When I first discovered Hendrick’s Gin, I definitely discovered the brand before the gin. What I mean by this is that people know of Hendricks as a premium gin and (I think) many customers buy it for that reason alone.
But this review isn’t about which gin has the best marketing campaign – it’s about how that gin tastes, so here goes…
Hendrick’s brings an old-time aura and floral aromatics. It’s surprising how the citrus, cucumber, and juniper notes compliment so well. Especially when you consider this gin contains fourteen unique botanicals.
If you’re an amateur gin fan or you’ve not had a chance to taste this brand, you’ve come to the right place. So, is Hendrick’s worth the price tag? Here is our detailed Hendricks Gin review.
- Distillery: William Grant & Son’s Distillers Ltd
- Country: Scotland
- ABV: 47%
- Bottle Sizes: 750ml, 1 L, 1.75 L
- Known Botanicals: Caraway, Angelica, Lemon, Orange, Chamomile, Coriander, Cucumber, Orris Root, Yarrow, Cubeb Pepper, Elderflower, Rose, Juniper
- Base Spirit:
- Awards: Best Gin in the World – 2003, Awarded two gold, two double-gold, and silver medals between 2005 and 2012 in San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Maybe you imagine that this brand tastes like any other gin on the shelves? While it may sit side-by-side on the shelves next to other same-same gin brands, Hendricks definitely brings more than that. There are some distinct flavors unique to the brand.
Hendricks Gin is infused with the essence of cucumber and rose flavor. In addition, it’s supported by over 11 botanicals from different parts of the world. This whimsical yet deliberate concoction brings a delightfully floral aroma.
The first flavor I noticed was classic Juniper – this is what makes the gin a consistent and refreshing drink. Once the notes of juniper subside, the presence of floral petals, chamomile, and rose petal become dominant in the botanical blend. After a few sips, I noted the presence of fresh lime and cucumber notes.
The flavors of lime, sweet orange, and elderflower also bring a unique character. These subsequent notes are what make Hendrick’s so unique in the gin world. And that’s why the brand has become so popular.
I love the sweet elderberry and citrus notes left on the palate. Then, the musky angelica flavor and cucumber-skin tannin are left on the mid-palate. But there is some surprising amount of citrus. With time, the lime and orange taste resurface with a candy-like note. Then, the black pepper yarrow taste follows.
The final finish is dry and almost amaro-like. The taste of Persian cucumbers, lime, petal, and earl grey tea emits from the back of the palate. I can’t get enough of the smooth and distinct flavor.
Since Hendrick’s Gin combines botanicals and traditional herbs, you get deep flavors from the pot. Marrying the two bring deep flavors to the gin. After blending the two distillates, they add cucumber and rose. I think these are the two notes that make the gin stand out. The old-time aura and floral aromatics are something you can’t find in any other gin.
While some gins give a wintery vibe, Hendricks is perfect during those summer months. The truth is – no other gin tastes like Hendrick’s because no other is made like it.
Hendrick’s distinct flavor has opened many people’s minds, thanks to the contemporary flavor. It adds a bit of special occasion to my home.
How we recommend drinking Hendrick’s
I like to drink Hendricks gin with tonic water or soda – it is almost platonic to me. The best proportion recommended by experts is 50ml of gin with 150ml of water. This helps to bring out a softer beverage. It can also be served in a frosty highball glass with ice.
Any Hendricks ambassador will tell you that Hendrick’s is best consumed with a cucumber garnish. It highlights the citrusy notes and undertones’ flavor. And there are many ways to consume it.
You can cut the cucumber into small rounds and allow them to float in the beverage. For each sip you take, you’ll feel the cucumber taste. Alternatively, you can add cucumber as a twist. You just peel the cucumbers, slice them, and add them to your drink. Whichever route you take, you’ll enjoy the flavors. It’s all about adding some exciting flair to the beverage.
Another classic is to serve with a sprig of thyme. We suggest a classic G&T. Pair it with Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic to make a G&T with garnish. This is my favorite during summer.
Besides that, you can use the gin in a cocktail. The classic yet distinct taste brings the delicate smooth botanicals.
What we like about Hendrick’s
- The strong note on the palate leaves a strong aftertaste
- It brings fruity, floral, and fresh aromatics
- Supplies your body with a healthy dose of antioxidants
- It’s low in calories
What we don’t like about Hendrick’s
- The price is a bit high compared to other quality gins