Hendricks’ Gin is one of the youngest gins out on the world liquor market today, having been in the industry a little over 20 years. It was launched in 1999.
Marketed as “a gin made oddly,” Hendrick’s Gin favors the aroma of chamomile, rose petals, and elderflower more than it does the juniper berries. It also infuses 11 other botanicals aside from the aromatic flowers in its recipe and uses two different stills in the production process.
A Brief Background on Hendrick’s Gin
The name Hendrick’s has Scottish roots. It came from Hendrick, the Grants’ family gardener (William Grant and Sons is behind Hendrick’s Gin). One of William’s grandmothers, the oldest member of the Grant family, chose the name of the family gardener for the gin.
While the name Hendrick came from family, the signature formula of the gin is the brainchild of Lesley Gracey, the brand’s master distiller . It took 11 years for this to come about, as Lesley started working on the formula for the business in 1988.
The business fondly refers to Lesley as “part alchemical genius, part liquid poet, and part scientist,” and quirkily enough, she had always been fascinated with different botanicals at a young age. She would brew teas using different seeds, roots, and herbs and would serve them to her family at the age of four.
How It’s Made
The distillery that makes Hendrick’s Gin was built in Scotland in 1860. Production is done with the help of two different stills: a Bennet still, which is the same still used in the 1860 distillery, and a Carter Head still from 1948. Unlike wines, gin is not aged.
The Bennet, used for directly boiling botanicals to extract a strong flavor, is still being used in most distilleries in the world today.
The rare Carter Head still holds the botanicals (like pepper, cubeb berries, and caraway seeds) in a copper pot over the grain spirit and water. The alcohol vapors bathe them, which results in subtle, fragrant flavors.
Only 500 liters are produced in batches to preserve the gin’s quality, with Lesley supervising the entire process. Each bottle is routinely checked for quality control. Hendrick’s Gin is the perfect balance of the two spirits produced from the two different stills.
How To Drink Gin Hendrick’s
Commonly, the flavors of gin best stand out when mixed in cocktails, but the Hendrick’s brand proves to be an exception. It is an excellent choice for sipping, especially if the gin is slightly chilled.
It’s best to opt for mixers that would complement the fragrant and subtle notes present in the Gin Hendricks instead of overpowering them. It makes a mean martini and gin tonic. The master distiller especially likes hers with soda water and elderflower cordial.
Original Hendrick’s Gin
The original Hendrick’s Gin is the recipe that Lesley created. The botanicals used in making the gin are juniper berry, Bulgarian rose and cucumber, coriander, orange, lemon, angelica root, orris root, cubeb berries, caraway seeds, chamomile, elderflower, and yarrow. Lesley is only one of the four people who know the exact recipe.
Upon tasting, you will notice the rose and cucumber notes, which makes this gin stand out from the competition.
The Orbium brands are limited edition products of Hendrick’s Original Gin. Along with juniper, bitter quinine and wormwood take center stage. This variant is quite an acquired taste as most people might not get over the tartness of quinine and wormwood.
In the olden days, when gin was considered medicinal, they infused quinine in it to treat malaria.
Common Hendricks Prices
|Hendrick’s Gin||750ml||88||$27.99 – $32.99|
|1L||88||$49.99 – $52.99|
|1.75L||88||$54.99 – $57.99|
|Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice||750ml||86.8||Starts at around $47|
|Hendrick’s Orbium Gin||750ml||86.8||$55.99 – $58.99|
Price Compared to Other Gin Brands
The Bathtub Gin looks like it came out of a world history book. The bottle is wrapped in brown paper lined with historic fonts and sealed with twine. The gin has strong notes of cinnamon and cardamom that your palate may find offensive, and for about $50 in price per 750ml bottle, we think you’re better off with Hendrick’s rose and cucumber aroma instead.
Tanqueray No. Ten
Just like Hendrick’s, the Tanqueray No. Ten also uses flowers in its recipe — jasmine petals, in its case. The result is a fragrant and citrus-forward spirit and is also an excellent choice for sipping neat. In the United States, prices of No. Ten bottles start at roughly $36 in stores.
Plymouth English Gin
Because the Plymouth English Gin is more juniper-forward, gin idealists might enjoy this brand more. It wholeheartedly embraces the classic juniper notes and lets other botanicals such as coriander, pepper, and orris root tastefully complement it. This brand also has links to the Royal Navy. A bottle of Plymouth Gin starts at approximately $26 in price.
Popular Hendricks-Based Cocktails
Hendrick’s Gin is an excellent spirit choice for your drinks. Here are some easy recipes we have in store for you using this gin brand:
The Moonlight Delight cocktail has an inherent Christmas taste and autumn flavors with its apples and baking spice notes.
- 1 ½ ounces Hendrick’s Lunar
- 1 ½ ounces apple juice
- ½ ounce lime juice
- Ginger beer
- Cucumber and apple slices
Combine Hendrick’s liquor and all fruit juices in a glass filled with ice. Mix gently with a bar spoon and top off with the ginger liquid. Garnish with all the fruits.
This citrus beverage is lemonade for grownups with the integration of Hendrick’s Gin.
- 1 ½ ounces Hendrick’s Gin
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- Club soda or tonic water
- Cucumber slices for garnish
- Lemon wedge for garnish
Pour all ingredients into a tall glass with crushed ice. Adjust the simple syrup according to your taste. Stir gently and garnish with a lemon wheel and a few slices of cucumber.
St. Clements is the drink for those who prefer the taste of oranges over lemons.
- ⅘ ounce Hendrick’s Gin
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- 2 ½ ounces bitter lemon
- 3 ½ ounces orange juice
- Cucumber slices for garnish
- Orange wedge for garnish
In a tall glass with crushed ice, combine all liquid ingredients. Mix gently with a bar spoon. Add the fruit slices for garnish.
Hot Spiced Apple
The Hot Spiced Apple is the best pick-me-up drink for cold winter nights.
- 5 ounces of Hendrick’s Gin
- 25 ounces of spiced apple juice
- Apple slices
Simmer two cloves, two crushed cardamom, two star anises, some juniper berries, and one orange peel with the apple juice in a pan to make the spiced apple juice. Add the gin, and continue to simmer for a few minutes. Serve hot in a nice teacup with a few apple slices and a slight dusting of nutmeg.
The Cranberry Fizz is the perfect fancy cocktail to serve at your next office party.
- 1 ounce Hendrick’s Gin
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 ounce sparkling wine
- Cucumber slices
- Mint sprig
Pour all the liquid ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice. Mix well and serve with a few raspberries, cucumber slices, and a mint sprig for garnish.
1. Which gin is better, Tanqueray or Hendrick’s?
It would depend entirely on your preference, as both spirits and brands have entirely different flavor profiles.
Both Tanqueray and Hendrick’s are infused with flora in their recipe, but Hendrick’s embraces the flora more. If you’re looking for an aromatic, floral gin, you’re better off with Hendrick’s, but if you would like a traditional London dry gin with a juniper-forward taste, you’re better off with Tanqueray’s.
2. Is Hendrick’s gin top shelf?
Yes, Hendrick’s is definitely top shelf. There is no mistaking that the caliber of this gin is unparalleled, and with only 500 liters in each batch made, you can be sure that each bottle passed through strict quality checks.
3. What makes Hendricks gin different?
Hendrick’s Gin is different from other brands because the final spirit is a combination of two essences from two different gin production methods. The result is a gin that is both fragrant and flavorful.
Hendrick’s Gin might not have graced the gin shelves for very long, but youth is not a testament to the Scottish gin’s quality. If you’re looking for a unique gin at a reasonable price that your palate has yet to experience, we strongly recommend you give a bottle of Hendrick’s a try.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds!