Owned by drinks giant Beam Suntory, Larios 12 is a top-selling gin in Spain, its home country. And boy do the Spanish like their gintonics. If you are a fan of Larios Dry Gin and Larios Rose then it’s a safe bet you will like Larios 12 too.
Despite being swallowed up by one of the big five companies (Beam Suntory recently acquired Sipsmith), Larios has been around since 1866. In that year the French wine entrepreneur Charles Lamothe and the Spaniard Fernando Jimenez formed the Jimenez Lamothe Company producing spirits that sold across Spain. In 1916 Jose Aurelio Larios bought out the company and the rest is history.
Larios 12 is its premium expression, the name comes from the twelve botanicals used in its five distillations. Blended together with a predominance of citrus, orange blossom is the fifth distillation. The bottle has a more premium look too with its sumptuous deep blue colour.
On the nose warming sweet orange with juniper and a sherbet lemon to add lightness.
If you are a juniper die-hard you will find this gin disappointing. The multitude of citrus botanicals pushes juniper and the weightier botanicals to the back. Despite the zingy citrus and the spicy nutmeg, it lacks punch. Larios 12 takes gin to the edge of the gin cliff. One berry less and it will fall off into the murky waters of flavoured vodka.
Having said that, if you are looking for a light summery gin to quaff on a balmy evening then you might just have found your perfect tipple. This juniper-lite gin has a light mouthfeel that will please those of you who like contemporary gins.
Premium tonic, lemon and orange zest knock back the juniper even further and advances the citrus. This is a very refreshing serve.
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