Hendrick’s Gin

Maker: Wm. Grant & Sons, Bellshill, Scotland, UKHendricks-bottle-290107

Distilled: Girvan, Scotland, UK

ABV: 44%

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.

6 thoughts on “Hendrick’s Gin

  1. When I hear ‘gin’ I invariably think back to the description of ‘Victory Gin’ in Orwell’s 1984: “The stuff was like nitric acid, and moreover, in swallowing it one had the sensation of being hit on the back of the head with a rubber club.”

    Hendrick’s sounds so much better!

  2. Hendrick’s is definitely a well crafted and highly drinkable Gin. Went to a Hendrick’s event this past fall and we got to mix a few cocktails. All good fun! The standout drink was the Hendrick’s Cooler which was made with Hendrick’s, St Germain, sparkling water, and a cucumber spear. Supremelt refreshing!

    1. Absolutely. Never actually tried a gin sour. How do you make it? I’m thinking it’s basically a Tom Collins minus the club soda. That about right?

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