Midsummer Solstice Limited Release Gin
The Midsummer Solstice, with its mysterious pull and bountiful blooms, has been celebrated for thousands of years. Now there’s even more reason to revel, with the release of the limited edition Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin. Created from Master Distiller Lesley Gracie’s “Cabinet of Curiosities” – the name lovingly given to the cupboard of essences, herbs and spices in the laboratory where she weaves her botanical alchemy – it captures the intensity of a midsummer’s day. 10 years in the making, it has all the signature roundness of classic Hendrick’s, but with an explosion of floral essences. Marvellous in a Martini and the bee’s knees in a Bee’s Knees, Midsummer Solstice also pairs delightfully with Harvey Nichols Elderflower & Pomegranate Tonic Water, especially when enjoyed outside in the summer sunshine.
Many credit the original Hendrick’s with sparking gin’s phenomenal recent resurgence. It rocketed into pole position and became one of the best-selling gin brands in the world. As the avalanche of new gins and distilleries has continued to snowball, the originator has come back with bang. Hendrick’s has received a rumoured £13 million of investment in their glorious and otherworldly Gin Palace. With its stained glass dome, towering black walls, gleaming copper stills, walled garden and greenhouses, it feels part Willy Wonka, part gothic dinner party and just a little bit like a Victorian orangery kitted out by the set designers from Mad Men. From this stunning abode, an equally stunning procession of gins have begun to appear, starting with Orbium and now the limited release Midsummer Solstice. This latest was originally created as a wedding present for one of the distillery’s employees, but was deemed too good not to release. However, this batch is apparently never to be repeated.
Hendrick’s is handcrafted in batches of 500 litres in the equally minuscule Scottish coastal town of Girvan by just a handful of people and Master Distiller Lesley Gracie. They use a carefully curated selection of botanicals and two types of still: a Bennett Still that steeps the botanicals to create an intense and robust spirit, and a rare Carter-Head Still that steams the botanicals to create a lighter more fragrant spirit. These two spirits are then married together and infused with Hendrick’s magical touches.
£6.71 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3021445
Style No.: 743305
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