The Botanist to release limited edition 2011 Single Cask Islay Aged Gin

The Botanist has announced an exclusive bottling of one of the oldest aged gins on the market.

Published 24th May 2021
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The 2011 Single Cask Islay Aged Gin has been maturing in the Bruichladdich Distillery’s warehouse on Islay since the year that The Botanist was launched.

Under the watchful eye of head distiller, Adam Hannett, the gin has been matured in a premium red wine cask, soaking up the colour and flavours of the oak barrel and the marine influence of the Islay sea air.

With just one cask available, there are only 418 350ml bottles of this limited-edition liquid available.

Speaking of the release, Adam said: “It’s something special to have a single cask of The Botanist, matured from the first year that we realised it out into the world.

"We describe The Botanist as the unique expression of the heart and soul of Islay but obviously the island is best known for whisky.

"Curiosity and patience led us to this unique experiment. We think it’s been worth the wait.”

The team said: "This one-of-a-kind cask of The Botanist offers consumers a flavour that combines notes of brown sugar, honey, tobacco and toffee from the oak, with a finish of citrus freshness and sweet-scented juniper.

" It’s best enjoyed neat or on the rocks to allow all the flavours to come through."

Douglas Taylor, CEO of Bruichladdich Distillery added: “This single cask of The Botanist, Islay aged gin is the embodiment of our curiosity, craft and philosophy.

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"To think that it has been maturing quietly on Islay, from the very beginning of the brands existence to this point, is really special. I’m delighted to toast The Botanist’s tenth birthday with this incredible and unique spirit.”

The Botanist is releasing this limited-edition bottling as part of Bruichladdich Distillery’s Fèis Ìle 2021 celebrations.

This virtual event, taking place on 30 May, is centred around some of the milestones achieved in the distilleries 140 year history.

These milestones include 20 years since the Bruichladdich reopened, 10 years since The Botanist was first distilled and one year since the distillery was awarded their B Corp certification.

The Botanist 2011 Single Cask Islay Aged Gin will be on sale from 30 May 2021 via ballot. Register to buy here.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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