Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hendrick's Gin – Certainly Not Your Average Gin.

Wow!, we recently tried Hendrick’s Gin – a Scottish small-batch spirit made by William Grant and Sons distillery, a Scottish company world-renowned for its acclaimed Glenfiddich and Balvenie single malt scotch.

What makes Hendrick's Gin unique are hints of coriander and citrus and a very pronounced cucumber taste. Some of Hendrick’s unique flavour is owed to its vapour-infusion process. The distillers revived a 19th century gin-making process using an antique 19th century Carterhead still that has been restored. Rather than boiling the raw botanicals – elderflower, orange and lemon peel and juniper, to name a few – “bathes ” the raw botanical in vapours. Bulgarian hand-picked rose petals and Dutch cucumbers are distilled and added after the bath. The gin’s dark bottle is modeled after a Victorian medicine bottle. From first glance you have some notion this isn’t your average gin.

Hendrick’s Gin is a fine spirit and one that my lovely wife now prefers over that ole stalwart standby, Bombay Sapphire Gin.