Ms Lesley Gracie is the Master Distiller at Hendrick’s Gin. With a background in chemistry, Lesley’s genius lies in her fascination with flavours and how they work together, she visualises flavours as shapes and strikes to create a round, balanced flavour in all of her elixirs.
In 1999 Ms Gracie was approached by great grandson of William Grant, Charles Gordon, to create an “ultra-premium” gin which was to become Hendrick’s. Ms Gracie was appointed as the Master Distiller and went on to spearhead the development of this most unusual Hendrick’s Gin, and is responsible for the creation of all of Hendrick’s liquid innovations.
Over the past two decades, Ms Lesley Gracie has amassed an array of botanicals, distillates and experimental liquids, which are housed in a locked cabinet in her laboratory, the Cabinet of Curiosities at the Hendrick’s Gin Palace. In 2018, the Hendrick’s Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, was awarded ‘Gin Distiller of the Year’ by the World Gin Awards in recognition of her ground breaking work and in 2021 was inducted into the Gin Magazine Hall of Fame.