Bruichladdich Tasting Notes

Posted: April 29, 2014 in Gin, Scottish Gin

The Botanist Gin 46%

Distilled at Bruichladdich

Tasted: Mar 2011

31 botanicals are used in the production of The Botanist, including 22 native to Islay. The full list of botanicals is as follows: angelica root, apple mint, birch leaves, bog myrtle leaves, cassia bark, chamomile, cinnamon bark, coriander seed, creeping thistle flowers, elder flowers, gorse flowers, heather flowers, hawthorn flowers, wild Islay juniper berries, lardy’s bedstraw flowers, lemon balm, lemon peel, liquorice root, meadow sweet, orange peel, oris root, peppermint leaves, mugwort leaves, red clover flowers, tansy, thyme leaves, water mint leaves, white clover, wood sage leaves. 

The nose is distinctly London Dry in character with plenty of crisp citrus rind, juniper, herbs and floral notes. A lovely complex and fresh nose with no shortage of depth and a slight creaminess. The palate is slightly oily but balanced by the crisp and citrusy fruit. Again herby with plenty of juniper and an almost tart alcohol which gives it a very mouth watering touch. Fresh and long with a slightly rooty/ barky/ earthy finish. 

The Botanist Gin 46%

Re-Tasted: May 2013

A lovely crisp and herbal nose of juniper, elder flowers, chamomile, slightly salty citrus and a touch of orange. Lightly creamy in nature with some lightly oiled barley notes. 

The palate is fresh and very herbal – bog myrtle, elder flowers, gorse, thyme and chamomile. The spirit itself has a pleasant creaminess along with featherlike barley sweetness. Lightly spiced on the middle, showing some cinnamon and coriander along with a gentle salinity. Good length with a light orange/ tangerine note in the finish.  

The Botanists Gin 46%

Re-Tasted: Sept 2013

A very complex, fresh and herbal nose with smoky Juniper and orange/ lemon peel. Lightly oiled but pleasantly sweet with hints of hawthorn and perfumed elderflower and late notes of peppermint and thyme. 

Lightly oiled and gently creamy on the palate with juniper, coriander, cassia bark spices up first followed by some angelica and sweet orange. Lovely building herbal freshness on the middle with a touch of peppermint and bog myrtle. Long, fresh finish with hints of elderflower and salt.



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