Scotland’s Hendrick’s debuts delightfully mysterious Lunar gin

by James Wilkinson

Hendrick’s has debuted a stunning, limited release ‘Lunar’ gin, the second small-batch, limited-edition drop from Master Distiller Lesley Gracie’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ collection.

Gracie is known for a spot of midnight gardening and regularly tends to her blossoming collection of botanicals under the influence of moonlight and she says it was here one moonlit evening, whilst tending to the botanicals in her beloved hothouse, she was inspired to create this “refreshingly rich, warm, alluring gin”.

“It’s a feeling,” she says. “That feeling when it’s a real dark, calm night, there’s a clear sky and the stars are out.

“I like that feeling and wanted to bottle that sensation of sharing stories under the stars. In the still of the night, you can get all sorts of smells, there are certain flowers that only release their scent under the light of the moon.

“There is a peculiar sensory attachment to scents at night, your body doesn’t react to aromas in the same way as during daylight, the darkness changes things, including how you respond to those around you, everything feels different at night.”

She says Hendrick’s Lunar Gin is an intriguing combination of the refreshing, the warm and the floral and is designed to be shared and savoured of an evening as the sun goes down and the moon charges the sky.

Hendrick’s Lunar Gin is available to purchase in June at Dan Murphy’s in Australia for AU$90.