Legend Slot: Lesley Gracie

A Q&A with the legendary Lesley Gracie creator of Hendrick’s Gin, hosted by Gin Guild Chairman, Christopher Hayman.

About Lesley

Lesley, originally a Yorkshire scientist, first started working on flavour development with a pharmaceutical company when she needed to make medicinal drugs more palatable. She moved to Scotland with her husband and joined William Grant & Sons in 1988 where her role originally focused on whiskies and malts and developing new liquids.

When, in the late 1990s, William Grant Chairman Charlie Gordon decided he wanted to launch a new gin, Lesley was tasked to develop one with more depth and complexity than anything currently on bar shelves – and the Chairman wanted what were to become Hendrick’s signature flavours, rose and cucumber, in it.

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  • 14th June 2024
  • RSA House, London