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Now Let's Talk Tonic

A delightful gin that may win over gin naysayers.

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Drawn To The Packaging, Love The Product

  • Mar 13, 2009
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I was touring marketing websites and the online portfolio from one agency delivered a beautiful product label. I had to know more, not about the marketing agency, but about the product. The company website was festive, fun, nearly inspiring. So then I had to meet the product itself. Off to the liquor store where, surprisingly, I found but one bottle on the shelf. Dusty. Sad. Lonely. Needing a home.

I brought it home, showed the acquisition to my husband (who doesn't like gin -- mine, mine all mine!), marveled at the bottle which was a work of art all by itself, and that evening prepared a lovely Gin & Tonic cocktail. My first in years, being a beer-turned-wine drinker as I am.

Wrong, wrong, all wrong. I was ill-prepared for this experience. First, I didn't have any limes. Gin & Tonic is just wrong with a lemon. That problem was easily solved. Second, I learned that over the years my tastes have changed and the woefully pedestrian Canada Dry, Schweppes and Seagrams tonic waters are just plain inferior. Another review, another space, but let me just say, don't waste a lovely product like Hendrick's Gin on cheap mixers. Don't.

When it comes to gin, I am strictly a Gin & Tonic person. No fancy concoctions or Martinis for me. Hendrick's produces the perfect base for a perfect Gin & Tonic. How could it sit lonely on a shelf? Beautiful to look at and delicious, too.

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March 13, 2009
A good gin and tonic is such a classic, stately cocktail. It's nice to find a great recommendation for a solid gin.
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review by . April 07, 2009
Gin scented with cucumber that comes in a green glass barrel?  I'm yours.  
review by . September 14, 2008
Hendrick's Gin is strong without hurting you, flowery and bright in a way that I find delightful (and I generally find "flowery" off-putting). It's not harsh the way lesser gins can be [and while we're at it, if people would stop drinking lesser gins, this excellent liquor could possibly have a shot at enjoying a better reputation!]; it sort of seeps into you, cheery-like, and leaves a hint of cucumber, rose and juniper in its wake. It's bracing in an excellent way. I feel like it is the drinkable …
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Meg Livergood Gerrish ()
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Formerly an assistant at Porter Creative Services and the director of broadcast production at Crispin & Porter Advertising (pre-Crispin Porter + Bogusky), now retired. Working on my second novel (as … more
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