In the 1860 Bennett still at right, Hendrick's botanicals are steeped in a mix of neutral grain alcohol and water from the nearby Penwhapple reservoir for a day before distillation begins. At that point, the temperature is raised slowly. “If it's raised too quickly,” says master distiller Lesley Gracie, “the berries and botanicals will burst and the distillate will become green.”
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In the 1860 Bennett still at right, Hendrick's botanicals are steeped in a mix of neutral grain alcohol and water from the nearby Penwhapple reservoir for a day before distillation begins. At that point, the temperature is raised slowly. “If it's raised too quickly,” says master distiller Lesley Gracie, “the berries and botanicals will burst and the distillate will become green.”