Wm Grant & Sons, the company behind Hendrick’s Gin, has invested £13m in a new distillery for the brand and the creation of The Hendrick’s Gin Palace at Girvan in Ayrshire.
Lesley Gracie, the master distiller for Hendrick’s said, “I’ve been distilling Hendrick’s for almost twenty 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 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 minds and serve as a platform for invention. It pulls back the curtain on the wondrous production method and showcases the many layers 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 brand that helped to kick-start the ginaissance and leading role it has played ever since.”
The Hendrick’s Gin Palace features walled garden which leads to an imposing Victorian inspired palm house. This is flanked by two botanical hot houses used to cultivate a plethora of unusual botanicals and flora from around the world. There is the inner sanctum that is Lesley’s laboratory which features a curious flavour library, a lecture theatre that encourages scholarly learnings and a suitably stylish bar.
There are also two stunning new still houses. The Hendrick’s family of stills has flourished and now stands at six – four Bennett stills including the original antique copper pot still hailing from 1860 and three precise replicas. And two Carter Heads including one original constructed in 1948 and one exact reproduction. The new stills have been active for almost a year producing the same liquid that tastes exactly like Hendrick’s did on the day it was launched in 1999.