Hendrick’s Orbium Review

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A revolutionary new expression of Hendrick’s Gin, Orbium is a journey in taste.

Gin before it was cool

Predating the rush to enjoy Gin that the millenials seem to have kicked off, Hendrick’s was founded in 1999 by William Grant & Sons. Today they are still innovating with Hendrick’s Orbium.

The company, who have an extensive history in making some of the best Scotch around, wanted to make a Gin that was distinctly British.

As such, they included 12 botanicals; juniper, coriander, angelica root, elderflower,grains of paradise, orange peel, lemon peel, orris root, cubeb berries, caraway seeds, yarrow and chamomile and infused it with cucumber and rose.

A Very British Gin

The idea here was to capture a refreshing cucumber flavour, which the brand recommends as the best garnish to enjoy their Gins with.

Hendrick’s Master Distiller is Lesley Gracie, who has been with the brand since their inception in 1999. She originally worked on the recipe with Grant’s Master Distiller David Stewert, and remains with Hendricks today.

Hendrick’s Orbium Review

Now the brand have brought out something a little bit different.

Infused with quinine, wormwood and blue lotus blossom, Orbium is something a little different.

The market is saturated with Gins these days, since it has risen in popularity over the last decade or so.

In light of this, brands are looking for something new to do and many Gins will promote themselves according to their botanicals.

With Orbium, Hendrick’s are actually offering consumers something a bit new and fresh, steering away from typical botanicals and going for something that probably hasn’t been done before.

Tasting notes for Hendrick's Orbium Gin

Bottle cost: £37.95

The nose is full of floral notes, with the lotus flower really coming out. It goes excellently well with the bitter quinine.

Wooded notes and a hint of citrus fruits add a gentle sweetness to the background.

On the palate more herbal notes appear, which bring in a slightly refreshing note. They are sharp and keen and go perfectly with the floral flavours. There is a definite natural flavour to this Gin.

Cucumber also comes through and enriches the fresher flavours. Alongside the citrus notes, it is really soft and mellow.

The finish is bold and full of juniper. It lingers on floral notes and a hint of dew covered grass.

This is an excellent Gin from Hendrick’s. They are certainly presenting something new to consumers and taking a brave step away from typical Gin notes. The god news is, it seems to have worked wonders.

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My name is Greg, and I’m a brand strategy consultant, writer, speaker, host and judge specialising in premium spirits. My mission is to experience, share and inspire with everything great about whisky, whiskey, gin, beer and fine dining through my writing, my brand building and my whisky tastings.

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