Hendrick’s Gin Review: Making Cucumber & Rose Petals Manly, One Bottle at a Time

May 8, 2011

Distillery- William Grant & Sons (Scotland)

Type- Gin

ABV- 44.0%

Commercial Description

See http://www.hendricksgin.com/

My Review

I have to admit, when I first saw “cucumber and rose petal essence” I was little skeptical. And by skeptical, I mean I thought Hendrick’s should have been on a shelf next to Smirnoff Ice and sponsoring a one-hour special dedicated to how fabulous Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was. But Hendrick’s Gin is on seemingly everyone’s short list of best gins, I had to at least give it a whirl. Besides, after all the years the Baron’s spent conquering the highest peaks of masculinity, losing a few Man Points to a glass of gin couldn’t possibly be the worst thing to ever happen to him.

From the time I grabbed Hendrick’s Gin off the shelf until I opened it, I was pleasantly surprised. No feminine colors on the bottle, no gaudy price tag, no need for the “It’s for my girlfriend” excuse when the clerk rang my bottle up at the counter. Once I poured some of Hendrick’s Gin into my glass and actually sampled it, my mood changed from pleasantly surprised to thoroughly impressed. Read for yourself.

  • Appearance- Pours crystal clear into the glass, sticking to the edges when disturbed. You can tell it is quite viscous, which is always a good sign of a quality spirit. 9/10
  • Aroma- The average gin is quite aromatic, but Hendrick’s Gin has a pleasantly pungent aroma that makes other brands like Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray No. 10 seem as dull and uninspired as a typical CBS sitcom show. It smells of roses in their peak bloom, citrus, cucumber and botanicals, along with that juniper aroma you typically find in any variety of gin. 18/20

Hendrick's Gin makes ordinary gins smell like this. (Cue Audience Laugh Track)

  • Taste- Maybe the best gin I’ve ever tasted. The flavor of the rose petals renders a soft, sweet flavor that works well with the juniper and botanicals. The cucumber really smooths the body out, without overpowering the natural sweet taste of the gin. The finish is dominated by citrus, with floral notes from the roses. 38/40
  • Palate- Hendrick’s has a rich, velvety body that dangerously hides its 44% ABV. There is little to no alcohol burn when consumed neat, but my leathery man mouth might just be too tough to notice. 10/10
  • Value- I procured my 750 mL bottle of Hendrick’s Gin for $30, the exact same price as Tanqueray No. Ten. Since Hendrick’s Gin Pacquiao’s Tanqueray in every category, I’d say it’s a pretty good deal. 17/20

Pictured from left to right: Tanqueray No. Ten, Hendrick's Gin

  • Overall- 92/100

My Recommendation

I highly recommend that you give Hendrick’s Gin a try. Whether you are a connoisseur of London Dry Gin, or just someone who wants to try a new spirit, I really think you’ll enjoy Hendrick’s Gin. However, if you plan on mixing Hendrick’s with a lot of other ingredients, just pick up a bottle of Seagrams. There’s no point in picking up a premium spirit like this if you’re just going to drown its delectable flavors with mixers. Gin & Tonics, Classic Martinis and any mixed drink that’s at least 50% gin would be enhanced by a great-quality gin such as Hendricks. Per usual, the Baron favors drinking his neat. Don’t let the rose petals deter you, few things are more manly then drinking a delicious spirit straight from the bottle.

Who would have thought a spirit that sounds like the newest hipster fad “martini” could be so damn good? The Baron certainly didn’t. While I don’t think I’ll be trying MGD 64 Lemonade (vomits), Hendrick’s Gin has definitely shown me not to judge a beverage by its label. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I didn’t end up losing any Man Points because of it.

Salud!


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