Launched in 1999, Hendrick’s is a popular and widely available Scottish gin. It is notable for its use of rose petals and cucumber alongside traditional botanicals and for blending two separate spirits – one created in a small pot still and another in a carter-head still in order to extract the different flavours of the different botanicals.
Hendrick’s wondrous botanical signature consists of flowers, roots, fruits, and seeds from the world over. They function to complement and set the stage for our delicious duet of infusions: rose petal and cucumber. Hendrick’s curious flavour can produce some delightful cocktails, however the traditionalists prefer a classic gin and tonic garnished with a cucumber slice.
Hendrick’s Gin is a brand of gin produced by William Grant & Sons in Girvan, Scotland, and was launched in 1999.
|Botanicals include Juniper, Rose Petals, Cucumber, Coriander, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Cubeb Berries, Grains of Paradise, Caraway Seeds, Elderflower, Yarrow, Chamomile with flavours of Juniper, Cucumber and Rose.|
What the Honest Crew say …
Make sure to pair with quality Tonic to really make the most of this gin so maybe pair with some Fentamen’s Tonic and a slice of cucumber to really make your tastebutts blush. We are in love Hendrick’s.
|Our Honest Verdict … Hendrick’s is a beautiful English Gin with great floral notes coming through in the after taste. Make sure to pair with quality Tonic to really make the most of this gin so maybe pair with some Fentamen’s Tonic and a slice of cucumber to really make your tastebutts blush. We are in love Hendrick’s.|
What other experts say …
Juniper Diaries says … Tasted neat, Hendrick’s gin is a gentle, subtle gin. It is not a big juniper gin, which likely contributes heavily to its popularity, however, it is smooth and complex. The nose is fresh and floral and the initial attack is gentle but there is little spice in the after-taste which is almost entirely floral. The flavour of rose builds and even cuts through tonic water to leave a beautiful after-taste of rose.
I cannot honestly say if my palette can pick out the cucumber. There is definitely a clean, fresh quality to Hendrick’s but I cannot be sure my mind isn’t adding a hint of cucumber because I am expecting it. Continue reading review …
The Guardian says … Current darling of many enthusiasts (and named the best in the world by the Wall St Journal a few years back) this excellent gin from Scottish whisky distillers William Grant utilises rose petals and cucumber for a distinctive and memorably fresh taste that’s just the right side of floral.
Best served with a slice of cucumber, it works beautifully in G&Ts and cocktails. Bartenders may hate the hard-to-pour apothecary-style bottle but it’s a smart nod to gin’s medicinal history. Continue reading review …
Gin Foundry says … We’d recommend that if you don’t like gin or don’t know where to start, this is the place to do so as Hendrick’s is not a big juniper gin. That said, the juniper may be lighter but it’s certainly there, creating the base for a clean, floral and refreshing gin.
Regardless of whether the cucumber flavour is distinct from the other twelve botanicals, the addition of it definitely adds a fresh quality to the ensemble helped along by the rose which can definitely be picked up on the aroma. Cubeb berries, elderflower, chamomile and yarrow are some other botanicals that bring a more unusual offering to the mix, giving the floral edge some depth while also complimenting the more commonly used coriander, angelica root, lemon & orange peel and orris root – who work to provide a solid backbone to the overall gin. Juniper is present all the way through, framed by all the other botanicals so that it sits as part of a group as opposed to being the single botanical determinable at any given point. Continue reading review …
The Gin Is In says … The nose certainly has juniper, but I find the musky hint of rose lightens it and gives it a floral forward impression. Sweet orange, lime zest and a hint of elderflower as well. The pine notes give it structure, but the floral notes give it a unique character.
The palate exudes a backbone of a very classic gin. You get the angelica, coriander, juniper and orris root accord. Sitting on top of that Hendrick’s has a surprising amount of citrus, especially mid-palate where orange and lime again resurface, almost with a candy-like note. Late palate a faint hint of yarrow (that slight salty licorice flavor) and black pepper. Continue reading review …