The Botanist: Gin from… Scotland

Thursday, 24 May, 2012

New in the Rainy Day drinks cabinet is the latest creation from the island of Islay, a dry gin called “The Botanist“. The aroma is classically gin floral but with a Hebridean character that evokes hazy hills, bogs, turf and Atlantic surf. Upon sipping, The Botanist reveals itself as a tonguetaste of purity, a mouthfeel of spice market and a throatfinish of silk. Upon reflection, there’s ginger, turmeric, citrus, orris root, coriander seed, cassia bark, rose, cucumber and blackcurranty things.

Note I: For fans of whisky, gin, poetry, piping, fiddle playing and dance, the Islay Festival, which starts today, should be memorable.

Note II: For those who like a chilled drink without the dilution of melting ice cubes, Sipping Stones are the cool alternative.

Botanist gin

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