Hendrick’s

hendricks-ginThis has to be one of the easiest reviews I could do. Hendrick’s has been one of my favorite gins since I was first introduced to the beverage.

Its lighter on the Juniper, but it’s not completely absent. The high notes are cucumber and rose, and you’ll notice that savvy bartenders will garnish a Hendrick’s and tonic with a cucumber instead of a lime. The cucumber is a subtle taste, that blends in. It can be easily overpowered by either a strong tonic or lime juice. The rose stands out to me more. The floral notes are strong; however, not as strong as the saffron in the Saffron gin.

Because of the unusual blend of flavors and their mildness, this gin I think is best served as straight gin with tonic. I’d leave out the lime juice to fully appreciate the flavors in this bottle. But surprisingly, despite the unusual notes, Hendrick’s is surprisingly versatile. Not bad, though its best parts are obscured in a Tom Collins; the floral tones work beautiful with creme de violette in an aviation. As a martini Hendrick’s shines as well and it falls into the category of “gateway” gins, as the kind of gins that might appeal to a less enthusiastic gin connoisseur; however, unlike some of the sweeter more eccentric boutique gins, I think Hendrick’s offers enough of the things that gin drinkers like to be a worthwhile bottle to add to their collection

Overall, I love this gin, and its one of my favorites. I generally don’t have cucumber sitting around to garnish with, but in a glass of ice and tonic this gin is one of my favorite summer drinks.

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Last updated May 4th, 2010 by Aaron

4 thoughts on “Hendrick’s

  • December 29, 2014by maver1ck911

    The bar near my apt ranks Hendricks below Bombay sapphire in terms of pricing and for that I thank them . All summer I cleaned them out ordering G&T’so as well as gimlets with fresh lime juice.

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  • November 15, 2015by LCnSac

    I thoroughly dislike this gin. I had it for the first time in a good bar, and it seemed like it was lost after the first sip. It’s been so typed I decided to buy a bottle, and no difference. Gone. I suppose if you don’t care for a strong gin and like the floral bouquet it would be OK–I like your “gateway” comment, but not for me. I’m working through the St. George line now and am really enjoying theirs.

  • December 23, 2016by steph hall

    I think it is vile. It has notes of whatever that liquid is that a cucumber leaves at the bottom of your fridge as it enters its death throes and final incontinence.

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