|Origin||United Kingdom, Gin|
For this, "The Botanist", small-batch, artisanal Islay gin we use nine of the classic gin aromatics – orris root, cassia bark, coriander seed, etc – and augment these with a heady harvest of 22 wild, native island botanicals, hand-picked by our expert foraging team from the windswept hills, peat bogs and atlantic shores of this Hebridean island of Islay. This truly seasonal and exotic cocktail is then slow "simmer" distilled in our unique and cherished lomond pot-still, "ugly betty". Betty prefers to work at low-pressure and won’t be rushed. So our precious botanicals are slowly and gently coaxed into releasing their complex, signature aromatics. This was a unique project for our head distiller, Jim McEwan. Jim says he had to "learn a new dance" with Betty, and none of us knew what to expect from that first, achingly-slow 17 hour distillation. The result: a highly distinctive, complex, floral gin with outstanding finish and impeccable provenance. In an age of re-badged industrial gins, the Botanist stands out as a truly artisanal, small-batch, hand-crafted labour of love and distiller's art. A breath of botanical Islay in every glass. Winemaker's notes (Sep 2019)
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The Bruichladdich Distillery (pronounced brook-laddie), was built in 1881 on the shores of Loch Indaal, Islay, by three brothers; William, John and Robert Harvey.
Not long after the distillery was built, William assumed full control and ownership, which he maintained until his death in 1930; after which the company passed through the hands of a few big names in the Whisky industry, before most recently being bought in 2012 by Rémy Cointreau.
The firm still maintains its traditional values and firm independence. Bruichladdie uses only Scottish-produced barley, and also still uses the only open-topped mash tun on the island, along with some of their original Victorian equipment.
They produce three distinct types of malt whisky, and have recently branched into the world of gin.
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