If you're in the market for a spirit that marches to the beat of a different drummer, look no further than Hendrick's Gin, a refreshing, marvelously twisted gin with a unique outlook on things. Self-described as the "world's most peculiar gin," Hendricks exists confidently in a universe of its own making—and we’re all rather fortunate they did.
The brand is produced in the seaside village of Girvan, Ayrshire in the south of Scotland. Its individualism to a large degree is the result of skilled craftsmanship. The gin is crafted from a blend of small batch spirits produced in two types of stills, each of which produce distinctively different styles of spirits. The distillery's small pot still produces a full-bodied, full-flavored spirit with an oily texture and a juniper-forward character. In contrast, the Carter-Head stills extract the aromas and flavors in the botanicals using alcohol vapors alone, yielding a distinctively lighter, more delicately flavored spirit. Blending the two results in a finished spirit unlike all other entrants.
Another significant point of distinction is the composition of Hendricks' botanical mix, a delightfully eccentric blend of juniper, coriander, citrus, witch hazel, cassia bark, Bulgarian rose petals and cucumber essence. After distillation the spirit is diluted to 88-proof with spring water from the Scottish lowlands.
The result is a refreshing break from convention, a gin without a heady blast of juniper on the nose or palate. Hendricks has a lightweight, oily textured body and a prominent cucumber and floral bouquet with light citrus and juniper notes. Despite being relatively high in alcohol, the gin raises little heat on the palate before slowly fading into a slightly spicy, cucumber-laced finish.