Chosen for their incredible bouquet of aromas, the Islay botanicals are foraged responsibly each year from March to October, from the hills, bogs and shores of Islay. James picks only as much as he needs, from a wide variety of areas, monitoring population health as he goes. All of them are commonly found on Islay, and each individual botanical has a fascinating history in brewing and traditional medicine. It’s not the easiest way to make gin – it takes 7 months to pick and dry each botanical, petal by petal, leaf by leaf, but we think it’s the best way. These ingredients provide the menthol, herbaceous, sweet and floral notes that The Botanist is known for. These are the 22.