Hendrick’s Gin Discovers New even More Unusual Botanical

UnknownAfter days of trekking through the Venezuelan rainforest in pursuit of the
extraordinary, the Hendrick’s Perilous Botanical Quest team came back safe and sound.
Dirty, scratched, bruised, and pounds lighter than when they left, the
team are immensely excited to announce that they have discovered a most
unusual and flavoursome botanical with which to make a stimulating new
‘special edition’ gin.

The intrepid venture into the Guayana Highlands of Venezuela saw
Hendrick’s Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, exploring the flora and fauna
of the remarkable landscape under the stewardship of Mr. Charles
Brewer-Carias, one of the world¹s most distinguished moustachioed
explorers, and renowned botanist, Francisco Delascio. Together, they
guided Lesley through the remote wilderness of the rainforest  and advised
on botanicals.

Over the course of the trip the team covered several different terrains of
the Guayana Highlands, from savannahs and mountain foots to riverbanks and
the deep jungle. Armed with her tiny ten-litre alembic still, Lesley made
a number of distillates from promising plant species pointed out to her by
Charles, Francisco and the local tribesman, but it was one botanical in
particular that captured her senses, that of the most unusual, ‘Scorpion
Tail’. Believed by natives of the jungle to be a plant with magical powers
for warding away evil spirits and traditionally used in tea infusions to
treat stomach complaints, Scorpion Tail has an intriguing complex deep
green note that will work well with the peculiar character of Hendrick’s

“The flavour of Scorpion Tail is really difficult to describe, as it
doesn¹t taste like anything I¹ve ever experienced before. However, its
intriguingly unique palate will sit well with Hendrick’s and is sure to
excite and delight taste buds.” said Lesley on unearthing Scorpion Tail.
“The quest has been such a remarkable opportunity for us to discover new
and unique flavours for distilling and has been an experience that will
stay with me forever, but I¹m happy to be back in Girvan again where there
aren¹t any sand fleas and spiders the size of saucers!”

In the heart of the jungle, Lesley distilled 8.4 litres of Scorpion Tail
concentrate, which she successfully transported home and back to Scotland
in her suitcase. Once she¹s acclimatised to the very different terrain of
South Ayrshire Lesley will start work on the new very rare edition of
Hendrick’s Gin, a gin that will be inspired by the delectable Scorpion
Tail and the pursuit of the extraordinary.

For more information on the Hendrick¹s Perilous Botanical Quest, please
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