It seems like Tanqueray have been around forever. And in gin terms they have. One of the Founding Fathers of Gin (I kind of made that up ~ but I like it) they have been making gin in one form or another since 1830, when clergyman’s son Charles Tanqueray launched his quintessential London Dry Gin in Vine Street, Bloomsbury.
The Tanqueray original is purported to use only four botanicals: juniper, coriander seed, angelica root and liquorice root. The real recipe is top secret. Anyhow, it led the way for other crisp dry gins to follow. Together with Beefeater, you could say they created the London Dry style of gin.
Today Tanqueray, at nearly 200 years old, has been swallowed up by the drinks multi-national Diageo plc. And where once production was centred in The Bloomsbury Distillery in London, it has since moved to Scotland.
Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla recreates an original 1862 recipe from the first Charles Tanqueray and follows on from the successful No.Ten, Rangpur and my favourite Malacca. Launched last year Flor de Sevilla spearheaded a wave of orange gins, some good, some not so. But while everyone was mad for pink Tanqueray compounded its original gin with essences and colouring and came up tropical Hawaiian sunset.
Tanqueray’s London Dry gin botanicals with Seville orange essence and orange blossom.
The nose is sherbet orange, exactly the smell you get when you zest an orange for garnishing.
It has a suspicious orange colour. How could an orange gin be that bright an orange colour? Have I mentioned the word orange enough yet?
The taste is sweet and slightly artificial. This is a lightweight gin. Juniper is in the background and saves the gin from tasting like alcoholic Fanta. Not a particularly complex or sophisticated gin. It might be a bit lightweight for serious gin connoisseurs. I have to admit though it does grow on you.
With the bitterness of a good plain premium tonic, the sweetness is toned down a little, although the sweet and sour notes do tend to see-saw on your tongue. Always a ratio of 1 part gin to 3 parts tonic. And large clear good ice cubes.
I didn’t try it with any tonics other than plain premium. But that is my personal preference. The orange was a little too much to my taste.
In a cocktail, this would go well in anything from the 1980s or perhaps an alcoholic fruit punch or a Bee’s Knees. Get experimenting!
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