As the liquor industry finds new ways to innovate within the stringent regulations surrounding their respective spirits, the gin world has an easier time than most. Gin has always lent itself to experimentation because it has one of the broadest definitions when it comes to its Standards of Identity. Within reason, as long as the liquid has the characteristic of juniper and a minimum ABV of 40%, it can be called gin.
Among the most revered top-shelf options, Hendrick’s has long been championing innovation in gin, thanks in part to the initiative of Master Distiller Lesley Gracie, who launched the seasonal Cabinet of Curiosities limited-edition series back in 2019 with the release of Midsummer Solstice — gin infused with summer-blooming botanicals. It was followed up with 2021’s Lunar (using flowers that open up at night) and then again with 2022’s Neptunia (tapping coastal plants like seaweed).
For its fourth Cabinet of Curiosities release, the Scotland-based distillery has debuted Flora Adora. Inspired by nature’s most essential pollinators like bees and butterflies, Gracie wanted to utilize nectar-based flowers for the latest blend. So for gin fans who favor expressions with floral-heavy profiles, this new gin will be the brand’s most assertive yet, said to be “reminiscent of a fresh floral bouquet.”
If you’re curious about Flora Adora, this premium expression retails for around $44. Make sure you pick up a bottle or two; once they’re gone, they’re gone.