Closure: Agglomerated cork stopper
Made by the originator of Hendrick’s Gin, Master Distiller Lesley Gracie, Hendrick’s Orbium launched on 2 May 2017. Labelled a “quininated gin”, Orbium is based on Hendrick’s Gin with additional extracts of quinine, wormwood and blue lotus blossom - the added quinine inspiring the term “quininated”. Read more
Sampled on 03/05/2017
(sample bottle first release) Floral lotus blossom notes – grassy, melon and vegetal floral scents – amplify the cucumber familiar to Hendricks, and, as you’d expect, rose water is also very evident. Juniper, coriander, zesty lemon and other more familiar gin aromas are joined by faint wormwood. Leave for a while and sniff again and the lotus blossom releases intriguing candyfloss scents.
Sweet floral notes lead and stay throughout the lightly spiced palate with melon and vegetal notes to the fore. These sit over and entwine with underlying juniper, citrus and coriander. The addition of wormwood highlights complex bitter rooty bark notes. Mixing with tonic, and particularly soda water, amplifies wormwood woody, nutty, dried grassy notes.
Vegetal, grassy cucumber, subtle white pepper spice, piney juniper and faint bitter rootiness.
Ally Martin, the Hendrick's brand ambassador who introduced us to Orbium, recommends enjoying this “quininated gin” in a Satan’s Whiskers, while Lesley Gracie, the Master Distiller behind its creation drinks Orbium with soda water. This isn’t, as I first thought it might be, a gin with enough quinine whereby you only need to add sparkling water to make a G&T – dilution brings out this gin’s wormwood perhaps more than it does the quinine. That said, Orbium does make a superbly complex and wonderfully rounded G&T with a long dry wormwood finish.
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