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The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

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The Botanist Islay Dry Gin hails from Bruichladdich Distillery in Scotland

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

The Botanist may well be Scotland's finest gin. Its complex mash bill is sourced from across the country, and includes hawthorn, white clover, angelica root, cassia bark, coriander seed, juniper berries, licorice root, orange peel and elderflower. In all, there are nine of the traditional botanicals and 22 plants unique to Scotland. This is an immensely floral gin, with the addition of apple, menthol, honey, coconut and a touch of peat bog. The intensity recalls that of its sister Islay whiskies. The flavors explode on the palate, and the finish is huge before settling into a lovely licorice-tinged warmth.

To discover the array of local botanicals used to craft The Botanist, visit the Bruichladdich official website

Origin: Scotland

Price: $40

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