Through the looking glass at Hendrick’s Gin
Curious palace where magic happens
“A gin made oddly”– put simply by the gin gods themselves – Hendrick’s.
It’s the tipple sought after and enjoyed by millions across the globe but made closer to home than you think – in the heart of Girvan.
And it’s at the newly developed multi- million pound Hendrick’s Gin Palace where the magic and wonder begins.
The most significant development since launch in 1999, Hendrick’s Gin has been impressively expanded to meet the global demand for the ever popular drink.
William Grant & Sons, the family owned independent global spirts company, has invested £ 13 million in the glorious expansion, adding six new distillers to work under Hendrick’s Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie’s watchful eye.
Innovation has always been in the brand’s DNA, echoing the ethos of Lewis Carroll who cried “curiouser and curiouser”.
And it’s this spirit of invention and Alice in Wonderland- esque manner that carries through to the custom- designed complex which is encased in an enchanted walled garden, leading to a magnificent “Victorian inspired” palm house.
Surrounded by two botanical hot houses, the palm house is used to “cultivate unusual botanicals and flora from around the world”.
An inner sanctum that is Lesley’s laboratory features a “curious flavour library, a lecture theatre that encourages scholarly learnings and a suitably stylish bar”.
And, of course, there are two stunning new still houses.
The Hendrick’s family of stills now stands at a proud six – four Bennett stills including the original antique copper pot from 1860 and three precise replicas.
The Bennett stills were handcrafted by local manufacturers Carrick Engineering and construction of the distillery was all done by local contractors and builders helping to capture the home of Hendrick’s gin right down to the foundations.
The three replica stills are guarded and overlooked by a stunning stained glass ceiling – perhaps spied by Alice herself as she keeked through the looking glass.
Master distiller Lesley continues that sense of wonder with every drop she makes.
Lesley said: “I’ve been distilling Hendrick’s for almost 20 years and during that time, my team and I have had the opportunity to explore and experiment on a small scale.
“However, I’m thrilled and excited to take full advantage of our wonderful new distillery and begin working on a line e of experimental liquids, some of which will hopefully blossom into future releases and potential new expressions of Hendrick’s.”
Pamela Selby, the Global Brand Director for Hendrick’s added:
“The Hendrick’s Gin Palace in its design and experience, is intended to inspire curiosity, open n minds and serve as a platform for invention.
“It pulls back the curtain on the wondrous s production method and d showcases the many layers ers of Hendrick’s that it has become celebrated for, some humorous, others curiously intellectual, detailed and deeply meaningful.
“It represents the confidence we have in the he brand that helped to kickstart kd the ginaissance and leading role it has played d ever since.”
And with no end in sight ght for the beloved ginaissance – long may it live.
At Alice in Wonderland’s nd’s top table it’s time for tea, but t at the glorious Hendrick’s Palace ace it’s always gin o’clock.
Artist at work Hendrick’s Distiller Master Lesley Gracie Top table Hendricks an Glasshouse Alice in Wonderland vibe
Where the magic happens Hendrick’s Gin Palace
Through the looking glass Hendrick’s Stillhouse