So Bruichladdich, never one to not jump with both feet straight into an idea, have created a gin called The Botanist, a limited edition gin (15,000 bottles). It makes sense really, as the base spirit is the same, you just chuck a load of botanicals in it and ta-daa, you have a gin. It contains 31 different botanicals, 22 of which, including Juniper, are native to Islay.
It is a clean, creamy aroma with light prickles of pepper on the nose. A sweet juniper aroma too with hints of sea salt. The palate is bone dry, lots of bitter elements, lots of pepper and yet a great creamy texture. Very clean on the finish with spice, lemon zest and a pear element. Really tasty.
With tonic (Fever Tree!) it becomes a stunning, slightly sweet gin and tonic. The tonic brings out all the sweeter elements of the gin, mutes the pepper a bit but reveals a lovely apple and herbal element.
This is a good gin - ok, at £25 it isn't cheap, but it is a much better and interesting gin than the likes of Tanqueray Ten and the omnipresent "we-need-a-point-of-difference-on-our-bars-gantry-so-we-will-have-the-same-point-of-difference-gin-as-every-other-bar-in-town-and-stock-Hendricks". There are many other great gins on the market so you don't need to hunt this down, but if you see it, try it. It is a good gin.