Tanqueray No. TEN is one of the best known gins on the market. And there are certainly many reasons for this. On the one hand, Tanqueray’s active marketing certainly played a decisive role in getting gin back into the minds of connoisseurs. On the other hand, the long tradition of a strong gin brand plays a role here, which today is part of Diageo like Gordon’s gin is.
No. Ten the premium Gin from Tanqueray
The premium version from Tanqueray was launched in 2000 and stands out due to the fourfold distillation. One wonders if this is necessary for a gin. In any case, one has to acknowledge that it is extremely difficult to come up with a distilled gin that has a certain complexity. At the same time, the type of distillation also explains the mildness of the gin, despite the remaining 47.3% vol. A result that not many distillers boast of achieving.
“Tiny Ten”, the still that gives the gin its name
The name of Tanqueray No. Ten is derived from the number of the still, which was not destroyed during the German air raid during WW2. The number 10 boiler (“Tiny Ten”) survived the attacks and is still in use today. The move from Tanquerray and Gordon’s to shift production to Scotland is closely linked to these attacks. Although both brands stand as the epitome of English gin, they have actually been produced in Scotland (Cameronbridge) for a long time.
Tasting Tanqueray No. Ten
The botanicals that set the gin apart from other gins come to the fore in the nose. In addition to a subtle juniper berry, shades of grapefruit waft through along with hints of lime. The citrus fruits play a special role that determines this gin’s taste. By the way, during the distillation, Tanqueray uses the whole fruit, not just the skin of the respective fruit, as is common with most other gins.
The complexity of the gin is palpable on the palate. The juniper is recognizable right from the start and combines wonderfully with the coriander that is also used. In addition, the citrus aromas come out particularly well. In addition to the grapefruit and the lime, these tangy citrus notes play a special role, especially in combination with the chamomile when it comes to the finish. Just as striking is the mild taste of the gin, which is achieved by distilling four times. The juniper remains on the tongue and the finish of the gin is pleasant, mild and long-lasting.
The botanicals are very well coordinated and Tanqueray manages to bring out a difficult to achieve balance with this gin.
Other Variants of Tanqueray Gin
The long history of Tanqueray is also reflected in a few selected variants that have been developed over time.
The London Dry Gin has the longest history at Tanqueray. A four-way distilled London Dry Gin that focuses on core values. Well suited for a simple gin & tonic, particularly popular but as a gin in cocktails: the flavors are not too intrusive and the juniper is well dosed.
Tanqueray Rangpur Gin
This variant of the Tanqueray Gin is especially for friends of intense citrus flavors. The rangpur fruit is a type of lime that is the center of attention in this gin and is reminiscent of an intense lime taste. The taste of Juniper berries is far removed making this a rather extravagant, daring gin.
Tanqueray Malacca Gin
The Malacca Gin was only produced from 2000 to 2004 and was then discontinued due to its lack of success. In 2013, however, people remembered the recipe and jumped onto the gin boom with a new edition in a limited edition. Traded on the Internet, the bottles were quickly sold for around € 100. The recipe is based on the original recipe by company founder Charles Tanqueray.
Tonic water that goes well with Tanqueray No. Ten
For Tanqueray No. 10 gin in a G&T we advise a slightly stronger tonic water that brings enough bitter notes with it. A Schweppes Dry or the classic Thomas Henry fit very well. Floral tones like the Thomas Henry Elderflower or the Schweppes Dry Tonic provide so much floral notes with lemon in the mouth that the flavors interfere more and complement less. The special notes of the gin such as grapefruit, fine citrus and a hint of juniper should be promoted by the tonic water. The mild taste is just as important when choosing the right tonic.
Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water
A chic combination in which the citrus aromas of the gin are promoted very well. In addition with its light bitter notes it forms our first choice for a gin & tonic with Tanqueray No. Ten gin.
Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water
Tanqueray No. 10 also plays well with the Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water. Mainly the different citrus flavors blend well here to form a very complex mixture.
Gents Swiss Roots Tonic Water
A less bitter combination results by mixing with Gents Tonic. Here, too, there is a nice interplay of citrus flavors, but less bitter than a classic gin & tonic.
Thomas Henry Tonic Water
If you are looking for a more classic gin & tonic, you should go for Thomas Henry’s tonic water with this gin. This combination is significantly more bitter than the combinations presented above, but without completely losing the citrus flavors.
Cocktails with Tanqueray No. Ten
Beautiful citrus flavors shape the taste of this gin. And these can be brought out very well in various cocktails. Below is a list of cocktails that utilize Tanqueray No. Ten.
Gin Basil Fizz
Tanqueray No. Ten blends harmoniously in the Gin Basil Fizz cocktail. The freshness of the cocktail is just right and the flavors of the gin comes into play in the finish.
Raspberry Thyme Smash
A nice interplay of raspberries, thyme and the notes of Tanqueray 10. The cocktail plays with the balance of fresh berries and herbs.
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The premium gin from Tanqueray definitely suits gin fizz cocktail. It is a perfect platform for Tanqueray No. Ten to show off its own aroma.
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Gin Gin Mule
Gin combined with fresh mint and ginger beer is a great combination. And Tanqueray No. Ten cuts a good figure here. But the London Dry Gin from Tanqueray can also keep up.
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Earl Grey Martini
Infused Earl Grey Tea in the gin. Then add lemon juice and sugar syrup to the shaker. The result is a great martini variant.
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A perfect cocktail for Tanqueray lovers. Towards the end, the gin oozes its own aromas, which go harmoniously with a cocktail with fresh blackberries.
A perfect cocktail for celebrations. The French 75 is essentially a Gin Fizz where champagne is used for the fizz instead of soda. The result is glorious as the bubbly wine uplifts the flavors to another level.
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Gin and Tonic
Mix 50 ml Tanqueray Ten with 200 ml Schweppes Original Tonic and throw in lemon zest, 2 mint leaves and some orange blossom petals. Makes a great G&T!