In 1994 the remote Islay distillery closed for what could have been the last time but fortune favours the brave and in 2000 a consortium led by Mark Renyier and Simon Coughlin purchased the derelict buildings and remaining stock.
Persuading the world-renowned distiller Jim McEwan to join them on their adventure at the time, the distillery reopened its doors in 2001.
From this rebirth, the progressive Hebridean distillers have continued to push the envelope and in 2010 created the Botanist Gin to add to their crafted range of spirits. After a long reign in charge of production, Adam Hannett took over from Jim in 2015.
Distilled in a Lomond pot still affectionately known as ‘Ugly Betty’, The Botanist features 22 hand-foraged local botanicals, which delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels. A slow simmer distillation allows the delicate botanicals to release their complex, signature aromatics. The result; a highly distinctive, floral gin with outstanding finish and impeccable provenance. This Islay Dry Gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of its remote Scottish island home.
Key Botanical(s): Creeping Thistle, Elder Flower, Meadowsweet
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 46% vol
Goes great with: A sprig of rosemary, tonic and ice.