Hendrick’s Gin Review
Launched in the US in 2000 and the UK in 2003, the gin is a creation born from an inspirational visit to a rose garden for some cucumber sandwiches by David Stewart. His vision of a unique new gin was brought to fruition by Lesley and John Ross who worked with the Scotch Whisky Research Institute to perfect the dual distillation process that is used to create Hendrick’s Gin.
The name Hendrick’s apparently came from Janet Roberts (Williams Grant’s granddaughter) who suggested the name of her gardener.
The distinct spirit that resides inside the wonderful apothecary style bottle comes from the marriage of blends from two different stills; the Bennet Still and the Carter Head Still.
The botanicals used to make Hendrick’s are juniper berries, coriander seeds, angelica, chamomile, yarrow, lemon peel, orange peel, orris root, elderflower, caraway seeds and cubeb berries. Essences of cucumber and rose are added after distillation.
The ABV is 41.4% and this is another gin that is very easy to drink due to not being very heavy hitting in the alcohol stakes. Do be careful when drinking that you sip and not gulp.
The Hendrick’s bottle is quite simply beautiful. It is a dark glass apothecary style with a cork stopper that gives a pleasant squeak and mild pop upon opening. The whole thing screams Victorian/Georgian quirkiness and certainly Hendrick’s play on this with their marketing which is heavily Victorian (penny farthings, waxed moustaches, Victorian outfits etc.).
The aroma from the bottle is pleasant; slightly floral and with a light juniper.
So how does it taste?
Trying Hendrick’s neat treats you to a floral bouquet of flavours that reminds me of Turkish Delight. It is not heavy on either juniper or alcohol, and this is probably why it appeals to people who think they do not like gin (those of us who remember taking a crafty sip of our mother’s Gordon’s and Britvic at a party as a child and thinking we had drunk petrol or lighter fluid will enjoy the less heavy juniper of this gin).
With mixers it is delicious. The essence of rose is fairly easy to detect, cucumber less so. I find adding cucumber to a glass adds to the drink, though I am also fond of lime with a Hendrick’s as the additional citrus gives it more depth.
There is a slight spiciness to this gin that is warming and pleasing on the tongue. I am left wondering if the addition of some liquorice might also create a pleasant drink; I shall experiment and see where that takes this gin.
Fever Tree tonic works very well with Hendrick’s and the Mediterranean Tonic is excellent as the inclusion of geranium works very well with the rose.
Overall this gin is very fine indeed and it is unsurprising that it is often voted as one of the best gins in the world in various polls.
In terms of price it is most commonly found at circa £24.50 for a 70cl bottle and is available at a large number of outlets in the UK and US. It is likely to be found behind the counter of most serious gin serving establishments.
Marks out of ten for
Taste 8/10 – Put simply, a deliciously smooth gin that should appeal to most gin drinkers and especially to those new to gin. Some may not like the floral hit but as Hendrick’s themselves say, this gin is not for everyone.
Price 8/10 – In the UK you can pick up a bottle for circa £24.50 from most outlets, though it is worth keeping an eye out for offers from the big supermarkets.
Availability 8/10 – Most UK supermarkets sell Hendrick’s and it is available at most serious gin serving establishments.