Hendrick’s Gin is a deliciously premium gin, made with a number of unusual twists to deliver a most curious arrangement. Unlike ordinary gins, Hendrick’s is distilled in Scotland. Every batch of Hendrick’s Gin is, in actuality, the marriage of TWO Gins. Yes, that is correct; to make our gin once requires making it twice. And, if this isn’t sufficiently absurd, we lay the entire process on the shoulders of ONE lone Stillman (albeit with the ‘help’ of an apprentice). Only Hendrick’s Gin is made with infusions of Cucumber and Rose petals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully floral aroma. Hendrick’s Gin is handcrafted in minuscule batches of only 450 litres at a time.
IN SIMPLE TERMS, HOW IS IT PRODUCED?
Compared to other gins, making Hendrick’s is far from simple. However, to summarise, we charge our two stills with grain neutral spirit and add some water from the local Penwhapple Reservoir. A recipe of 11 botanicals is put into the stills – in one still it’s added to the spirit / water mix and in the other still it’s put in a basket above between the rectifying column and the condenser – and the liquids gently heated. The ‘middle cut’ distillate from the stills is collected and blended together. Water is then added to bring the distillate down to bottling strength before the all important cucumber and rose petal essences are added.