Distilled: Girvan, Scotland, UK
Appearance: Like water, but with long, slow, sticky legs.
Nose: Juniper, alcohol, lemon peel, green cardamom, cumin, cucumber, cedar.
On the palate: Full-bodied and dry. Hot curry and a cucumber salad.
Finish: Dry and rich. Coniferous, with tangerine, lime leaves, and a background vegetal note.
Mixed: Does OK with tonic and in a Tom Collins, but some of the finer points are lost and the tonic clashes with it a bit. Shines in a very dry martini, complementing the herbal flavors in the vermouth beautifully.
Parting words: Hendrick’s is a very well regarded gin, and I can see why. It’s very ggod, but it is not something I would reach for if I wanted a quick, relaxing G & T; it’s a martini (or neat) gin and does best in that application. The bottle is also good looking, with the design of an antique medicine bottle. Hendrick’s is fairly priced for what it is at $36 (state minimum) here in Michigan. It is recommended.