One can have a taste of Islay where this round they brings you with their first and only dry gin- The Botanist. The Botanist is the versatile liquid which features 22 hand-foraged botanicals which delicately augment the spirit’s nine core ingredients of berries, bark, seeds and peels is a rare expression of the heart and soul of the remote Scottish island.
The Botanical is created by the former Master Distiller Jim McEwan of Progressive Hebridean Distillers Bruichladdich. The Botanist began with a proud fascination with the hills, woods and wetlands of Islay. Always one to challenge convention, McEwan wanted to explore the world of gin – specifically how his native paradise could play a part in the conception of the spirit.
The Botanist Gin comes to life through a team of progressive Hebridean distillers and botanical scientists, armed with extensive knowledge about the aromatic herbs and delicate flora of the Scottish island, who handpicked all ingredients locally and sustainably in the heart of Islay. The 22 Island botanicals used in The Botanist all grow on different parts of the island and bloom at different times of the year, making the hand-foraging a challenging, but rewarding, endeavour.
And in producing the gin, everything starts in March where the foraging begins with young Birch leaves that impart a distinct nutty flavor; in May, the botanical scientists are on the lookout for the subtle touch of anise brought by Sweet Cicely, while in June, they must keep their eyes peeled for Water Mint and Wood Sage. Come August, the powerful flavours of Tansy and Chamomile will be ripe for picking, and the team must harvest late summer Heather for their lovely honeyed undertones.
Incredible care is exercised in the distillation process, as the precious botanicals are slowly and gently coaxed into releasing their complex, signature aromatics in The Botanist’s unique and cherished Lomond pot-still. The result? A delicious manifestation of passionate creativity and artisanal craftsmanship.
The Botanist hopes to inspire all those who consume it to discover complimentary, seasonal flavours, from anywhere in the world. This exceptional liquid acts as a canvas for even more intricate and unique cocktail creations which can be experienced in Malaysia now. And now, one can purchase The Botanist at selected major Supermarket include AEON, Mercato Pavilion KL, Jaya Grocer, Village Grocer, Jason’s Food Hall and many more. You can also enjoy them in Shangri-La Hotel, Majestic Hotel, MAZE Gin Parlour & Coffee Saloon, W.I.P Café & Restaurant, Bar Trigona, Suzie Wong, Troika Sky Dining, PS150, Mrs Jones’ Parlour,JungleBird and many more.