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my new found second favourite gin
Member Name: europe-chick
Advantages: delicious, distinctive taste
Disadvantages: none for me, well maybe the cost
I think that I've just recently discovered my second favourite gin - Hendrick's Gin. I say second favourite as the coveted top spot will always belong to Bombay Sapphire. However I have to admit that Hendrick's Gin comes a pretty close second.
I've just spent a week in Austria visiting friends, and we nipped to the supermarket one evening to get a bottle of Bombay Sapphire and some tonic. The supermarket we went to had sold out of Bombay Sapphire and so the choices we were left with were; generic cheap 'supermarket' gin - no thanks, Beefeater Gin - again no thanks I'm not a fan of this particular gin, Bulldog Gin - I've personally never heard of this but it was a British gin, or Hendrick's Gin - again I'd personally never heard of it but one of the friends I was with had had it before and was raving about it. So we purchased the Hendrick's Gin. We paid Euro35 for a 75cl bottle, which was probably overpriced, especially as the Bombay Sapphire ticket said that this was only Euro20. We also purchased our tonic water to go along with the gin, and limes for garnish, and also a cucumber for garnish - a cucumber!! yep a cucumber, I'll come to the cucumber later!
Hendrick's Gin is a brand of gin produced, distilled and bottled by William Grant & Sons in Girvan, South West Scotland, and it was launched in 1999. Hendrick's gin is bottled, packaged and presented in dark brown Victorian apothecary style bottles with cork stoppers. The bottle looks quite quaint and old fashioned, and would look lovely out on display - much more interesting than say a bottle of Gordon's Gin. It would also make for a lovely gift for someone that likes gin.
Hendricks' Gin is handcrafted to give it a unique taste, it's made in small batches using an original 19th Century gin still, apparently no other gin tastes like it because no other gin is made quite like it. Hendrick's gin is made using the highest quality neutral grain spirit, eleven different botanicals, hints of coriander, juniper, citrus peel, and a curious but marvellous infusion of Bulgarian rose petals and most unusually cucumber.
Hendrick's recommend serving their gin as a Gin & Tonic over ice garnished with a cucumber slice, rather than the traditional citrus garnish, a lemon or lime wedge. We had spotted this advice on the bottle and so were happy enough to give this a go and so bought a cucumber to go along with the gin (we did also buy some limes in case the cucumber garnish was dodgy advice!). I guess that serving the gin with a cucumber garnish is to really bring out the cucumber flavours in the gin.
I have to say that the cucumber garnish is an absolutely inspired idea, it felt and looked a little odd to have a cucumber wedge in your glass, but it really did enhance the taste of the gin. It doesn't actually make the gin taste very cucumbery as such, it just seems to enhance it's very subtle cucumber flavour. We did a side by side G&T comparison with lime as a garnish or cucumber as a garnish, and we all preferred the cucumber garnish in the Hendrick's gin. Hendrick's Gin has a very distinctive taste and flavour, kind of a fruity, yet flowery kind of rosey, yet cucumbery taste, and it certainly isn't as bitter a gin as a lot of gins can be. It is a dry gin, although it's quite a mellow dry gin - if that makes sense. It's also quite a light gin, a really delicious gin, and a gin that definitely leaves you wanting more after that first glass!
I'm definitely going to continue to buy Hendrick's Gin, I really enjoyed it and I thought that it was far superior to most other gins out there, apart from Bombay Sapphire of course! Yes it was expensive, but I definitely felt that it was worth it, it's definitely what I would class as a premium gin.
Summary: my new found second favourite gin
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