Distilled in New Zealand at the foot of the Southern Alps with 12 botanicals, including nutmeg, cardamom, lemon peel, orange peel and liquorice, this is a classic yet unique dry gin that is full of citrusy notes and even a hint of spice. The name Scapegrace means a mischievous person, or rascal. The water it uses is from one of the last natural aquifers in the world, taking 80 years to trickle and filter down to the distillery. This gives the gin a a very clean taste. A navy strength version of the Classic Gin, the Gold Gin not only packs the punch of a higher ABV, but also a 13th botanical – tangerine peels. This makes for a more rounded gin, with the other botanicals shining through more than the juniper. This is still a serious gin though, and perfect for those who prefer higher ABV spirits.
On the nose, Scapegrace Gold is rounded and has a slight nutty note. A mixture of nutmeg spiciness and clove earthiness give it an almost coffee-esque feel!
Fresh orange is in the mix too. At 57% ABV, it has a rich, velvety mouthfeel.
Cassia and orris take centre stage on the palate, joined by a fresh burst of lime, juniper and fennel in support. A core of spices and coriander dominate the mid-palate, with juniper-y dryness.
Orris is present once again, mingling with angelica for a floral, yet citrusy finish. Overall a journey for the senses, hence why it won World's Best London Dry Gin at the 2018 IWSC!