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Review: Scuttled Gin

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Deerness Distillery

Scuttled Gin is a uniquely tasty gin, with flavours of juniper, spice and citrus. While this might sound like a standard flavour palate, this gin has some unexpected touches that make it a truly individual drinking experience. 

A Little Bit of Background

Deerness Distillery on Orkney was the first distillery on the island for over 130 years.

Their second gin, following the highly celebrated Sea Glass Gin, was created in collaboration with Scapa 100. Scuttled Gin marks the 100th anniversary of the scuttling of the WWI German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow, on 21st June 1919.

A percentage of the profits for each sale will go to supporting Scapa 100 projects and events.


  • Juniper
  • Tarragon
  • Cassia Bark
  • Lemon Peel
  • Chamomile flower heads
  • Green Pepper
  • Lavender
  • Mint

The Bottle

The Scuttled Gin bottle is styled after the gorgeous bottle for their original Sea Glass Gin. The bottle is adorned with a beautiful wave pattern, surrounding the simple yet stylish logo.

The rolling orange waves on the bottle represent story of the scuttling of the fleet, reminding the drinker of the story behind the gin.

This bottle is very lovely to look at and definitely a keeper if you’re into your gin bottle craft!

Scuttled Gin Perfect Serve

There are several suggested serves for this gin, depending on your mood and tastes:

  1. Premium tonic with a slice of any citrus fruit
  2. Elderflower tonic with a garnish of lemon or lime
  3. Premium tonic with pink peppercorns and/or green chilli.

The Gin

On the Nose

Scuttled Gin, on the nose, smells a lot like a classic London Dry. Pop the stopper and you are met with the familiar scents of juniper and citrus, with a little hint of spice. However, there are some less well-known flavours lurking in there too. Something unfamiliar, tempting you in to take a sip.


First of all, there are some really interesting botanicals in this gin, that you might not pick up on just from smelling it. In particular, the use of tarragon is quite rare and adds a bittersweet taste that muddles well with the citrus and spices.

The cinnamon-like flavours of cassia bark also blend nicely with the juniper and citrus botanicals. This gin is tasty sipped neat if that’s your thing, but I enjoyed it more in a gin and tonic.

With Mixer

In a G&T is when the unique flavours of this gin really come out to play. I always like to try a gin blind before looking at what the botanicals are, and upon trying Scuttled Gin with tonic

I knew that there was something floral in here. After debating for about 15 minutes whether I was tasting chamomile or lavender, finally I gave up – only to discover that they are both ingredients!

Their flavours are subtle but the tonic helps them shine over the more traditional botanicals, such as juniper and lemon. The delicate herbiness of the tarragon and mint are also more prominent with tonic, resulting in a unique yet extremely tasty drink.

Lasting Impressions

This gin is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a twist on a London Dry. It’s stunning bottle also makes it the ideal gin to give as a gift – whether that be to a friend, family or to yourself!
You can pick up a bottle of Scuttled Gin on The Gin Kin Shop for £38.