Hola everybody and welcome to the first ever issue 14 of the Spirit Spotlight, the write up of the best spirits you can find at The Dial.
Gin, the spirit that has had a recent resurgent in the past years is still enjoying a major popularity that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. I wanted to say that since 2016 we are seeing a gin craze, but that has negative connotations due to the gin craze of the 18th century. However the gin craze in our time is something special, we are seeing people wanting to enjoy a long drink of gin with a premium mixer and a host of complementary garnishes. You see, Gin has upped its game, and we’ve raised our standards to meet it. We want to enjoy our new favourite drink in a glass that catches its aromas, using garnishes that complement the botanicals it is made with. It is these standards that show respect to the people that make it, respect that we owe them for giving us something to enjoy.
With that in mind it’s time to take a look at Larios Gin, but first, a very brief history of whom they are.
Larios gained its true popularity in the 1980s, when drinks got longer and so did everyone’s hair, but their true history goes all the way back to 1866 when French wine entrepreneur Charles Lamothe and his Spanish associate Fernando Jimenez founded the Jimenez Lamothe company. This company pioneered a premium way of making spirits in Spain and was financially backed by Marquis Jose Aurelio (Marquis is a type of nobleman, not his first name, I had to Google it). Marquis later purchased the company and changed the name to Larios & Cia. In 1932 Larios Dry Gin received the name by which it is known today.
Larios gin today is the result of over 100 years experience that has a reputation for using the finest botanicals and consistent quality. It’s reputation is known throughout continental Europe and thanks to distributors has become ever so popular in the UK. It is the best selling gin in Spain and is number 100 on the top 100 spirits list. Read that once and you may think it is in last place, but that’s out of all the thousands upon thousands of spirits. Larios Gin is a premium gin.
Larios has a range of products and one of the more individual gins is Larios Rose, easily noticed by it bright pink colour, once you open the bottle you are treated to a great floral aroma. Larios rose is a Mediterranean gin infused with strawberries and supported by subtle notes of juniper and crisp citrus. Making it a delight to enjoy.
I recommend you try it at least once neat, without any tonic diluting its taste, add some ice and give it a go, you wont be disappointed. However if you are bored of the usual gin and tonic mix, why not try one serving of Larios Rose gin mixed into a glass of Champagne, garnished with a strawberry. A premium gin deserves a premium mixer, after all.
That’s all for Spirit Spotlight this month, if there are any spirits you would like us to take a closer look at, let us know in house or on any of our social media sites. Until next time, see you at the bar.