The Botanist is indeed an Islay gin. You can pick up some of the same terroir-level tastes that you’d find in a very light scotch from these guys, as well as a completely-understandable compulsion to put the word The in front of things that don’t need the word The in front of them.
This makes a damn fine The gin and tonic. And this is the last time we’ll be using superfluous Thes.
Here’s what we thought:
dan – citrus rind, ginger, herbal
simon – herbal medicine, pine, juniper
goran – lychee, vanilla, mint, licorice
ryan – citrus & pine
dan – lemon ginger ale, ethyl alcohol
simon – lemon rind, grapefruit, resin
goran – sprite, candy mint, round flavour
ryan – pine sap
dan – whisky ginger ale
simon – grapefruit soda
goran – lemon but not lime
ryan – becomes sweeter and more refined
Try it? Yes! Buy it? It’s my go-to for gin now.