NY International Spirits Competition - Gold Medal Recipient & Best Greek Gin 2020
Wild times call for Wild Gin
What Gin Fans around the World are Saying
This gin was inspired by a road trip through Greece, and is indeed distilled there in the northern town of Aridea. Wild botanicals from the countryside are used, including fennel seed, sage, rosemary, and a piney tree resin called mastiha, which all come together in a licorice and spice-forward spirit that has a creamy mouthfeel. A portion of the profits from this new gin will go to support a no-kill animal shelter in Greece called Save a Greek Stray.
The flavors of Stray Dog come from the mountains of Greece and blend together hints from sage, rosemary, fennel seed, bay leaf, mastiha, orange, and lemon.
The result is a classy gin that definitely has terroir, and goes brilliantly with a quality tonic. Perhaps the Greek craft spirits movement is on the rise.
Simply taking the top off the bottle was a heady moment, as one sniff of the gin transported me to hiking in Greece on a hot summer day through forests thick with the smell of pine trees, and along tracks where the air is filled with the smell of plants like sage and rosemary, intensified by the searing hot sun.
Though gin is perhaps not the first spirit that comes to mind when you think of Greece, Stray Dog Wild Gin, produced in Thessaloniki, highlights the natural, wild flavors of the homeland in its signature recipe.
Johnny Livanos’ new Greek Stray Dog Wild Gin, a savory, smooth spirit designed to complement Mediterranean food, takes you to a wild place embodied with the Greek Spirit.
The first thing that came to me when I took a sip of Stray Dog is that this gin actually has flavor! And then it dawned on me that the flavor is both familiar and elusive. It tastes of the air on a Greek spring day! What do I mean? The subtle complexity of Greek herbs is evident in that first sip. It's exciting to me that there's a delicious Greek gin, not just one arbitrarily "made" in Greece, but one that actually tastes of Greece. It's delicious and I am looking very forward to many more sips of Stray Dog, straight up, or in, as the Greeks call it, a good "tzintonik!"
— Chef Diane Kochilas - Cookbook author and host of PBS show My Greek Table
A new savory gin has come to America featuring the flavors of Greece
A wonderful herbal gin with hints of woody sweetness. It makes a nicely balanced gin and tonic since it brings so many herbal notes to the table.
— Leo Degroff - Spirits Expert
Stray Dog Wild Gin’s profile is just outstanding, very clean and fresh with delicious herbal and citrus notes. My new favorite gin!
— Daniella Senior - Founding Partner Serenata, Colada Shop and Bresca
Stray Dog not only comes from a family approach to making a spirit – and it feels like it – but I love how its strong yet in balance herbal character drives any drink it is in. Piney, dry herbs and sage. Sublime! All in all, it feels definitely Mediterranean.
— Miguel Figueredo Lancha - ThinkFoodGroup Cocktail Innovator
Introducing Stray Dog Wild Gin, a gin that captures the sun-drenched atmosphere of the Greek landscape. Bursting with juniper, wild mountain sage, rosemary and fennel seed, this is a citrus-forward Mediterranean-style gin with a philanthropic backbone: A portion of all proceeds benefit animal shelters. Stray Dog Wild Gin is inspired by the untouched mountains in northern Greece.