Voted the World's Best London Dry gin at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London in 2018, this is one gin that packs a punch. And in more ways than one.
Never one to play by the rules, Scapegrace Distillery was founded by two guys from New Zealand who in their own words..."didn’t know each other until one married the others sister and then they did." And the rest of the story could read like a "two guys walk into a bar" anecdote. Because no joke, that is exactly how the story goes. Two brothers-in-law and a part time musician walk into a bar and spend a year sitting in bars and lounges discussing how they always wanted to make their own gin. And so they did. With a 19th century whisky still, a long abandoned shed...and a whole lot of debt. But a whole lot of good gin we might add.
Now if you think Scapegrace looks familiar, and possibly that it might resemble another brand....well, you may well be right. The brand previously went by a different name until a turn of events led to it adopting its current name. Tune in below to find out how this came about and the real meaning of Scapegrace...
As for the gin? Well....now that you know the story behind the brand, you may know the Gold Gin used to be called the Goldilocks Gin. The name being too much of a mouth full, the guys just shortened it to Gold Gin, and with it winning awards left right and centre, the name couldn't be more apt.
It's a Navy Strength gin so brace yourself because it clocks in at a massive 57% ABV. If you are sipping this as you read, beware, sip it sparingly because it goes down smoother than a baby's bottom.
If you are nosing it right now, you'll pick up on the citrus note of this. But unlike the Lind & Lime, which heroes well, the lime, this gin has a multi-layered citrus complexity from its use of orange, lemon and tangerine. On the nose, orange blossom takes centre stage with subtle hints of rose. The obvious citrus botanicals are smooth, sweet and zesty on the nose, with a light pepper undertone. The citrus sweetness carries through on the palate but make no mistake, this is still juniper forward and has a natural hint of pepper.
To not take away from the citrus complexity, we're pairing this with an extra dry tonic to let the gin shine through. Now, because of the higher alcoholic strength of the gin....you might want to experiment with perhaps making a G&T with a ratio of perhaps 1 part gin to 4 parts tonic....and if you still feel like you need a hit of the gin, you could gently layer a teaspoon of the gin over the top of the G&T (give it a try, we won't tell the captain....)