A bottle of Scapegrace has been on my ‘must get’ list since I saw it at a Christmas party last year. I’m absolutely kicking myself for not getting some sooner – please believe me when I say that this is a very special gin.
Made in New Zealand by the Rogue Society Distilling Co., Scapegrace Gin is batch-distilled using a restored 19th century John Dore copper whisky still and made with spring water filtered by the the country’s Southern Alps. The 12 botanicals are: Juniper berries, coriander seeds, nutmeg, cardamom pods, lemon peel, orange peel, orris, cinnamon sticks, cassia bark, angelica root, cloves and liquorice root.
I’ll start with the bottle. There’s something that’s so remarkably tactile and…. substantial about the Scapegrace bottle. I read the design is supposed to be based on an antique genever vessel, but there’s something more here – it has a beautiful metal disc embedded into a thick black glass that gives it an almost muscular feel; the curves remind me of a Morgan Roadster. Each bottle has a paper label bearing the batch number, and the intriguing message “I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it’. Bizarrely out of some strange reverence I tried (and spectacularly failed) to carefully remove this label to open the bottle.
So – what does Scapegrace gin taste like?
Scapegrace is led by a bright citrus nose with some spicy tones that combine perfectly with juniper. The taste of this gin is nothing short of outstanding; I want to use the word substantial again! Perhaps it’s the water used to make it but I found there was something that was initially quite heavy about the liquid as I drank it. The taste for me has the perfect balance – again led by the the citrus and the juniper with some lovely delicious spices lurking in the background. Scapegrace gin is so smooth and the G&T it made was absolutely delicious. My drinking partner commented “This is what gin should taste like”. I have to agree!
Discovering this gin is exactly the reason that I wanted to start this blog – to force me to try some new gin rather than relying on the old favourites.
Scapegrace is an exceptional gin – and I’m so excited that I’ve tried it. This might become my new favourite drink! What I do know is that a lot of my friends are about to get Scapegrace Gin as a gift. Vera Gin Rating : It has to be 10/10 — Brilliant stuff!
Where to buy:
DrinksDirect are currently selling Scapegrace Gin for a very reasonable £29.99 plus P&P. I’ve seen it elsewhere for over £35.
Say Hello to the extremely talented people at Scapegrace Gin here: