In the Scottish seaside village of Girvan, Ayrshire, the Hendrick’s Gin Palace looks out over the volcanic island of Ailsa Craig. One of the driving forces behind gin’s meteoric rise in popularity, Hendrick’s has been honing its signature blend of botanicals – spearheaded by the iconic pairing of rose petals and cucumber – for decades, proving that there’s more to gin than just juniper.
In recent years master distiller Lesley Gracie has opened the doors to the Hendrick’s Cabinet of Curiosities, introducing the world to a range of experimental releases as well as gins inspired by Ayrshire’s rugged coastline, the flora and fauna of the distillery’s gardens and more.
The one that started it all, Hendrick’s Original has remained a staple gin in drinks cabinets around the world, while still daring to stand out. This is an unusual gin created with a curious blend of botanicals, including chamomile, juniper, elderflower, orange peel, orris root and, most notably, rose and cucumber.
Launched in 1999, Hendrick’s was created by master distiller Lesley Gracie to be a crisp, elegant and fundamentally different answer to its contemporaries. Its fresh, floral flavour – achieved through the use of two types of still to infuse the spirit with a blend of eleven botanicals – along with its distinctive bottle succeeded in setting Hendrick’s Gin apart from its competitors, while the expansion of the range to include Orbium, Neptunia and more has cemented Hendrick’s as the grande dame of the gin renaissance.