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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 22 native to Islay (the Juniper used is wild Islay Juniper). 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, lardy'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!
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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Good long taste, quality is top.
6th January 2017
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
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
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
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
First order on master of malt. Was not disappointed! Delicious stuff! Will definitely order more some day
5th November 2016
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
splendid discovery, thanks to the MoM editor's comments (never miss a point, those guys!)
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
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 bitecompared 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
A leader amongst the rest.
16th February 2016
Better than most.
14th February 2016
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!!!Cheers!
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
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
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
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
Can't say much more really. tastes great on its own but also combines into the best g&t ever
26th September 2015
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
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
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
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
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 ginIt was superb now I am really enjoying my drink so refreshing.Does any supermarket stock this gin.
21st February 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
but, the Gin is the best...
31st July 2014
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
I could have written the exact same review of The Botanist as the virgin taster and poster, "First time". Superb gin.
3rd July 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
New bottle new price ? It was a bit of a bargain , but I think £34 is pushing it for a Gin.
3rd December 2013
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