Gin - Modern
Hendrick's Small Batch Handcrafted Gin
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.
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."
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