Bruichladdich Botanist Gin (750ml)

SKU #1084770 Wine Enthusiast

 Although the “Botanist” name might suggest a floral gin, instead the flavor profile veers toward herbs and spices. There’s a subtle, herbal scent, with anise flavors up front, backed by coriander seed and cassia bark on the spicy finish. Made by Bruichladdich Distillery, which is renowned for its Scotch, on a pot-still named Ugly Betty. Sold in an attractive, square-shouldered, gift-worthy bottle.  (4/2012)

K&L Notes

What happens when you take one of the great single malt distillers of all time, put him in a room with an old Scottish pot still and have him make gin using only botanicals found on the legendary isle of Islay? Trouble. Trouble for other gin producers, that is. Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan has decided to tackle the gin market and his Botanist gin is simply to die for. Clean, brimming with lemon peel, vibrant junipe and lovely floral notes, and utterly soft on the palate, this is gin to drink neat--straight from the bottle. Made entirely on Bruichladdich's old school pot still (known affectionately as "Ugly Betty"), this is one of the great and more unique gins to hit the market--ever. We've been waiting impatiently for more than a year for this to finally make it to California. I've talked it up to customers for what seems like ages, but the time to get some for ourselves is finally here. While the gin itself isn't limited, getting it here has been quite a challenge. We were only able to secure 120 bottles for the time being, and I'm not sure when we'll be able to order again. You know what that means: buy it sooner than later. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2015 | Send Email
Fantastic gin from Bruichladdich distillery on the famous island of Islay. Potent and punchy flavor with an elegant mouthfeel. You can't go wrong.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2012 | Send Email
This is going to be a very strange review, so bear with me. Normally, I am NOT a gin fan. I usually don't even like the smell of it. However, this Botanist gin smells, well, like flowers. It has juniper on the nose, but it is very elegant and muted. There are a lot of white flower notes and some rose scents (for me patient, I've never described a gin before!). On the palate, it is soft and smooth, with good body that is not too heavy or oily. Here again, the juniper is subtle and almost slighty sweet. This is not gin-and-tonic gin. Don't ruin it by mixing! Serve it neat or maybe with one small ice cube. Better yet, just keep it in the fridge. If a wuss like me can handle it neat, you can too! You won't be disappointed!

By: Cadby | Review Date: 3/22/2014
What a beautiful Gin. Such a smooth mouth with deftly handled yet omnipotent botanicals. The palate is very clean but the finish lingers. This is my go to Martini gin, don't dare dilute with tonic or any other additive. A powerful, delicate beauty.

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