Recommended by William, Spirits Manager @Habersham St.
92 Points, Distiller.com
If you're not a Scotch whisky drinker, you very likely have never heard of a man named Jim McEwan. Jim spent 38 years with Bowmore and held every job there from apprentice cooper to Distillery Manager. In 2001, he left Bowmore to reopen Bruichladdich as their Master Distiller. Along with the dozens of single malt bottlings he created, he wanted to distill a gin that reflects his home of Islay, the island he loves. The Botanist is a gin comprised of 9 standard botanicals and an additional 22 that were hand-foraged from Islay itself--botanicals like apple mint, heather, red clover, and meadowsweet among many others. The gin is distilled over 17 hours in a Lomond Still (a hybrid column + pot still). It is bottled at 46% ABV.
92 Points, WE
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Sweet, mild, clean fragrance of lemon, juniper and licorice. This is a complex gin; cinnamon spice, astringent pine needles, a touch of lime zest and, finally, a big licorice finish comes singing through. Slightly oily feel. Great for a gimlet or martini with a lemon twist.
94 Points, BTI
94 Points, Beverage Testing Institute
Clear. Delicate aromas of cucumber, rose, honeyed citrus and floral juniper with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with a long, elegant and smooth finish. A sensationally flavorful and seamless gin.
88 Points, T
88 Points, Tastings.com
Delicate, floral, grassy aromas and flavors of lemon verbena and basil, lemon pudding cake, fruit loops, and pickled melon with a silky, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length candied violets, earl grey tea with cream, and minerals finish.
95 Points, D
95 Points, Distiller.com; #1 Gin, Scottish Gin Awards
The Original Gin’s bouquet shows a beautiful combination of bright citrus, earthy coriander, and a healthy dose of refreshing juniper matched with the spirit’s calling card: the sea buckthorn berry. These tart little fruits give an invigorating character to the gin, but compliment the traditional botanicals rather than hijacking the flavor profile making this a great tool in all sorts of traditional applications — particularly well-suited for a gin and tonic. The distillate has a rich mouthfeel and no real impression of alcoholic burn or spice.