Hendrick’s seminar in Japan 日本にてヘンドリックスジンの講習会
|Hendrick’s bottle candle|
|11 types of herbs samples|
|Hendrick’s Tea Time pot|
Last Thursday ( 11/11/2010) TRAM & TRENCH CREW went to check out a quite different gin seminar from the scothish Hendrick’s gin .
The Hendrick’s seminar was held in a kind of secret place , in a hard to find place between Ebisu & Nakameguro . It took us a while to find it until we saw a rose leafs trail in front of a old Japanes building . Following the rose leafs trail upstairs , little by little we could feel the smell getting stronger and stronger . A 1920’s kind of music was flowing in the air . By this time we could feel that we would face to something unusual .
We arrived in a room with vintage furniture smelling gin , cucumber and rose . It was a impressive impact at first .
The Hendrick’s Ambassador Sir ” J ” started with a little gin history . The early times , the tonic history , the prohibition , etc .
And than came the part of what is inside Hendrick’s gin . Hendrick’s gin is made of 11 differents herbs : Cubeb Berries ( From Indonesia and spice Islands ) , Meadowsweet ( from Northern Europe ) , Coriander ( from Eastern Europe and Morocco ) , Orris Root ( aged 2 to 3 years , from Peru and Morocco ) , Juniper ( from Italy and Servia ) , Angelica Root ( from France and Belgium ) , Orange & Lemon Peel ( from Spain ) , Chamomile , Elderflower and Caraway Seeds . All those ingredients are distilled in 2 types stills system using a Bennet Still and Carter-Head Still ( 19th century still ) . That’s also one of the reasons that makes the gin flavor special . But the main difference is after the gin distillation , when cucumber and rose leafs are added . That gives the unusual Hendrick’s gin taste .
Ambassador Sir ” J ” also showed us some gin cocktails like hendrick’s gin&tonic (with cucumber for sure ) , martinis , Gin Basil Smash ( using basil leafs ) , red Snapper ( special tomato juice mix , hendricks , spices and cucumber ) but the star of the night was the TEA TIME gin pot , server in a chill tea cup ( chamomile tea , elderflower liqueur , lemon , hendricks ) recipes you can check here .
After all those roses , cucumbers , and aromatic spices , a love for the unusual starts to be born …
” R ” TRENCH
PS : next time I would like to see the CUCUMBER MOBIL( green vintage car with a Bar on the trunk ) , they didn’t bring to Japan .