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Review

The Sting Gin

Distillery

Central Hisúmer, Alicante, Valencia, Spain (but made by an undisclosed distillery in London, England, UK.).

Website

Hisúmer and The Sting Premium Gin

History

Central Hisúmer, an importer/exporter, was founded in 1887 and is still run by the 4th generation members of the family today. The company mission is still the same: to provide consumers with a wide range of premium spirits sourced from anywhere in the world.

Production

5 times distilled, in small batches, in a copper pot still.

The Gin is presented in a tall clear cylindrical bottle, which is slightly “pinched” in the middle (by about half an inch) to give the impression of being taller. The bottle is screen-printed with a large red colored cross (possibly the English cross of St. George) running the height and width of the bottle and “The Sting” written in the middle of the cross in white.

Category

London Dry Gin.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

40% (80 Proof).

Price Range

$$$$$. Not available in the US, try online at Spanish company Gintoniq but this is for shipping within Europe only, and expect to pay an additional 50% for shipping. 

Botanicals

Uses 10 undisclosed botanicals including juniper berries. However the flavor profile (and an image on their website) indicates cinnamon is used, plus there is also some indication that Marsh Mallow flower is used.

Name

There is no background available on the choice of this Gin’s name, one thought is this refers to the spirit’s “bite” and hence “The Sting”.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is citrus (lemon) and pine (juniper) with floral notes (violet and marsh mallow?). On the palate is dry juniper and zesty citrus (lemon and possibly orange) with sweet cinnamon spice. On the close the sweet cinnamon spice gains momentum, with hints of citrus (lemon) developing to a dry bitter finish.

Unfortunately we have only sampled a small amount of this spirit and found it to be a pleasantly styled London Dry Gin. This was tried in a Gin & Tonic, where it acquitted itself admirably, and found a lemon slice garnish favored the citrus from the Gin. Overall this was a delight to sample but we really need to try more, across numerous days and in various drinks to give this a fuller review – we look forward to the experience!

Awards & Accolades

Unknown.



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