Inspired by the memory of a summer tea party, Charles Gordon tasked the young chemist Lesley Gracie with crafting a unique take on the old mainstay utilizing two peculiar ingredients: cucumber & rose – certainly an odd request for gin notes of the time. An even greater challenge? He set her up with two separate types of stills he had purchased at auction a few decades prior—a Carter-Head from 1948 and a Bennett old enough to know Queen Victoria. This would have seemed like a Herculean task to any standard gin distiller, but perhaps through a touch of magic – or maybe just a good guess – Gracie cracked the code.
Over a century ago, Phileas Fogg circumnavigated the globe over 80 trips around the sun. Taking a page out of his whimsical legacy, we found ourselves on a similarly audacious adventure—in Scotland. Home to sweeping highlands, a curious affection for haggis, and a fabled sea monster, our daring team set out on a once unthinkable journey to traverse the Scottish landscape in only 7 days. With the help of our curious friends at Hendrick’s Gin and many of you, we uncovered a multitude of curios and factoids for inquisitive minds.
GARDENS AND GREENHOUSES
Welcome to our collection of all things natural. Many of this world’s wonders can be found in the humble garden. However, not all gardens, glass houses, and green spaces are created (and enjoyed) equally. This collection is brought to you by our most curious of adventure partners, for whom botanicals are a key element of their famous export – Hendrick’s Gin.
LEGEND OF THE GIN PALACE
Inspired by the memory of a summer tea party, Charles Gordon tasked the young chemist Lesley Gracie with crafting a unique take on an old mainstay by utilizing two peculiar ingredients: cucumber & rose – certainly an odd request for gin notes of the time.
NEWSROOM TO HOTELIER
While this may look like a pristine original theatre in the hull of the Scotsman hotel, this intimate concoction was once one of the many rooms serving The Scotsman Newspaper and Evening Edinburgh News up until the late 20th Century.