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92 pts.Wine Enthusiast: April, 2012
This gin has a fierce following, in part because of its quirky brand personality (see the Monty Python-esque website) and aggressive marketing among bartenders. But it lives up to the hype. Some might expect a more concentrated rosewater-cucumber profile, but it’s relatively subtle, with just a hint of cucumber mingling with juniper in the aroma, and white pepper, citrus and floral notes on the lingering finish.
85–89 pts. Wine Enthusiast: November 1, 2006
The nose offers wave after wave of botanical and floral perfumes, with the end bouquet focused on cucumber and spring garden floral scents. The palate entry is moderately oily, semisweet and gently herbal; the midpalate stays spirity, vegetal and earthy. The aftertaste features juniper with a dry and minerally undertaste.
Wine Enthusiast: June, 2008
Self-described as the “world’s most peculiar gin,” Hendrick’s is imported from Scotland and crafted from a blend of small batch spirits produced in two types of stills, each of which produce distinctively different styles of spirits. Particularly unusual is the gin’s botanical mix that includes juniper, coriander, citrus, rose petals and cucumber. Hendrick’s is refreshing and delightfully eccentric.
Santé: June, 2008
Vivid aromas of juniper, flowers, coriander, cucumber, and citrus peel; lush and smooth with excellent, focused flavors and balance. Excellent and distinctive.
Wine & Spirits: September 1, 2007
Hendrick’s proved that Gin can be just as hip as Vodka, if not more so, and that you don’t actually have to do everything exactly the way they did it in Victorian London. Downplay the traditional juniper and flavor your gin with cucumber peel? G’ahead! Now everybody’s looking for odd botanicals to put in their gins.
Beverage Dynamics: Jul/Aug 2006
Self-described as the “world’s most peculiar gin,” the brand is imported from Scotland and made from an infusion of botanicals that includes cucumber. Hendrick’s is a refreshing, spry spirit with a character that cannot be confused with any other.
Santé: September, 2006
Vivid aromas of juniper, flowers, and coriander, cucumber, and citrus peel; lush and smooth with excellent, focused flavors and balance. Excellent and distinctive.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: June 1, 2006
Properly clear, but I note more minuscule sediment that I like to see in any gin. The aroma is alive and vivid right from the start as wave after wave of botanical/floral perfume invades the olfactory sense; the driving forces out of the gate are flowery/spring garden-like notes as well as coriander, juniper and cucumber; with additional time in the glass, the bouquet becomes more focused on the cucumber and spring garden floral aspects. The palate entry is moderately oily, semisweet, and gently herbal/ earthy; the midpalate stage turns firm in its spirity oiliness and vegetal/earthy leaning. The juniper reemerges keenly in the aftertaste, acting as the sweetish foil for the dry, minerally underlying flavor.