Henrick’s Gin has unveiled their stunning new £13 million home, the Hendrick’s Gin Palace, which they hope will help continue the “ginaissance” and grow their global reach.
Billed as one part playground for experimentation and second part invention and curiosity, the Hendrick’s Gin Palace and distillery is a marvellous new home for one of Scotland’s most famous gin brands.
Located at the William Grant & Sons’ Girvan, Scotland, grain plant, the new site opened on 1 October and is Hendrick’s most significant development since its launch in 1999.
The distillery as doubled its capacity to meet the enormous global demand for Hendrick’s and included artful additions.
Hendrick’s master distiller, Lesley Gracie, said on the new gin home: “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.
I’m thrilled and excited to take full advantage of our wonderful new distillery and begin working on a line of experimental liquids.”
The Hendrick’s Gin Palace features a mysterious and enchanting walled garden which leads to a Victorian inspired palm house. Flanked by two botanical hot houses – used to cultivate all of the unique botanicals and flora from around the world used in their famous gins.
There is an inner sanctum where Gracie and her team work their magic, which includes a flavour library, a lecture theatre and stylish bar.
The most impressive new feature is the two new still houses.
The new houses help increase still capacity from four to six, comprising of four Bennett stills – including the original 1860 antique copper unit – plus three replicas and two Carter-Head stills – including the original from 1948 – and one exact replica.
The new stills have been in operation since November 2017, and were installed with the aim of helping the brand continue to grow its reach and meet increased global demand.
And the brand is not stopping there, allowing for future expansion with room to add additional stills into the second still room if needed.
Hendrick’s global brand director, Pamela Selby, added: “The Henrick’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.
It represents the confidence we have in the brand that helped to kick-start the ginaissance and leading role it has played ever since.”