CREATIVE chefs and bartenders have understood the potential of foraged flavours for years, now.
Gathering inspiration from plants that grow locally to them, they have been at the forefront of a movement that can reconnect us with a wilder world that most of us have forgotten.
This is the realm of The Botanist, the first and only Islay Dry Gin, trickle distilled on a remote Scottish island that clings to the edge of the Atlantic ocean.
It too draws flavours from the landscape of its wild Hebridean home, incorporating no fewer than 22 local botanicals into a complex and alluring spirit.
The Botanist is not at all prescriptive in how it should be consumed or what it should be consumed with. It is a gin that invites us to be creative. It seeks to re-imagine conventional drinks using in-season, locally sourced ingredients from our local environment.
It is an exciting and original way to express ourselves by foraging for flavour in the landscape that surrounds us. Wherever we may be.
Beautifully presented in striking white flint glass with the names of the 22 Islay botanicals embossed on its surface, The Botanist is now also available in a stylish cylindrical tin.
This is a limited edition package that elegantly reflects both the quality of the liquid and the beautiful bottle hidden within.
Photo: Scottish foraging tutor, Mark Williams, at work on Islay.
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