A Unique Pop-up Concept, The Forager, Comes To Town

Presented by The Botanist Gin

Next month a unique pop up concept, THE FORAGER, is opening it doors. Presented by The Botanist Gin, it will see a limited number of pop up evening events taking place between June and August in unconventional, secret urban spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Each event will be intimate hosting just 30 guests, who will enjoy unique gin serves and a selection of food experiences inspired by the local environment.

“Last year we introduced local bartenders and gin enthusiasts to The Botanist, a super-premium artisanal gin, hand-crafted on the wild Hebridean island of Islay. We watched the premium gin market boom as South Africans welcomed the concept of artisanal gins and an influx of new local variety. This year we are taking the philosophy of foraging and foraged mixology further by creating unique and memorable experiences that bring this concept to life,” explained Simone Burns, South African Brand Manager, The Botanist Gin.

In the lead up to each event at THE FORAGER, three of Cape Town and Johannesburg’s finest bartenders will attend bespoke foraging experiences led by local foraging experts, Roushanna Gray and Professor Ben-Erik van Wyk. During veld, forest and sea forages in Cape Town, and highveld, lowveld and bushveld forage experiences in Johannesburg, the bartenders will personally hand forage indigenous and seasonal ingredients to create a unique foraged serve of The Botanist Gin with a local twist.

Then, on each night at THE FORAGER, the bartenders will compete in a challenge to craft the most interesting serves using The Botanist Gin and their own locally hand foraged botanicals. These will be presented to guests who will then cast their vote for the cocktail they felt was the most inspired.

At the end of THE FORAGER series, the bartender with the most votes and highest score will win an all-expense paid trip to the home of The Botanist Gin in Islay to experience first-hand the philosophy behind The Botanist and foraging in the Hebrides.

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The Botanist Gin is available at selected retailers from R499.

About The Botanist Gin

Conceived distilled and hand crafted by distilling legend Jim McEwan, The Botanist is a super premium artisanal gin distilled at the Bruichladdich Distillery on the wild Hebridean island of Islay.

It is trickle distilled and augmented with a heady harvest of 22 botanicals hand-picked by an expert foraging team from the windswept hills, peat bogs and Atlantic shores of the island. The botanists seasonally and sustainably forage for these aromatic botanicals by hand from the hills, shores and bogs of this fertile Hebridean island and then carefully dry them in preparation for distillation.

The layered complexity of The Botanist is an inspiration to professional mixologists who appreciate the flavour potential of ingredients foraged from their own local environments – to introduce a very personal dimension to this complex spirit.

Although it was originally designed to operate at significantly lower pressure than mainstream commercial stills, Jim McEwan then instigated a further series of radical modifications aimed at slowing down the distillation process even further. The aim was to maximise reflux of the heavy vapours while gently coaxing the essential oils from the foraged island botanicals. The distillation process is slow, almost painfully so, but: “the result,” claims McEwan, “is a highly seductive, satin-smooth gin with exploding floral aromas and a rich, mellow taste.

This is a gin as much for the mind as for the palate – a thinking person’s gin.

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