The Botanist is more than just a spirit, it is of a place; a progressive exploration and a rare expression of the heart and soul of Ise of Islay. As part of the ongoing #BeTheBotanist campaign, the gin brand introduced a mini film series, Wild – A State of Mind featuring foragers, chefs and bartenders from our global community that share a deep understanding of the place where they live and its seasons.
Drawn to the philosophy of The Botanist, this community of like-minded souls are connected by a passion to explore their native landscapes and discover all that nature’s larder has to offer.
At the Malaysia debut of Wild – A State of Mind, Chloe Wood, Asia Pacific Brand Ambassador for The Botanist said “The individuals featured in the films are at the cutting edge of foraging. They are innovative, creative, purposeful and we hope they inspire audiences to reconnect with nature and build a relationship with the environment that surrounds them”.
We were brought into the world of The Botanist through a farm-to-table experience crafted by Chef Albert Frantzen at Roost KL. Located in Bangsar, the menu was complemented by locally inspired foraged cocktails by Shirmy Chan.
To further empower guests, the gin brand invited local organisation, CityFarm Malaysia to further inspire more city farmers to grow locally from anywhere for a more sustainable future of food production. During the event, they demonstrated methods to grow herbs to customise and enhance their The Botanist drinking experience with the perfect garnish – bringing out the 22 subtle botanicals.
Douglas Taylor, CEO of Bruichladdich Distillery said “In creating The Botanist, we explored the flavours of our own backyard, the Isle of Islay. The Botanist has its own full-time professional Forager, James Donaldson, who sustainably handpicks 22 local island botanicals to be used in the distillation of our Islay Dry Gin, harvest by harvest, year by year”.
“Through our involvement in the foraging movement, we’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the most exciting foragers, chefs and bartenders from all over the world. Through these films, we hope to show people that there’s a world of flavour out there and to encourage people to get out there and discover it. With this philosophy in mind, we believe that the best way to enjoy The Botanist is to create local and seasonal drinks using foraged ingredients.”