After fitting tributes to the sun and moon with their Midsummer Solstice and Lunar gin launches over the last two years, Hendrick’s is set to surface the third in line of their Cabinet of Curiosities range with the coming ashore of the Neptunia gin in Singapore.
As you can guess from its name (being derived from the Roman god of the sea), this latest limited release from Hendrick’s is inspired by the bounty of the vast ocean.
In the making of the Hendrick’s Neptunia, Master Distiller Lesley Gracie notes how she was moved by the waves seen along the rugged Ayrshire coast of southwest Scotland, near the grounds of the Hendrick’s Gin Palace, as she strolled along the local beaches.
The result is an unmistakably Hendrick’s creation, with notes of cucumber and rose at its core, but with added depth of ocean floor and citrus from the use of Scottish coastal botanicals giving the gin a more balmy character.
“Most of my creations are based on memories,” says Gracie. “I play around with botanicals and combine them to recreate certain sensations. Hendrick’s Neptunia, for me, is that freeing feeling of the sea bottled in a gin.”
She adds: “You have that distinctive fresh character of coastal herbs, depth of flavour from the sea botanicals and an unmistakable clean, bright citrus finish that lifts and lightens in a round, refreshing way that makes it Hendrick’s.”
Southeast Asia brand ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin, Charmaine Thio, recommends enjoying it as an original cocktail, the Hendrick’s Neptunia Fizz.
The simple yet satisfying concoction calls for two parts Hendrick’s Neptunia mixed with one part fresh lime juice, and one part simple syrup, before being topped with soda and garnished with cucumber slices.
In line with the launch of the Hendrick’s Neptunia, William Grant & Sons in collaboration with charity partner Project Seagrass is raising awareness and funds in support of seagrass meadow conservation.