're talking about.

3rd September 2017

It's a sipping gin - and it's great!

It's one of the top 5 sipping gins in my book (along with Sipsmith, Monkey 47, Gin Mare and probably Hendrick's). Anyone who said it's bland/tasteless when you drink with tonic is simply because you're not supposed to. It's a sipping gin.

29th August 2017

Subtle and Sublime

Subtle taste that doesnt need much of a garnish . Its doesnt have Lardys Bedstraw Flowers it has Ladys Bedstraw Flowers. Up there with the best. Could drink this all night if it wasnt at 46% !

25th August 2017



30th July 2017


Botanist Gin does not taste or smell of anything, sadly, unless you drink it neat. This gin would suit someone who prefers vodka. I would not recommend this to a gin & tonic lover due to lack of flavour/bouquet.

24th July 2017


Introduced to this gin on the "Pont Aven"ferry to Santander. WOW. Add ice, a little tonic and fresh LIMES.Stand back and be impressed.

17th July 2017

Fantastic gin

Loved this. I have over 60 different gins and this is in the top 3.

7th July 2017

A marvel - just don't use it for G&Ts!

Funny that the only reviewers who find this delightful gin average or tasteless complain it isn't fit for G&Ts. I agree. Who's gonna spoil such a gin with bitters? Just drink it slightly refreshed, it's a wonder: subtle, complex, balanced. Yummy.

6th May 2017

Better Than Hendricks

Fantastic gin, love the florals behind it.

19th April 2017

Finnish review

Good long taste, quality is top.

6th January 2017

don't get branding and quality mixed up

this gin tastes of very little, any tonic easily over powers it, if you want to drink this go buy a bottle of vodka and drink it with tonic, you will get the same result. Of course its going to taste herby if that what your sticking in the glass

3rd January 2017

Well built gin

In a world with an increasing number of over herbed gins this stands out. Like the kid in third grade who wore that orange sweater.

1st January 2017

Yes... love!

I like gin but love this one. It's the herbiness. Great with thyme. Since being introduced to the Botanist, all the others now don't quite hit the spot!

29th December 2016

Islay gin

I'm a huge single malt fan and started to enjoy gin, absolutely sublime
Hendricks can be a little rich this is just insanely good especially with some fever tree

8th December 2016

Lovely Gin

First order on master of malt. Was not disappointed! Delicious stuff! Will definitely order more some day

5th November 2016

Great neat, terrible with tonic.

Honestly bemuses me how this has so many good reviews. It's an average gin, which is very pleasant and smooth neat, but for a gin with 22 botanicals, it loses every single one of them when mixed with tonic.

Pretty good, but more overrated than Ben Affleck.

19th September 2016

great experience

splendid discovery, thanks to the MoM editor's comments (never miss a point, those guys!)

19th September 2016

Botanist - the best

Can be used to GT but also "on the rocks"!

27th August 2016


One taste--hooked.
Acker score 5/5

1st June 2016


Smooth, subtle but with the most delicious flavour! Think I've stopped experimenting with different gins now!

21st May 2016


I first reviewed on 10/11/13 and as stated it is still the best ever and the only one I drink except when not available which is so sad!!!!!! Cheers to you all and to Islay !!!!! Thankyou

1st April 2016


We have just received a bottle of The Botanist 22 Gin through the courtesy of Lufhansa Worldshop. We love gin but it was a big disappointment. It tastes anything except good gin. Sorry to tell you.
Roland Berra, Nice, France

12th March 2016

Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Have just received a bottle of the Botanist Islay Dry Gin to give as a birthday present, the help and service from the team was first class, thank you.

10th March 2016


This gin is wonderful and very smooth. All others I have tried Bombay & Tanqueray have too much of a bite
compared with this that is totally delightful

26th February 2016


I'm a veteran gin man, and long ago settled on Plymouth as the world's state of the art maker of this widely, much abused spirit. By state of the art, I mean a pronounced (but not too pronounced) presence of juniper (else, why is it "gin?"), a slight bite in the first taste, expanding to a complex (but not too complex) merger of botanicals and a pleasing fragrance (but not too fragrant), ending in a smooth, long finish that produces a Proustian memory of that first, really good martini. Plymouth has all that without going too far - or not far enough - in any one direction. It's what gin should taste like. With new premium, "hand-crafted" gins coming at us like confetti, it's getting hard to separate the lasting innovators from the pretenders. Botanist Islay Dry Gin is, I have to say, just about perfect. Lacking that gin lover's bite you find so unmistakably in Plymouth, it's otherwise a marvel of balance. complexity and some sort of mysterious freshness that conjures up the feeling of lying face down and sipping from the clearest, natural brook of pure . . . gin. A miracle product.

25th February 2016

Number 1!

A leader amongst the rest.

16th February 2016

The best

Better than most.

14th February 2016

A marvel

I spent decades detesting gin. Nasty medicine. The Botanist is a completely new and friendly animal, though, with a variety of fascinating botanicals (from my favorite island that I've not yet visited.)

Even this: Make a Martini or a Gibson and use The Botanist in place of Vermouth. It's hard to imagine anything finer. OK, a glass of Octomore may be better, but that's a different sort of delight.

Incidentally, if your chums drink Martinis, show your Alpha status by drinking Gibsons. Go for the best onions, of course (I will avoid that argument at the moment.) Strong, sturdy, absolutely marvelous! Naturally, if you are a male -- what's better than having one, two or even three onions? Woo hoo!!!


10th February 2016


The smoothness mixes with the unique flavors- specific to its place of origin- are exquisite. If you have never been a gin drinker this will give you a passion for gin. Wonderful cool feeling and a bite at the end. No aftertaste, no residual smell left in your nostrils long after you swallow, it's tasty enough to drink without anything added in. Quite the combination of great taste and exceptional quality. Bravo!

14th January 2016

Smooth, interesting but still plays well with others

I love the blend of botanicals, with a nice it of juniper and a smooth finish. It's swell with tonic and a twist of lime, but it's also good with a little water and ginger syrup. Can't wait to put it with some chartreuse. Good stuff.

19th December 2015


We tried it as g&t with lime and with cucumber and decided it was so good it didn't need anything, just a good tonic. Between lime and cucumber, go with cucumber.

14th December 2015


I tasted a lot, this is what i was looking for all along. When you think about it a bit it's not surprising since it's made by The Bruichladdich crew.

13th December 2015

The Best Ever Gin

I am so glad that I was introduced to this gin. It was served with a slice of lime, some mint and a superior tonic. It is just the best I have ever tasted ( and I have tasted a few!) So wonderful, well done to the Brewers.

17th October 2015

Can't get enough it's so good. It is what I'm drinking when I'm not drinking Scotch.

I tried this first at a very fancy restaurant in town, simply because I know the buyer and he said it was amazing. I've never ever been a Gin person; the Botanist cured me of that very quickly. It has so much more of the botanical herb taste, and it is never overpowering. I don't quite know how they managed it but it extremely balanced. In my opinion everyone should try this at least once, even if you're not a gin drinker. It's Amazing.

6th October 2015

best gin I've tasted

Can't say much more really. tastes great on its own but also combines into the best g&t ever

26th September 2015

New Convert to Gin

Good friends have patiently introduced me to the World of Gin over the last year or so. My eyes have been opened by the richness of new small batch distiller gins. I was bought a bottle of The Botanist this weekend as a special thank you. It is sooooo good. It is a sheer delight to drink. It offers so much but is such a clean drink. I better save some for the friends who started me on this new journey! It will be tough.

16th August 2015

Best gin ever

I'm not a regular gin drinker but from now on, it will be Botanist Islay Dry Gin, whenever I drink gin. Smooth and fresh stuff, great gin!

17th May 2015

New bottle

really think more than just the bottle changed. had previously enjoyed about 10 bottles of the previous packaging, best Jin I ever had! first bottle of new packaging seems off taste wise?

12th May 2015


Everyone who enjoys gin should definitely try "The Botantist Islay Dry Gin!" It is fantastic and I'm looking forward to visiting the distillery this summer!

1st May 2015

Love Love Love

I was bought a bottle for valentines day by my husband. Simply delicious gin. One of the nicest I have tasted.

Smooth flavour with no overpowering flavour from any of the botanicals.

Will be buying again as our staple gin

9th April 2015

Dave Lee

was bought a bottle for my birthday from my son all i can say is he as been brought up well a first rate gin

5th April 2015


Up to recently I was always a borboun drinker and then I was recently introduced to Botanist gin
It was superb now I am really enjoying my drink so refreshing.
Does any supermarket stock this gin.

21st February 2015

Mike Jackson

A good friend bought me a bottle for my 70 th birthday. I have drunk other gins for years but have found that Botanist is superb and is better than any other gins that I have tasted,

19th January 2015

Oh, what can I say...

Excellent. Aurora Borealis, check. Meteorites, check. Summer Meadows and Spring Woodlands, check. Fair descriptors. Teleported us straight-away to your botanical paradise. Many thanks, we will return.

18th January 2015

Simply the best

Cant believe how well made this gin is!! Exceptional quality taste value, highly recommended, dont you even think of mixing this fine drink!!!

10th January 2015

The Best Christmas present

I received a bottle as a gift this Christmas. Had been drinking Tanqeray 10,shifted to Bluecoat ( a Gin made here in Philadelphia) I now have to change once again. Considering that my go to single malt is Laphroiag, maybe I'll have to move to Islay.

9th January 2015

Excellent quality with the best price tag!

I drink lots of varieties of gin, but I just cant stay away from this one too long, and at this price you cannot complain.
I love this gin so much I was married in the Distillery..

17th October 2014

The very best...

No martinis, no water, no extras - only the really enjoyable, complex, rich herbal taste... the best gin I've ever tasted. And yes, the old bottle was definitively more beautiful than the new one, but what can you do about it?

14th October 2014

New Bottling

The bottle change was made because a copy cat Gin came on the market, of inferior quality, called "Botanicals" and people were buying the inferior copy by mistake and being disappointed! This is why they re-packaged the wonderful "Botanist".

5th October 2014

Liked the old bottle

but, the Gin is the best...

31st July 2014

It is a bit special

Bartender introduced it to me and poured me some straight over one rock and a twist. Smooth and delicious. It will now be my go to gin for my drink of choice - gin martini straight up.

6th July 2014

Me too

I could have written the exact same review of The Botanist as the virgin taster and poster, "First time". Superb gin.

3rd July 2014

First time

I normally favor Hendrick's and Bombay Sapphire , but I took a chance and made a purchase on The Botanist- I am quite taken with the taste and flavor- It now sits proudly on my bar! My new fav- thank you for such a fine product!

30th June 2014


Lovely chilled .Pity about the new bottle shape! The flat shape fitted into the fridge easier.

26th June 2014


Tried a few gins over the year. None I would recommend as a waste to mix... this changes all that.

12th June 2014

Superb stuff

This is a really great gin - fresh and complex at the same time. Just a shame they changed the bottle: the old brick shaped one made it really stand out as the something different that the contents really are.

28th May 2014

Best gin on the market

Got this as a Christmas present from my brother last year. I now don't drink anything else. Why would you, when you can have something this good?

20th January 2014

My go to Martini gin

After years of experimenting and always returning to Tanqueray 10 for my Martini gin, The Botanist is stellar. Do not waste it on mixed cocktails!

11th January 2014

If it's not broke, why fix it?

I'd like to chime in as well on the packaging change. This is good gin, but the price increase is unfortunate as the bottle is less attractive than the original and it's the same exact gin inside of both.

1st January 2014

Exquisite gin

Being a gin lover this has won me over (time and time again) but agree I prefer the old contemporary bottle and price.

28th December 2013

Rebranding fail

This gin WAS great at the previous price point and the new packaging has missed the mark a touch. Worth it at the mid twenties price, but now it's not worth the price increase for the new identity alone.

26th December 2013


This beautiful gin should be drunk neat like whisky or with a little good water.
The best gin I have ever tasted.

25th December 2013

wounderful stuff

New bottle new price ? It was a bit of a bargain , but I think £34 is pushing it for a Gin.

3rd December 2013

Excellent - shame they have sold-out

Very very good gin, prefered the old bottle and pre corporate buyout price of mid £20. That said one of the best gins I've tasted

2nd December 2013


This is the best gin I have ever tasted and the only one I will buy from now on !!!!!!!!

10th November 2013

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