Back to our roots and The Botanist

Long before the Gin market exploded there were a few stunning Scottish Gins that paved the way for the rest, steadily building the interest and taste for Gin..one of those and a favourite at The Gin Den…The Botanist…one you’ll find in a multitude of places and one that we’ve tried with so many combinations…

Tonight’s G&T truly brings out an array of the flavours of the 31 botanicals that are used by the distillers.


The Botanist..1724 Tonic…Liquorice branch…Lemongrass…Coriander Seeds…Lots of Ice…Chilled Glass…Chilled Glass Straw…

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.

The Gin Den

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