Gin Review: Hendrick’s Gin
For me, there are few better alcohol drinks one can enjoy during the brutally hot days of summer than a bright and refreshing gin and tonic. Over the years I have spent more than a few dollars and several hangovers trying to create the perfect G&T. I can honestly say that at this point I think I have tried nearly every combination of premium gin with tonic water that’s readily available at most alcohol retailers and I can finally say that I have narrowed the list down to two, one of which is Hendrick’s Gin. Hendrick’s was created by William Grant & Sons in Girvan, Scotland. Interestingly, rather than just the traditional juniper concoction, Hendrick’s blends the flavors of Bulgarian Rose and cucumber into the mixture. Another unusual fact is that Hendrick’s Gin is actually a combination of derived from the same starting gin, but then distilled in two very different stills. First they use a very rare and unique device known as a Carter-Head Still of which there are very few in the world and secondly they use a small pot still, commonly called a Bennet Still, and developed in 1860. The two different distillation processes result in two very different gin profiles. The two resulting mixtures are then blended together to create a strikingly unique flavor. Many companies tout the fact that they create their brews in “small batches” or runs of 1000 liters or less. However, in order to maintain a strict control over quality and perfection, Hendrick’s produces “miniscule batches” or less than 450 liters per batch. The bottle itself is straight forward and unassuming, not to mention it looks quite small when compared to its bottled brethren. The profile of the gin begins with an initial pop of juniper like most top-tier gins; however, it quickly mellows and starts to release a floral rose note. I found Hendrick’s to be a bit lighter and drier than many gins, perfect for making the ultimate G&T or a phenomenal martini. So although it seems a bit counter intuitive to seek out and purchase fine gin hailing from Scotland, take a chance on this one. With a unique process that develops a rare and unusual flavor profile, trying Hendrick’s gin is as much an innovative experience as it is refreshingly peculiar!
Price: $40.xx per bottle
Characteristics: Strong juniper followed by a mellow floral rose note
Verdict: Buy Now!