Hendrick’s Kanaracuni Gin

In the inimitable style of Hendrick’s Gin events, Hendrick’s Kanaracuni Gin launched last night to a select group of bartenders and media at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

The venue had also been the location of Hendrick’s Journey into the Botanical Unknown event held in mid-2013, announcing that Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie was to venture deep into the Venezuelan rainforest to search for new botanicals to create a new gin.

Hendrick's Kanaracuni Gin
Hendrick’s Kanaracuni Gin

With Lesley Gracie in attendance along with David Piper, Hendrick’s Gin Global Ambassador and Sebastien Derbomez, Hendrick’s Gin Australian Ambassador, the new spirit was revealed.

After making various distillates using unusual botanicals during the 10 days expedition, Ms Gracie decided on the gin as the key ingredient. The gin is named Kanaracuni, after the village where the team had based themselves.

Hendrick’s Kanaracuni Gin is bottled at 44% ABV, slightly higher than Hendrick’s Gin with the Scorpion Tail distillate added with Rose and Cucumber distillate.

On the nose, Hendrick’s Kanaracuni has more pronounced vegetal notes, is distinctly floral with a hint of spice. On the palate, the all familiar Hendrick’s DNA is evident with more spice that subdues the notes of the rose botanical. The finish is long and spicy, and makes it a pleasure to sip and perfect in a Martini.

Only 560 bottles of Hendrick’s Kanaracuni are available worldwide with only a select audience tasting the rare spirit, it will not be available for retail.

Launch of Hendrick’s Kanaracuni Gin in Sydney

When it comes to spirit events, Hendrick’s Gin has built a reputation of delivering excitement and an immersive experience that remains long in memory. And the launch of Hendrick’s Kanaracuni Gin surpassed expectations.

From the moment the invitation was delivered – a box containing a curious shaped drinking vessel with instructions to “forget it at your own peril” – anticipation mounted. But nothing was to prepare guests for what was to come.

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Led down a pathway down the Sydney Botanic Gardens at sunset, guests were greeted with beads and had their gourds were taken away only to be returned full of a curious libation from the Hendrick’s Kiosk of Curious Concoctions. Among the people mingling were the best surprises of the evening, Leslie Gracie, Hendrick’s Gin and Solerno Liqueur master distiller, and David Piper, Hendrick’s Gin Global Ambassador.

The venue at Palm House was resplendent with a jungle theme and once invited to be seated, the duo presented an entertaining and fascinating account of their journey into the Venezuelan rainforest and how the Scorpion Tail distillate became the botanical of choice for the new gin.

Inside the venue, you could easily forget you were in the heart of Sydney, and after a short video, it was time to taste the rare spirit. Vegetal notes, floral with hints of spice on the finish. Sensational. But how would it taste in a Martini? The answer was soon delivered in etched Hendrick’s glassware, and it was perfect.

Dinner was a series of curious plates that had guests digging into pigs’ ears, “devilled snake hearts” on bone marrow, curious looking “bats legs”, fish skeletons with walnut brains and cassava fritters with ants – without batting as much as an eyelid.

More drinks were to follow, including another excellent Martini mixed by Sebastien Derbomez, Australia and New Zealand Ambassador made with Hendrick’s Kanaracuni Gin, the rare Chartreuse Elixir and orange bitters.

But the party was not to end yet as photo opportunities with snakes, insects and a bug race were to keep guests entertained with everyone embracing the jungle theme and the spirit of Hendrick’s Kanaracuni Gin.

Once more, Hendrick’s Gin has raised the bar with the launch event. While the Kanaracuni Gin is available in very quantities, the launch event will long be talked about.

The launch was held on Monday 2 March 2015. More photos of the event on the Gourmantic Facebook page.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.