William Grant & Sons has unveiled a new distillery for Hendrick's Gin which doubles capacity and provides facilities for developing new expressions.
Under the name of The Hendrick's Gin Palace, the new site at Girvan in south-west Scotland has two new still houses as well as two hothouses for growing botanicals, a Victorian-inspired palm house, a walled garden, a laboratory, a lecture theatre and a stylish bar.
It is home to six stills: four Bennett stills, including the original antique copper still that dates back to 1860 and three precise replicas, and two carter head stills – one built in 1948 and the other an exact reproduction.
The stills have been active for nearly a year, producing the gin that was previously made in a small converted building at the Girvan distillery site. The new distillery, built at a cost of £13m, is the most significant development for the brand since it was launched by William Grant & Sons in 1999.
The extra capacity and other facilities will allow the gin’s master distiller, Lesley Gracie, to be more creative after she developed the original recipe.
‘I've been distilling Hendrick's for almost 20 years and, during that time, my team and I have had the opportunity to explore and experiment on a small scale,’ said Gracie. ‘However, I’m thrilled and excited to take full advantage of our wonderful new distillery and begin working on a line of experimental liquids, some of which will hopefully blossom into future releases and potential new expressions of Hendrick's.’
Pamela Selby, global brand director for Hendrick’s, added: ‘The Hendrick'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, some humorous, others curiously intellectual, detailed and deeply meaningful. It represents the confidence we have in the brand that helped to kick-start the ginaissance and leading role it has played ever since.’