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Calling it flimsy would be generous
on 28 June 2016
It's rare for me to leave one-star reviews, but this is a truly awful product. I like Bruichladdich, their mission statement, their whisky, their overall brand, but this is a truly awful product.
The Botanist is positioning itself as a premium gin, subtle flavour profile and all that. Nothing from this gin leaps out at me. No character, no distinctiveness, just mild juniper and alcohol burn as a finish.
My true test of a gin is an extra-dry (read 10:1) martini with a lemon twist. This gin is so flat, so flimsy that the vermouth and lemon overwhelm all 22 botanicals. This gin is so weak it gets railroaded by 5 ml of dry vermouth.
I have never tasted a more disappointing gin.