The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 92 Proof
In order to produce the gin, nine classic botanicals, including orris root, cassia bark and coriander seed are macerated overnight in a grain-based spirit together with Islay spring water. Then, the gin is distilled through an antique Lomond still (one of the few Lomond stills in operation today) nicknamed Ugly Betty. During distillation, the 22 other botanicals, which are hand-picked by an expert foraging team from the windswept hills, peat bogs and Atlantic shores of Islay, are placed in the still's botanical basket. Distillation of the gin, which occurs at 0.2 atmospheres of pressure, takes 17 hours - nearly four times longer than it takes to distill whisky. I had to "learn a new dance", says Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich's master distiller.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 92 Proof made by Bruichladdich. This is a small batch islay artisinal gin that uses nine classic gin aromatics. Slow stir distilled in a unique lemond pot still using a low preasure.
Made using an astounding 31 different botanicals, this is the world's first and only Islay Dry Gin and was rated one of the world's ten best gins
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.
A highly distinctive, complex, floral gin with outstanding finish and impeccable provenance.
"Grade: A. This is really an exceptional gin that deserves seeking out, or calling by name in any proper mixed drink." — DrinkHacker
"Oscar-worthy gin." — LA Weekly