Scapegrace is produced on New Zealand’s South Island. The botanicals are distilled using neutral grain spirit in a restored 19th-century copper pot. Master Distiller John Fitzpatrick uses 12 botanicals for Scapegrace Classic (juniper berries, lemon peel, orange peel, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, nutmeg, cloves, angelica root, licorice root, orris root, cinnamon sticks, and cassia bark), and a thirteenth for the navy strength Scapegrace Gold expression (dried tangerine).
“Launched in early 2014 by founders Daniel Mclaughlin, Mark Neal and Richard Bourke, Scapegrace is currently the number one super-premium gin in New Zealand, number two ultra-premium gin in Australia,” the company says, “and since launching in the UK, Scapegrace has already positioned itself in the majority of the top 50 cocktail bars in the country including Dandelyan, Swift, Bramble and The Gibson.”
Scapegrace, which means ‘rogue’, ‘rascal’ or a ‘free-spirited’, is presented in a black-tinted bottle inspired by 19th century antique genever containers. Each bottle features its batch number on the label strip over the capsule.
“We developed our recipe with bartenders in mind to be versatile in classic cocktails,” says McLaughlin. “Our profile is classically citrus and super smooth.”
Scapegrace gin is 42.2% ABV with a suggested retail price of $36.99 per 750-ml. bottle, while the navy strength Scapegrace Gold is 57% ABV with a suggested retail price of $59.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
Both offerings are now available from 375 Park Avenue Spirits.