What We’re Drinking: Ben & Hendricks Gin

Given CellarVie Wines’ extensive collection it surprised me that none of the team had thus far stumped for a spirit for their What We’re Drinking selection. For me, it was something of a no-brainer because I have to admit gin is often my base alcohol of choice outside of wine and Hendricks Gin is both an interesting drink and an equally intriguing brand.

Hendricks have perpetually purported the idea of exclusivity and the quirky appearance of the old apothecary tincture bottle certainly sets it apart from some of their competitors, who have perhaps refrained from endeavouring to appeal to a younger audience.

Aside from Hendricks’ carefully constructed aura of nostalgia, bohemian sophistication and vintage appeal courtesy of its deliberate marketing and savvy branding, the gin itself is different from the norm.
Handcrafted with a traditional botanical signature of juniper, coriander, and citrus peel like most other gins, Hendricks then add an infusion of rose petals from Bulgaria and specially selected cucumbers after distillation to produce its unique aroma.

It’s certainly not to everyone’s liking and to gin purists and those who prefer Gordon’s or Tanqueray, it’s possibly a bit funky on the palate. Hendricks is not your archetypal gin and as such I wouldn’t necessarily recommend its use in a staple gin and tonic simply because of its idiosyncratic flavour. That being said, adding Hendricks to variations on the aforementioned quintessentially British tipple, such as this week’s Cocktail of the Week, certainly has its merits.

If that is not to your liking, Hendricks is perfect in a Martini due to its palate cleansing freshness and it also adds a nice kick to a summer Pimm’s if your mood requires it.
Hendricks may never serve as a direct replacement for your normal gin of choice, but it brings something unique to the table, is definitely worth trying, and I would thoroughly recommend it while the weather is set fair.  
To see what the other members of CellarVie Wines chose for the ‘What we’re drinking’ section and why, click on the links below.
Simon - Finca Constancia 'Parcela 23' 
Jon - Sancerre Rosé 2010, Le Rabault 
Eliott - Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes  
Christopher - Chateau de Rully 1er Cru, Clos la Bressande 2007  
Sophie - Gewürztraminer Alsace 2009, Martin Zahn  

Charlotte - Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc  

Ben - Flagstone Longitude 

Simon - Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 

Eliott - Veramonte Pinot Noir 

Jon - ‘Piluna’ Primitivo 

Sophie - Bourgogne Blanc 'Clos de Loyse' 2009 

Eliott - Touraine Sauvignon Domaine Trotignon  

Charlotte - 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry 

Simon - Errázuriz Single Vineyard Carmenère 2009 

Jon - Chardonnay Grand Cru 2008, Tenuta Rapitalà 

Christopher - Brookfield Reserve Chardonnay-Viognier 2009
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