Gin - Modern

Hendrick's Small Batch Handcrafted Gin

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    607 / 687
    Rabble Rating
    4.6 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $35
    Proof
    88.0
    0-10 miles

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Gin category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.

Proof66 Notes

One of a few gins made in Scotland, Hendrick's Gin regards itself and its distillers as "iconoclasts" with openly "odd" distillation processes and infusions.

Their still is said to be one of four existing "Carter-Head Stills," which instead of "crudely" boiling the alcohol instead "bathes it in vapors." Then the infusions of Bulgarian Rose and cucumber complete the unusual journey. They openly describe their gin as "Loosely yet brilliantly interpreted."

Hendrick's rose in the late 20th century as an experiment from William Grant and Sons to create a lighter gin of less dominant juniper character. While it is recently developed, the medicine-like bottle design and marketing both hearken to the "gin craze" of England in the 19th century. It is recommended drunk with a slice of cucumber rather than citrus or olive.

In their 2011 review, the Beverage Testing Institute noted Hendrick's as a "A sensationally flavorful and seamless gin."

Liquor Snob was initially amused by the thought of cucumber either in gin or as a garnish but became thoroughly convinced upon tasting it saying, "If you're a gin drinker, someone who typically sticks to a Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray, we highly recommend seeking out Hendrick's and giving it a try. You'll be glad you did."

BDanner BDanner (44) (2014-08-11)
This was the gin that got me into gin. Even though my taste in gin runs more to the traditional side now, I splurged on a bottle of this the other night. I had previously only had Hendrick's in a G&T. Two parts Tonic to One part Hendricks with a cucumber slice, hold the lime. Great G&T! I decided it was time for a Hendrick's Martini (4 parts Hendricks to 1 part vermouth with cucumber garnish, hold the olives), and wow...The vermouth really brings the floral notes to the forefront. Juniper is still there. Light citrus. Crisp and clean. This is definitely a summertime martini. I'm beginning to think I prefer the Hendrick's over more traditional gins, but just hate to part with the extra cash. Try this stuff. I guarantee you'll like it.
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Allan Allan (122) (2014-06-21)
Wasn't a gin drinker at all until I tried this one.Now Hendricks G&T is my favorite drink. I've back tracked and tried alot of gins since Hendricks and nothing else is even in the ballpark.More juniper than you think once you take time to sip on a martini. It's just so well balanced that no one botanical dominates. Simply the best! Wish I could give 6 stars
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DakotaGuy DakotaGuy (57) (2014-02-27)
Some spirits are very good, some are distinctive, and some are both. This is definitely both.
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andr01d_3000 andr01d_3000 (10) (2013-12-31)
Hendricks is the first gin I ever had where I took a drink and stepped back and thought "now THAT is great gin!" All the others that Ive ever had kind of run together. It would be a great buy at double the price. If youre looking for a great gin, look no further.
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antiquecollector antiquecollector (27) (2013-12-11)
Unique and flavorful. Not your typical gin.
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kmenier kmenier (2) (2013-12-06)
I first ordered Hendricks in a shot glass so I could find out what all the fuss was about, without feeling guilty about leaving a larger pour. Glad I did. It tasted watered down and weak, reminiscent of something like Pimm's Cup. Of course, I love my juniper but I was really hoping to like this as well. Meh.
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Kenneth Kenneth (21) (2013-09-01)
This is an excellent, smooth-sipping concoction. Never would have guessed that the rose and cucumber flavors complement each other so well. Five stars all the way.
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Quetzal Quetzal (87) (2013-08-12)
(4 out of 5). I love Hendrick's as a sipping gin. Honestly I'm not that big into cocktails, and tend to drink things neat, and, like NeatPour, I drink this like a whiskey. It's very complex, mixing rose and cucumber with your typical gin botanicals, and makes a very interesting dram. Also, I adore the bottle. About $30 in my area.
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2013-08-06)
Tons of reviews here, basically if you want an ubersmooth mixing gin go with plymouth. If you want a more complex sipping gin (or didn't realize such a thing existed? I know i didn't...) than this is your guy. Try him straight up & chew him around like a nice scotch and sit back and enjoy! It's plenty smooth but with some interesting flavors. I haven't mixed so I can't talk about how those delicate flavors come through in a drink but neat this guy is a gin rock star
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StevenSauce StevenSauce (43) (2013-02-08)
4.4 stars Good stuff but not as outstanding as many claim imo. Cucumber and Roses are the dominant flavors and just a little bit of juniper. Smooth but a bit too oily. Interesting gin but i prefer Sapphire and Plymouth over this one, Hendricks is more a once-in-a-while-gin, and certainly not as good value as Sapph or Ply.
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Ginrules Ginrules (1) (2013-01-11)
Horrible - like drinking rose perfume. Unconscionable that anyone should call this repellent dreck gin. For a real gin, try Plymouth the Smooth English Gin, which Winston Churchill favored. New Amsterdam No. 485 Straight Gin is a close second. For a classic London dry gin, it's hard to beat Beefeater.
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shanksmd shanksmd (4) (2012-12-23)
Best gin Ive ever tasted and the only one I can enjoy straight over ice, but also delicious mixed with tonic. Great nose and very clean and smooth. Perfect warm weather replacement for scotch lovers.
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tequilaguy tequilaguy (15) (2012-11-06)
Bottle: I love the medicine bottle look, and appreicate the cork top. The heavy dark glass is nice and feels expensive in your hand. Nose: Cucumber! Juniper and Citrus are there but not over powering Flavor: Again the Cucumber is present, clean flavors that set this apart from most gins, the Juniper is still there but diffentely not the main player. Citrus is a small note, but still a smooth finish Overall: The best gin ive had! Must have a bottle at all times and for a mid-range priced bottle it has more character and taste then any other in its range. Great flavor and amazing in gin and tonics!
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (85) (2012-09-11)
Just wonderful. I do enjoy juniper in a gin, yet somehow this is still tops in my book. A classic spirit.
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TimeToGoHome TimeToGoHome (32) (2012-08-28)
Tried it neat even though I don't like gin.  This is smooth and tasty.  you can drink neat or try in a martini.
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Adamj Adamj (2) (2012-04-19)
Just tried it for the first time in a martini. Just sublimely awesome. I love the whole flavor profile. It has a little after heat it great aromatics and flavor.
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bearmark bearmark (22) (2012-03-31)
Wow! This makes Bombay Sapphire taste diluted. The flavor is fantastic and the cucumber notes are apparent.
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2OOO 2OOO (2) (2012-02-12)
Make a Gin and Tonic using Hendricks and Schweppes *Diet* Tonic Water, and the waves of different flavors will bitch-slap your taste buds into next week. For Hendricks, quinine and saccharin are just building blocks for better taste. Have a few Hendricks Martinis, and you will finally discover a truly "clean" Gin; as in "how I feel the day after", versus "how smooth did the Gin go down".
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kingofsmack kingofsmack (1) (2011-12-06)
Ive heard the described as the gin for people that dont like gin, but I disagree. Having been a gin drinker for most of my adult life I see it as so much more. Smooth enough to mix in a martini or with tonic, yet complex enough to drink straight. The infusion of cucumber and rose and a unique element that isnt found in any other gin. Before I discovered Hendricks (thanks to proof 66!) the only gin I kept in my liqueur cabinet was Bombay Sapphire. I hate to say it but it has now been replaced. Oh, and the fact that they use a cork is pretty cool too!
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quaygang quaygang (15) (2011-09-17)
Its a little lighter and brighter than gins like Boodles and Beefeaters, and makes an almost peerless Martini (although, Boodles still win by a nose). My only point in adding to the reviews thus far added here is simple: Give me olives, or give me death. Forgive the bad historical reference, but whether or not the cucumber works well, I want olives in my Martini.
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ehotonic ehotonic (14) (2011-09-07)
This is just the best gin out there, period, despite it being one of the "modern" styles (i.e. they don't go crazy with the juniper, and it doesn't taste very piney). I was a purist when it came to gins, but I went to the bar to try a Hendrick's martini... and it came with a cucumber in it... after the first sip I was a convert. (P.S. You don't _have_ to do the cucumber thing, but this gin definitely has a note of it in there.) It's pricey, though...but a really outstanding example of a modern gin, so much so it puts its ancestors in their place!
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degbert degbert (135) (2011-09-01)
Delicious. But not a traditional gin at all; do not buy this for your Bombay martini drinking uncle. Instead, buy it for yourself. But my advice to my customers is always 'Try it first' at a bar or restaurant.
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kls kls (2) (2011-07-09)
Love this Gin. For anyone that isnt a juniper fan (pine needle flavor) this is the Gin for you. The cucumber and rose flavor are great for a nice summer cocktail.
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laflavor laflavor (13) (2011-03-27)
This started my love affair for quality spirits...dont mix a thing...it isnt one of the best gins rather it is one of the best bottles of anything I have tasted...period
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keeganlinder keeganlinder (3) (2011-03-26)
A perfect gin.
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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (111) (2011-03-15)
Hendricks is a whisky drinkers gin. I have yet to have another gin so complex and full of character. The bottle marketing does use a bit of bombastic language in reference to the taste, but forget that: Hendricks is a strange and very good animal in the gin community, and worth a taste by any serious or aspiring sipper. I can recommend it more.
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seneca2323 seneca2323 (16) (2010-11-23)
Good stuff. Not overly a gin fan either.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-08-28)
A very different gin from the usual and a refreshing break from the tyranny of juniper. A different, lighter, more aromatic take on one of my favorite substances. A wonderful alternative gin for an alternative mood. Also like many Grant products quite affordable compared to the competition and easy to find in many stores.
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Beachluv24 Beachluv24 (6) (2010-08-07)
By far my favorite gin! Most gins have a strange chemical taste. Hendricks is just too good and perfect for making olive martinis!
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AspiringAdvocate AspiringAdvocate (2) (2010-06-27)
In the world of gins, Hendrick's Gin has proven to be an unbeaten champion. The Hendrick's G&T is my go to drink for a relaxing afternoon or evening sip.
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toddschwiesow toddschwiesow (15) (2010-03-12)
This stuff is AWESOME. Drink more... Makes me wish I was an alcoholic
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Irishman Irishman (253) (2010-01-12)
This is a very highly rated and very tasty gin. It is considered a modern gin with a more complex flavor, but the complexity is not overwhelming like some of the other "modern" gins. This gin is very crisp and clean on entry and on the finish and perfectly executed with a fresh slice of cucumber at the end.
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Phizbin Phizbin (188) (2010-01-12)
I say that far more than "1 out of 1,000" would prefer this gin. it's not my favorite gin... but it's definitely a good one. Perfect for a change-of-pace. A booty call gin, if you like.
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