$104.99 price per bottle
Hendrick's uses a blend of spirits produced from a Carter-Head Still , of which there are only a few left in the world, and a small pot still that was originally built in 1860. Both have been restored to working order after being bought at auction in the 1960s by current William Grant Life President, Charles Gordon. The two stills produce strikingly different styles of gin due to their different construction and methods of distillation. The pot still is generally referred to as the Bennett still. The still itself is quite small, which in general will allow most of the flavour characteristics of the botanicals to pass into the spirit. The still is charged with neutral spirit and the botanical recipe added to the liquid, along with some water. This is left to steep for 24 hours, which begins the process of extracting the flavour from the botanicals. The still is then heated by means of an external steam jacket to boil the liquid. As the pot begins to boil, vapour moves up the short column of the still and eventually meets the condenser, where vapours are turned back to liquid and collected. First runnings can be as high as 92% alcohol, with a gradual decrease in the strength as the distillation progresses. Once all of the alcohol is collected, the final spirit will be approximately 75% alcohol v/v. This spirit is of a heavy, oily character with a strong juniper-flavour.
|Wine maker notes|
|Hendrick's is an iconoclastic super premium gin, produced in small batches and distilled in Ayrshire, Scotland. The unusual distillation process, coupled with an oddly delicious set of infusions - comprising rose petals and cucumber - yields an one-of-a-kind gin. This unusual gin, so complexly tasty and so delightfully unusual, is contained in an equally unique apothecary bottle - like those used by pharmacists in the past in order to protect the delicate healing powers of the liquid held within.|
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