Scapegrace, the prominent spirits producer hailing from New Zealand and renowned for its trailblazing gin offerings, is celebrating a momentous victory at the 2023 Global Spirit Whisky Masters. This esteemed competition, held in London, has bestowed upon Scapegrace’s Single Malt Fortitude V Whisky the coveted Master Medal – the highest distinction within the awards.
Mirroring the approach taken with Scapegrace’s gin, vodka, and ready-to-drink selections, this whisky has undergone distillation utilizing artesian water drawn from a subterranean aquifer positioned 130 meters beneath the brand’s distillery located in Central Otago.
Founded in 2014 by Mark Neal and Daniel McLaughlan, brothers-in-law based in Auckland, Scapegrace derives its name from a term signifying a rascal or libertine. A mere four years later, the brand’s Scapegrace Gold gin secured global recognition as the finest London dry gin at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
With a robust presence in more than 40 countries, Scapegrace maintains an active role in domestic markets and is progressively expanding its presence within travel retail arenas. Notable placements in key locations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai are indicative of its growing influence.
“Scapegrace thrives on defying convention; pushing the boundaries of innovation and offering a unique perspective that challenges the norms of the past,” affirms the brand’s philosophy.
Unexpectedly we have got the opportunity to host a tasting with Ruari Reynier of Waterford distillery. Waterford is maybe a difficult brand to grasp, but it is oooohhhhh sssuuuccchhhh an exciting brand as well. Proofing terroir in whisky is pushing the boundaries of the known whisky industry.
It gives us also the chance to give some of you a sneak preview in our Box Bizar project which we are setting up in the little church of Ten Broek.
A bit about the brand: WATERFORD IS ON A QUEST TO UNEARTH WHISKY’S MOST NATURAL FLAVOURS
Unashamedly influenced by the world’s greatest winemakers, they obsessively bring the same intellectual drive, methodology and rigour to barley – the very source of malt whisky’s complex flavour.
Extolling a hundred exclusive farms of Irish-grown barley, they search for natural flavours via three paths: their Single Farm Origins pursue the individualism of terroir-derived flavour; they are the building blocks of our Cuvées, where the whole is greater than the sum. Finally their Arcadian Barley expresses the intensity of flavour from exploring the old ways – of Organic, Biodynamic, Heritage and even Irish-peated barley. Indeed, so thorough is their exploration of the frontiers of natural flavour that they are the world’s largest producer of organic and biodynamic whiskies.