Scapegrace launches naturally black colour-changing gin in UK

Scapegrace Black Gin

A colour-changing gin with a naturally black colour is to be launched in the UK as part of the line-up from New Zealand’s Scapegrace distillery.

The premium Scapegrace Black gains its colour through a unique collection of natural extracts such as aronia berry alongside saffron, pineapple, butterfly pea and sweet potato. Each of the extracts is distilled at precise temperatures in a defined sequence to create the unique black colour.

The recipe also results in drinks strikingly changing to shades of red and purple when mixed with tonic. The gin has ABV of 41.6%.

Launched in New Zealand last year, it has been introduced in the UK through distributor Hi-Spirits which also looks after Scapegrace Classic gin and navy-strength Scapegrace Gold.

According to Hi-Spirits, the black gin is full-bodied on the palate, with a menthol-like crispness, which is naturally chilling and fresh with a hint of spice. It has a long finish with naturally candied, tropical and earthy flavours. 

Poppy Croft, Hi-Spirits marketing manager, said: “Scapegrace has always challenged perceptions of gin, and Scapegrace Black offers gin lovers something genuinely different on the back bar. As well as its unique, complex flavour, the burst of colour when the black gin is mixed with tonic makes it a memorable serve for customers.”

Just six months after its launch in September 2019, Scapegrace Black has become New Zealand’s fastest-growing gin SKU and is the second best-selling flavoured gin in the market. It will be available in the UK from April in 70cl bottles with a recommended retail price of £35.

Taking its name from the traditional word for a rogue, Scapegrace is distilled using spring water sourced from New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The brand celebrates gin’s sometimes murky history with its black-tinted bottle, which has a shape based on an antique genever bottle.

Scapegrace Classic, a 42.2% ABV complex, artisan dry gin combines classic botanicals of juniper, lemon and orange notes with subtler floral and spice undertones. In 2018, it was awarded the title of best London dry gin in the world in the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London.

Scapegrace Gold is a 57% ABV navy-strength gin with a unique three layers of citrus including the introduction of tangerine.

Signature serve
45ml Scapegrace Black
Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic
Two slices of Granny Smith apple to garnish
Fill glass with ice, add Scapegrace Black and top with tonic water.  Garnish with the two apple slices. 

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