Hendrick’s Gin

OK, we’re not gin drinkers.  Never really have been.  Always kind of tasted like pine needles to us.  Of course, that may be because the first couple times we tried it we were in college, when we were known to drink booze out of plastic bottles.

Since we’ve acquired a bit of a taste for slightly more upscale booze since then, we jumped at the chance to sample a bottle of Hendrick’s Gin when they contacted us a few weeks back.

Well, the bottle arrived last week, so we cracked it open while enjoying the Thursday night thrashing of the Packers.  And we noticed right away that this isn’t at all like the gin we had in college–and they’re damn proud of that.  In fact, the bottle came with a little booklet that said straight away “It is not for everybody” and our personal favorite, “Preferred by 1 out of 1000 gin drinkers.”  Right out of Marketing 101, that is.

We popped the cork out (which in itself is kind of cool), took a whiff, and…well, you could tell it was gin, but like everything else about it, you could tell it was a different kind of gin.  The smell was almost citrusy.

As we said, we’re not big gin drinkers, hence we’re not big martini drinkers.  So, in a nod to Winston Churchill, we assumed the fact that our local liquor store presumably has vermouth meant it was close enough to the right mix for our martinis, and away we went.

Now, I’d like to tell you that we proceeded to down the whole bottle over the course of the night, and finished the night passing out while watching some horrible B-movie on Cinemax.  But, as we were in the presence of Manlyweb spouses and offspring, and since we had our fill of fermented beverages a couple nights earlier, we pretty much left it at the one drink.  But that one drink of gin was far and away the best gin I’ve ever had.

And while it’s not likely that gin will become my drink of choice (I’ve grown rather attached to my whiskey, thank you), we definitely will recommend it to our friends that do regularly drink gin.  And I have no doubt that the Manlyweb spouses, who are more into martinis than we are, will more than willingly finish the bottle of Hendrick’s when the time comes.

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2 Responses to “Hendrick’s Gin”

  • SirWhoopass Says:
    December 3rd, 2007 at 10:56 am

    A big 10-4 on that. I’m guessing the other 999 gin drinkers are at frat houses mixing it with grape soda and energy drinks. Hendrick’s isn’t for the kids.

    Exellent with a little ice and a splash of soda water.

  • DLL Says:
    December 3rd, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Mmm, yes, Hendrick’s indeed. Been drinking it since the WSJ called it the best gin in the world, 6-7 years ago. Excllent indeed, although the cucumber garnish takes some getting used to.

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