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- Distiller– William Grant & Sons
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV) – 41.4%
- Country – Scotland
Love this bottle, it’s along the same lines as Monkey 47. A rather Gothic/Victorian style bottle that could just as easily be displayed on the shelf in Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory when he created ‘The Monster’.
I simply love this bottle, it’s along the same lines as the fabulous Monkey 47. A rather Gothic/Victorian style bottle that could just as easily be displayed on the shelf in Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory when he created ‘The Monster’.
Always stands out amongst the other gins on the bar shelf. This design is timeless perfection and Hendrick’s would be insane to alter it.
Hendrick’s distills in minuscule batches of only 500 litres for greater control of quality. The inclusion of cucumber certainly explains for the distinctive fresh taste.
Hendrick’s Gin was launched to a warm welcome in 1999 by William Grant & Sons. This was a time when in the local bar we were only presented with a small selection of Gins from the main brands such as Beefeater and Gordons.
William Grant & Sons were in my opinion a bit of a trailblazer back in 99, they were amongst the few ‘new age’ gins that we take for granted today. Even today, sourcing quality ingredients and, dual still distilling (more on that later) and produced in small batches of only 500 litres for greater control of quality means this Gin is still ahead of the curve.
Some may say this is becoming old hat as more modern Gins are on the market that are more refined, but I feel as long as they don’t tinker with their excellent recipe and production methods then this will be with us for many years to come.
The addition of cucumber was such a brilliant choice as this Gin will always be called upon as the Gin of choice at summer garden parties.
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Juniper, orange peel, yarrow, chamomile, coriander, and infused with Bulgarian rose petals and cucumber
Initially hits you with its crispness and upfront cucumber, then a slight hint of citrus and floral from the rose petal. I personally don’t recommend the cucumber garnish as suggested by Hendricks themselves as it can overpower the rose and slight citrus.
Orange garnish as an interesting alternative adds to the muted citrus and balances things nicely. Still the perfect Gin to enjoy on a British summers day.
A Bit of Trivia
Hendrick’s Gin is actually a combination of two different spirits from two stills, namely their Carter-Head still and their Bennet still. These two stills produce noticeably different styles of gin due to their different design and distillation method.
With the Carter-Head still botanicals are placed in a copper basket, and the vapour passes through the bucket. This produces a lighter Gin.
The Bennet ‘pot still’ is more traditional and provides a deeper flavour, whereby the botanicals are macerated for 24 hours and then distilled.
After blending the two spirits together to ensure a more balanced flavour, Hendrick’s master distiller, Lesley Gracie then adds both rose and cucumber essence before dilution from approx. 80% ABV down to the Hendrick’s standard 41.4% ABV.
As I am sure you are wondering, if Hendricks Gin was first produced in 1999, then why does the label on the bottle clearly displays 1886! This is the date when the first William Grant distillery was founded, not the actual gin. William Grant & Sons have been producing many classic Whiskies such as Drambuie, Glenfiddich and Monkey Shoulder to name a few.
The Gin Geek recommends Hendrick’s with ice, Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water plus a wedge of orange to garnish.
Although Hendrick’s themselves recommend garnishing with cucumber, I feel it simply makes the drink taste like cucumber water (strong cucumber water of course!)
Originally Hendrick’s wanted to make a gin that encapsulated the wonderful British summer, with us wolfing down cucumber sandwiches whilst playing croquet in our rose garden. Pretty sure they have achieved that. “Darling, have you seen my monocle?”
Although as Gin drinkers we are now spoilt for choice and you could honestly drink a different Gin every day for many years, this is still a great Gin so if you have not had it in a while, give it another go this summer.
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Bonus Cocktail Recipes x3
Hendricks is a premium Gin and can be enjoyed in many cocktails, in particular the following three are great to make yourself. Go on, you know you want to.
1. Dirty Martini
- 70 ml Hendrick’s gin
- 1 tbsp dry vermouth
- 2 tbsp olive brine
- 1 wedge of lemon
- 1 Green olive
- Pour the gin, dry vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds.
- Rub the rim of a chilled martini glass with the wedge of lemon.
- Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass and add the olive
2. Gordons Cup
- 1/2 of 1 small lime, cut into 6 wedges
- 2 1/2-inch-thick rounds peeled cucumber
- 1/4 cup gin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Simple Syrup (see recipe)
- 1 cup cracked ice
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Place lime and cucumber in cocktail shaker; mash with muddler or wooden spoon until lime is juiced and cucumber is pulpy.
- Add gin and Simple Syrup, then ice. Cover; shake vigorously 3 times.
- Pour contents of shaker into rocks glass.
- Sprinkle with salt.
3. French 75
- 50ml gin
- 15ml lemon juice
- 15ml simple syrup **
- Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake for about 5 – 10 seconds.
- Strain into a champagne flute and top with chilled Champagne.
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