William Grant & Sons has unveiled the new distillery dedicated to Hendrick's gin, with a doubling of capacity for the near 20 year old brand.
The Hendrick's Gin Palace is the result of a £13m investment, and is designed as a walled garden, which leads to a Victorian inspired palm house. This is flanked by two botanical hot houses used to cultivate a range of botanicals and flora from around the world. Finally there is a unique space for Hendrick's Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, which features a 'flavour library', a lecture theatre and a bar.
The distillery itself has expanded and now features six stills – four Bennett stills including the original antique copper pot still hailing from 1860, three precise replicas, two Carter Heads including one original constructed in 1948, and one exact reproduction. The new stills have been active for almost a year.
Lesley Gracie, master distiller, 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.”