The independent, family-owned Scottish company William Grant & Sons have recently launched, Orbium, a quininated gin that’s meant to give you a taste of what “Hendrick’s might taste like in a parallel universe”.
The gin launched earlier in the month and was created by Hendricks master distiller, Lesley Gracie. The term quininated refers to the drink having quinine, which is a flavour component of tonic water and bitter lemon drink mixers. That’s why several soda guns here in the UK have the letter Q on them. The drink still shares a lot of similarities with Hendrick’s Gin, but it has additional extracts of quinine, wormwood, and blue lotus blossom. Thanks to the addition of blue lotus blossom, the gin gets a distinct floral note, which is something that gives the gin “surprising brightness and an uncommonly long finish”.
The name Orbium derives for the word orb and is meant to be symbolic of Hendrick’s trademark spherical round taste. The bottle features an all-seeing eye and the bottle has been stylized to look like an apothecary bottle. This is also the first time one of Lesley Gracie’s innovations has been made available to bartenders beyond sample quantities.
Currently, Orbium is only available in select bars across the UK. The product is planned to become a permanent addition to the Hendrick’s range and will roll out into other markets such as duty-free and travel retail in due course.