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Bummer and Lazarus Gin

(yes, I was watching the Belmont Stakes while doing this review)

(yes, I was watching the Belmont Stakes while doing this review)

“Two Tails that wagged as one,” the label says, “dogs with but a single bark.: It might be a bit of a stretch to apply the story of this gin’s name to the gin itself, but it’s a good story so we’re going to anyway.

In a world where dogs outnumbered men, two dogs won their way into the heart of San Franciscans the city around.

The scene: a dog fight in an alley. Lazarus is getting badly beaten. Bummer enters from stage left. 

Bummer: Bark!

Bummer tends to Lazarus’ wounds. He makes an astonishing recovery, hence the name.

This summer, experience the heartwarming story of love, compassion,and the journey of two dogs who rose from the streets where they were raised to become two of San Francisco’s finest, going where no dogs have before.

Narrated by Mark Twain. Coming soon.

[okay, check out the story here if you want it a little more straight]

The gin itself is a grape based [California Grape Brandy] and boasts a rather traditional bill of botanical bill with a bold flavor profile, distilled on hand built stills.

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Larios 12 Botanicals Premium Gin

Spain - Larios 12 Botanicals Premium Gin

Recently, I was taken to task by an anonymous commenter. The gist was as followed: you’ve called several gins the “best selling gin in the world.” Yes, many are. Gordon’s () is one of the best selling gins in the English-speaking world, and the best-selling gin in the world in terms of overall numbers over the life of the brand. And then there’s Ginebra San Miguel (), which in turn (in terms of volume, units sold) is the best-selling gin in the world, in terms of year over year sales. And then we have Larios, owned by Beam Suntory, which is the best selling gin in Spain, and in terms of units, among the best selling gins in the world year over year. But this impression is of their upscale offering featuring 12 botanicals.

This was going to end up in the forthcoming book (!), but due to some complications it ended up not making it in. So Instead, we’ll take a look at it here.


The nose is bright and awash with orange blossoms and coriander. Quite nice, very inviting, and decidedly contemporary.

The palate is still bright with lots of citrus: a melange of tangelo, orange, and particularly Minneola.

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