Launched on 2nd May 2017, Hendrick’s Orbium is a reimaging of the original Hendrick’s Gin created by Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie. Orbium contains the same botanicals as Hendrick’s original but Lesley has taken this to a whole new level by infusing it with flavours regularly paired with gin but rarely infused. For example, Orbium includes quinine found in tonic and wormwood found in Vermouth. Blue Lotus Blossom has also been added to balance the overall flavour.
Orbium derives from the word ‘orb’, the plural of Orbis and Latin for circle. Lesley believes that this circular symbol represents the gin’s rounded character. This theme has also been incorporated into the bottle design with the inclusion of the ‘all seeing eye’.
For those looking to add this to your collection you’ll be in for a challenge, created specifically for the trade you will only find this in select bars and restaurants. The Gin To My Tonic discovered this at Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour in London, and whilst excited to try this we were also sceptical. Hendrick’s have achieved the impossible with their original and something completely different from them felt quite uneasy. It’s like parting with a favourite chair or pair of shoes…. can the newer version bring you the same joy?
Hendrick’s Orbium is not the familiar taste we know and love. It’s a complex gin, with its three new stand-out botanicals working together to create something more mysterious and deeper in flavour. On the nose floral lotus leads the parade, there are hints of the trademark cucumber, and underlying juniper, coriander and wormwood. To taste there are sweet floral tones that stay strong throughout, blue lotus blossom is key to this but the traditional cucumber and rose water combo help amplify this element. Juniper and citrus linger in the background, and the earthy characteristics of wormwood lead you towards the finish. Whilst Hendrick’s original is light and bright, this is a little darker and a tad bitter, yet it still retains some of the originals charm.
This quininated gin is almost certainly not for everyone. The original Hendrick’s has mass market appeal, whilst Orbium is what Hendrick’s would taste like in a parallel universe. Both have their place and have been expertly crafted, but the roll out strategy to select bars and restaurants, along with the unique infusions, have created a more exclusive product. The success of the original Hendricks is phenomenal, but what Hendrick’s have done here is really quite clever. Limiting the supply only creates more demand, which is why Hendrick’s Orbium will always be just as sought after as the original but for it’s own reasons. Overall, it’s distinct, beautifully crafted and utterly brilliant.
For further information visit: www.hendricksgin.com/orbium/