Tanqueray produce a throat grabbing range of gins for the sophisticated market although they are relatively ancient as a distillery. The first gin was produced in 1830 in Bloomsbury district of London by Charles Tanquerary. The retail outlet of Edward & Charles Tanqueray & Co was then established on Vine Street, London in 1838.
Now owned by the huge spirits producer Diageo they were originally an English business but most of the distillation is conduced in Cameron Bridge, Scotland which is the business’ main headquarters. A typical botanical mix will be juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice. That’s quite a common mix for botanicals and its more than likely they have other interesting componentry in there.
Tanqueray 10 (47.3 per cent) was distilled specifically as a celebration of their 10th still coming on stream on this planet. That was in the year 2000. Already established on the gin scene, they have celebrated a great many years with this still at Basildon in the county of Essex. It is the first gin that claims to use fresh citrus peels and not dried peels.
All their gins are prepared in relatively small batches and they typically use a range of botanicals. As cocktails go this is a subtle one for the base of a gin martini or that special cocktail. Ask any bartender and if they know their spirits, this is the one to go for. Over in the US, they love it. It was acclaimed by being placed in the San Francisco Spirits Hall of Fame who are no slouches in their appreciation of all things spirit like.
Botanicals: Juniper, angelica root, coriander seeds, liquorice root, chamomile flowers, fresh orange peel, fresh lime, fresh grapefruit peel.
Flavour: Citrus (lime, lemon, grapefruit) with herbal elements built on botanics, mainly chamomile flowers, some sherbet lemon notes with a juniper finish. Very little peel to speak of as in some others. The aftertaste leaves the remaining base lemon, possible lime notes behind as part of its mouthcoating (an important consideration).
Cocktails: martinis mainly, with tonic and a slice of grapefruit according to one punter. A typical G&T comes out a bit soapy after a while however.
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