THE BOTANIST Gin and Tonic Review (by Steve the Barman)

Hey folks and welcome to today’s edition of #StBLive does Gin and as we just said, today we’re talking about The Botanist.

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The Botanist is a really lovely Scottish Gin and it’s a proper premium gin and I’m going to talk you through it. All of the botanicals that they use in this and where it comes from. So as we just said, It’s a Scottish Gin. It comes from the Isle of Islay which is famous for it’s big, peaty, Malt Scotch Whiskies, your Laphroaig’s, Lagavulin’s and all that kind of stuff. The guys responsible for this are the Bruichladdich distillery. A lot of whisky people really do like gin, so Gin kind of goes hand in hand with whisky. And what Bruichladdich thought a couple of years ago was that they’re gonna add a Gin to their Portfolio, and they’ve come up with this.

Now the special thing about this, they use 22 botanicals in there. The 22 botanicals are natively foraged from the Isle of Islay. They’ve got their 9 normal botanicals; your citrus peels, your angelica roots, your licorice, your coriander, and all that kind of stuff. Then they’ve got these 22 which are made up of different various mints, of hawthorn, of clovers, bog myrtle, gorse, elder, all that kind of stuff. To distil The Botanist, they prefer a slow Distillation process…about 17/18 hours to bring all these flavours together, which is a very long process in Gin world. Most Gins normally distil for about 8/10 hours, but this they take 17 hours. So in total, they’ve got over 30 Botanicals in there, And what this creates, is a really complex but lovely, herby floral gin.

What you get on the nose, you get a sort of, well I get Pine Trees. Pine Trees and a bit of sage and obviously a bit of berries. But the juniper really comes through too.

But when you mix it with Tonic, it becomes a very complex tasting Gin, almost different layers of flavours coming through. Now to make it as a Gin and Tonic, I actually recommend Fentimans Tonic Water with this. There’s no right or wrong, I just personally think it tastes better. Fentimans is available in all your supermarkets. But I think it, for me personally, it just works a little bit better than your Fever Trees and all that. And also, it’s the perfect size. If you put a whole bottle of the 200 ml Fever Tree into this gin to make this gin and tonic, it’s gonna drown the flavours. So you want to go 1:3 ratio on this, and this is a perfect size, 125 ml bottle’s in there.

To Garnish this G&T, I’m gonna use a Lime wedge. Don’t squeeze this in, just gonna drop it in there. And I’ll also use some fresh mint out of the garden. All you need to do, is just slap it in the palm of your hand and just drop it in there. Then all you need to do, is just gently stir. And that’s all you need to do to bring those flavours together. Don’t stir it too hard, especially with Fentimans Tonic, because it’s not the most lively of Tonics out there, it’s all about the flavour with that. It’s not got the effervescence of your Schweppes or your Fever Tree Tonics.

So that is today’s Gin and Tonic. Go and hunt The Botanist down. It’s actually available on Amazon at the moment, Amazon Prime, £30 a bottle. I have also seen it in Waitrose and I’ve seen it in Marks and Spencer Food Halls.

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Thirst First by Steve the Barman says:

Hot off the press, served The Botanist last night with a few slices of Green Apple. Very Nice. Anyone tasted this Gin yet?

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