GSN Review: The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Founded in 2011, The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is distilled and hand-crafted at Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay, a remote island off the west coast of Scotland. It is the first and only Islay Dry Gin – a rare expression of the heart and soul of this wild Scottish isle. Hailing from one of the only B Corp certified distilleries in the world, The Botanist believes in using business as a force for good, putting people and planet in line with profit.

The liquid is distilled with a unique combination of 22 wild Islay botanicals which are hand-foraged locally and sustainably on the island by The Botanist’s professional forager, James Donaldson. The Islay botanicals are slow simmer distilled with Islay spring water in a unique Lomond Still, affectionately nicknamed Ugly Betty, by Head Distiller Adam Hannett. The result is a gin that speaks of the locality and seasonality of Islay.

GSN’s Remarks: A well balanced, round and crisp gin crafted with nearly two dozen interesting ingredients. We like the flavor profile which has a softer juniper character, but also a swish of citrus overlaying the more herbal characteristics. A rare gin that needs nothing else. However, we do recommend it in Martinis, citrus forward cocktails, and even the humble G&T. GSN Rating: A

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