Hendrick’s Gin Part One: The Taste Test


Back in 2003, the Wall Street Journal declared Hendrick’s Gin the best gin in the world. Yeah, sure, it’s nice to have that accolade from the WSJ. However, they haven’t received that unique honor from Cocktails, 365 have we?!?

Well, now we have. We are telling you now.

Hendrick’s Gin is the best gin the world. Hands down.

Awww yeahhhhh

Full Disclosure – Hendrick’s Gin is our favorite gin. It has been for years and barring any unforeseen contenders coming out of the woodwork, it will be for the rest of time.

It comes in a beautiful apothecary type bottle, bringing up thoughts of the 1880s and the times tinctures we were just as often to get fershnikit as it was to cure what ailed you.

It’s a small batch gin produced in Scotland and they have more than readily embraced their reputation as a bit of an outlier.

From their website:

Meet the delightfully curious Hendrick’s Gin. Life is simply too glorious not to experience its peculiar flavour, infused with rose and cucumber in our remote Scottish distillery.

Seek out those who embrace the unusual, and you’ll find that our gin is much loved by a handful of curious individuals all over the world. We invite you to join the merry few.

Do mix yourself a scrumptious tipple and get ready to explore the milestones of Hendrick’speculiar past.

Founded in 1999, Hendrick’s has continued to fly somewhat under the radar, despite scientific tests showing that it tastes like hugs wrapped in fresh linens and snuggles from Bob Ross’ beard and his pet squirrel named Geoffrey.

What drinking Hendrick’s is like.

We SUPPOSE we should give you some specifics on the drink rather than just gushing about how it tastes like the tears of angels weeping at a beautiful sunrise.

Nose:

Strong juniper scents, as you would expect from gin. Hendrick’s is also distilled with rose and cucumber. The rose comes through on the end, and there are hints of the cucumber mingled in there. If they made a Hendrick’s candle, we don’t care how much it would make our house smell like we were sloppy drunks, we’d buy the shit out it.

Neat:

This is truthfully the only gin we will drink neat. Gin is a bit of an either you love it or hate it type of liquor. And while we love gin, there aren’t too many out there that won’t kick your ass and call you Sally-Mae while drinking them neat. Hendrick’s doesn’t do that. Like the gentleman it is, it offers you moustache wax and bit of snuff. Like the nose, the juniper comes up fast. The cucumber is much more pronounced.

Rocks:

Cools off some of the bite from the juniper and makes it just a bit smoother. We already know this is going to be killer in cocktails. We’re just impatient to get started with them.

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