The Botanist Gin 20cl & Tonic Pakket
Contains all you need for four The Botanist gin tonics!
The Botanist Gin & Tonic Pakket
Containing four serves of The Botanist gin (50ml / serve), along with 2 different Fever-Tree tonics, this lets you try two different perfect serves of The Botanist Gin & Tonic.
This pack contains 4 perfect serves:
NB:This does not come in a gift box - Full pack contents shown in image
1 x The Botanist Gin 20cl
2 x Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water 200ml
2 x Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water 200ml
1 x Gin Fling Tuscan Juniper Berries 10g
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
Islay, the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides islands off the coast of Scotland is where The Botanist is distilled. It takes it's name from the wild local botanicals which are used in the recipe, and from the local botanists who collect them.
This gin is truly of the Island, and a real exploration through taste and experience of the Hebridean Flora.
The 22 native, hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment more traditional gin botanicals (Cassia, Coriander, Juniper, Orange, Cinnamon, Lemon, Licorice, Angelica Root and Orris Root). These 22 are, Apple Mint, Chamomile, Creeping Thistle, Downy Birch, Elder, Gorse, Hawthorn, Heather, Juniper, Lady's Bedstraw, Lemon Balm, Meadowsweet, Mugwort, Red Clover, Spear Mint, Sweet Cicely, Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale), Tansy, Water Mint, White Clover, Wild Thyme and Wood Sage.
The achingly slow distillation happens in a Lomond Still (one of the last in existence). The still is brought to temperature (hand hot - no thermometers used!). The core botanicals are then layered in the still and let to steep for twelve hours. After this time, the still temperature is increased to simmering point and the island botanicals are infused. These are held in loosely woven muslin sacks through which the vapours easily pass.
This has a classical gin aroma. Plenty of pine from the juniper, along with a citrus note and a touch of floral from meadowsweet and woodruff.
On the palate this gin really comes alive. It's exceptionally smooth, coating the mouth perfectly - which helps impact flavours. Initially you can taste a cooling mint mixed perfectly with the juniper. Lemon zest, and a floral note come next - mixed with a little spice. Towards the end, the juniper comes back, with a warming note of vanilla, licorice and a little woodiness. The finish is long, dry and with an astringency which has you reaching for another sip.
In our opinion The Botanist really stands out from the crowd. Normally with gins where there are a large number of botanicals its easy for each to be very overpowering, almost shouting to be noticed. With the Botanist, the flavours all merge perfectly - each can be tasted - if its looked for, but they work perfectly together to really give a pleasant journey for the palate.
Take a large glass and fill with ice, gently pour in 50ml of the gin (1/4 of the bottle) and one of the tonics. Add a few of the (included) Tuscan Juniper berries as a perfect garnish.