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Staff Pick

Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Item # 26721 750mL
$39.99/ Single Bottle
$239.94/ Case of 6

Tasting Notes

This small-batch Islay gin uses nine of the classic gin aromatics – orris root, cassia bark, coriander seed, etc – augmented with a heady harvest of 22 wild, native island botanicals, hand-picked from the windswept hills, peat bogs and atlantic shores of this Hebridean island of Islay.

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Staff Pick Notes

This artisanal gin, combines the classic juniper forward gin with herbs and botanicals that are native to the Islay region. A terroir-driven Islay gin? Yes! Bruichladdich (well known for their whiskeys) has created a delicate, floral, complex spirit which, in lesser hands, could have easily become a confusing, jumbled mess. Luckily for us we have something delicious for a London Dry drinker seeking new territory. It works smashingly on its own, or in a G&T (craft tonic only, please) or give your Martinez cocktail (look it up, it's worth it) a funky twist. Cheers...

- EG

Astor's Glossary of Terms


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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