Thanks to our pals over at Hendrick’s, we’re already primed for the idea of a good Scottish gin that was a novelty some 10 short years ago. The new Scot contender at the gin smackdown is The Botanist, brought to us by Bruichladdich—an Islay distillery known mainly for its peaty, smoky scotch. Of late, it’s gotten into the gin game.
In addition to the traditional sources of flavour (orris root, juniper, orange peel, etc.) used in standard gin distillation, this one includes some 22 extra botanicals, hence the name. It’s claimed that the flavour-enhancing bonuses are wild botanicals foraged from craggy rocks in the Hebrides, and they make for the most hipster-ishly sourced gin maybe ever.
But we won’t hold it against them, since the end result is a strong tasting salty, oily gin. And quite frankly, we can’t honestly claim to be able to taste the heather, hawthorne, chamomile or even the Lady Bedstraw flowers. Which is probably a good thing.
Here for a limited time, it’s certainly worth trying for fellow gin enthusiasts, even at the fairly hefty price of $44.95 for a 700 ml bottle.
Walk, don’t run, though, since there are still some 54 bottles left at the Summerhill LCBO.