I bought this bottle of Larios Gin in a Tenerife airport around this time last year. Every shop that had a booze shelf seemed to stock it, and every bar had it on-optic; it was as ubiquitous as Gordon’s is in the UK. So, when I saw a one-litre bottle in the airport, on-offer for around £9, I had to pick a bottle up.
The bottle is nothing exciting with a metal screw-cap and a slightly generic label that reminds me of a Boddingtons beer-pump badge.
As with many budget gins, details are hard to come by. I managed to get the following list of botanicals from Difford’s Guide…
- bitter oranges
So, without much else to waffle about, I guess I should just get on with talking about the gin.
The aroma of Larios is a little disappointing; the scent of alcohol is as predominant as the juniper. There’s an smell of citrus, possibly lemon.
Again, the taste of neat Larios is a bit of a disappointment. In many ways, it mirrors the aroma, in that the alcohol is very prominent and quite harsh and the juniper takes a back seat. Where it differs from the aroma is the citrus; it’s far more evident in the neat taste and really dominates. There’s very little in the way of spice, with possibly a hint of coriander hidden in all that lemon.
In a gin and tonic, Larios begins to wake up a bit. The juniper notes are still very subtle but the citrus absolutely explodes. It changes into much more of a sweet orange flavour and it goes very well with the Fever-tree tonic water to provide a very luscious drink. The finish is quite a long one and has a marmalade bitterness to it. There’s still a lot missing though; it’s a bit mild and one-dimensional.
It isn’t a great G&T, in that I prefer a much greater juniper pay-load and it has a certain lack of character, but considering this gin costs next-to-nothing, it isn’t a bad tipple. If you like citrus-heavy gins and a weaker juniper-profile, Larios will certainly make an acceptable quaffing gin.