The Tanqueray Gin is an icon of the world of gins and belongs to the basic equipment of every bar. In its striking green bottle, reminiscent of a cocktail shaker, it catches the eye from afar.
The Tanqueray Distillery was founded in London by Charles Tanqueray in 1830 and started exporting its products to the British overseas territories at an early age. It quickly gained a foothold in the USA and became the best-selling gin brand there.
Tanqueray is now part of the globally active Diageo group (also owns Johnnie Walker) and is one of the most valuable spirits brands around.
The price of Tanqueray gin is around $12 for a 375 ml bottle of its popular London Dry variety. Tanqueray London Dry Gin is characterized by its classic and well-balanced juniper taste.
To successfully compete with competitors, especially with Gordon’s gin, Tanqueray had to develop a fundamentally new production technology. The ingredients for its production remain traditional with juniper, coriander, angelica root and licorice. Fourfold distillation of the Tanqueray gin gives it a particularly soft, clean, balanced taste.
At about $24.49 for 750ml, it is priced significantly below the Tanqueray No. Ten, which sells for $38, almost $14 more.
Tanqueray price list
|Tanqueray London Dry Gin||750ml||$24.49|
|Tanqueray No. Ten Gin||750ml||$38.49|
|Tanqueray Rangpur Gin||750ml||$26.99|
Different Gins made by Tanqueray
Transparent gin with the scent of juniper and citrus. Its taste is soft and harmonious, with notes of lemon peel, needles and coriander. The finish is dry and intense, with pronounced spicy flavors. It is ideally served is with tonic, ice and a slice of lemon.
Tanqueray No. Ten, 47.3%
This gin, with a fresh aroma of citrus fruits, was a Hall of Fame awardee at a competition in San Francisco. Its taste is reminiscent of lemon, grapefruit, orange and lime, which are joined by shades of juniper and chamomile flowers. Recommended for use with a quality tonic and a slice of pink grapefruit.
This gin, with a fresh Tanqueray Rangpur is the youngest gin of the line. As always, the recipe is kept secret. It is only known that in the composition the main ingredients are juniper, coriander, bay leaf, ginger and a hybrid of mandarin with lemon – Rangpur.
Tanqueray Malacca Gin
The Tanqueray Malacca Gin, which is available again today, became particularly famous. It was released for the first time in 2013 in a limited edition and was temporarily traded at prices of well over $130 or €100 per bottle.
This variant has been around since 2018 and is a foray into the world of highly flavored gins. Here Tanqueray manages to give the gin the natural aroma of Valencia oranges. Certainly one of the most exciting new releases in 2018!
Tanqueray Lovage Gin
An exciting and unusual gin variant that should be particularly suitable for cocktails. The gin is infused with Lovage (yes, the Maggi herb). Would you care for some?
Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin
For lovers of the classic aroma, this variant with an extra portion of juniper is worthwhile.
How to drink Tanqueray Gin
Some people will appreciate Tanqueray in its purest form and with the addition of ice. “Cold as metal” is what they say about this gin in England. Because it gives a strong feeling of coolness in the mouth. However, the days have passed when it was drunk mainly in its purest form.
In the modern world, this drink is primarily intended for cocktails. Tanqueray is a great base for mixing. It is a fragrant and soft gin with great features. It is consumed with tonic water, cola, fruit juices, and other non-alcoholic drinks. There are components that combine with it better than others. These are lemon, olives, vermouth and tonic water.
Recommended Tanqueray Gin Cocktails
Gin and Tonic
The most popular mixture is, of course, gin and tonic. British soldiers who fought in India first tried this mixture. In those parts, malaria was common, and an ingredient of the drink, quinine, helped fight it. Since this remedy itself was bitter, the soldiers mixed it with gin to improve the taste. And the addition of lemon helped the subjects of the British Empire deal with scurvy. The amount of gin and tonic that was drunk at that time can be compared with the use of Coca Cola by American soldiers during the Second World War.
In second place is a mix of gin and vermouth called Martini. This cocktail with Tanqueray gin is rightfully very popular among women.
>> to the cocktail recipe
Gin and Basil Tonic
Gin in combination with basil and fresh lemon juice. This cocktail from Hamburg has delighted gin fans for years.
Raspberry Thyme Smash
A nice interplay of raspberries, thyme and the notes of Tanqueray. The cocktail plays with the balance of fresh berries and herbs.
Earl Grey Martini
Infusions can be made especially well with the 47.3% vol. version of Tanqueray. The alcohol of the gin removes the aromas from the tea. This creates a wonderful cocktail.
A classic cocktail is particularly good with a classic gin. This London Dry Gin mixes with Campari and red vermouth perfectly.
Cucumber Lemonade Chiller
The refreshing cucumber flavor plays with the rosemary (an ingredient in this cocktail) without the Tanqueray really getting involved as planned. The finish acquires a bit more of the characteristic gin flavor.
>> Cocktail recipe
Ramos Gin Fizz
One of the first fizzes to ever be made, the Ramos Gin Fizz is a remarkable drink. Its list of ingredients including milk cream, egg white and gin simply do not seem to fit together. But after the hardcore shake, what one gets is a top notch drink.
The Bramble is a delicious fruity, sweet and sour drink that is highly popular in summers. Any gin cocktail list would be incomplete without this cocktail made with seasonal blackberries.
Which tonic water goes with this gin?
The Tanqueray London Dry Gin limits itself to the essentials in terms of taste and can, therefore, be mixed with a variety of different tonics. The manufacturer recommends the Thomas Henry Tonic Water to mix a classic G&T.
This gin also goes extremely well with the Mediterranean tonic from Fevertree. If you like it a little more unusual, you can easily try out the world of tonics, for example with hibiscus or rose blossom tonic, to create a fruity and exotic gin and tonic.
Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water
A simple but classic G&T. Juniper is in the foreground, the drink is not too bitter, and short and crisp on the finish. Far ahead when you look at the price-performance ratio.
> Fever Tree Tonic Water
Thomas Henry Tonic Water
In combination with the classic tonic by Thomas Henry you get what you expect with the Tanqueray London Dry Gin: a classic G&T, without much around it.
> Thomas Henry
Thomas Henry Elderflower Tonic
The Tanqueray Gin is straight and flexible, so it goes well with a play of flavors in tonic water. The combination with an Elderflower Tonic is quiet nice.
> Thomas Henry Elderflower
The company’s founder Charles Tanqueray was born in 1810 in London. His father and grandfather were clergies, but he decided to make his own path and went with his brother to work at the Curries distillery in order to learn the intricacies of making gin. By the year of the opening of his enterprise in 1835, Charles had collected a whole book of recipes for a strong drink with proportions of ingredients.
In 1832, a continuous distillation method was invented, which greatly improved the taste of neutral grain alcohol. Thus Tanqueray became one of the first distillers to start producing London Dry Gin without added sugar. Until that moment, fusel oils in alcohol were masked with a large amount of juniper and sugar syrup.
Tanqueray plant produced gin based on four plant components: juniper, angelica root, licorice and coriander.
Towards the end of the 19th century, many strong drink companies had opened in London. To survive the fierce competition, the founder’s son, Charles Tanqueray, entered into a merger agreement with Gordon, resulting in the formation of Tanqueray Gordon & Company. The owners decided to promote Gordon’s brand in the UK, and the gin Tanqueray was destined to conquer the US market.
Sales growth continued even during Prohibition. Transparent gin has become one of the ingredients of cocktails created during the period of the ban on alcohol. After the lifting of restrictions, the drink became even more popular. According to one legend, Tanqueray gin and tonic were drunk in the White House in 1933 at the celebration of the end of the Prohibition.
The air raid of 1941 during the second world war almost completely destroyed Tanqueray’s distillation plant. Only one distillation still survived – Old Tom.
After the end of World War II, the buildings were rebuilt, and the equipment was restored and installed again. By 2000, gin’s popularity had fallen somewhat, and the company launched Tanqueray No. Ten, based on fresh citrus fruits, which brought back interest in the brand. In 1995, the distillery moved to the district of Scotland Fife.
Production of the gin
Little is communicated by the manufacturer about the production of Tanqueray London Dry Gins. The original recipe by Charles Tanqueray is kept under lock and key. This gin is produced in the Cameronbridge Distillery in Windygates in Wales from neutral grain alcohol.
During its at least four distillation processes, it is infused with various botanicals. These include juniper, coriander, licorice, and angelica root, and probably lemon peel or other citrus fruits. The exact recipe remains a secret from Tanqueray. But the recipe shows that it doesn’t take hundreds of botanicals to make a high-quality gin.
Tanqueray’s is not a so-called small batch process. Even “crafted” is very far off with the way it makes its gins. And yet Tanqueray stands for the high art of distillation, after all, you can deliver a product of absolutely constant quality from natural ingredients.
Tanqueray gin received gold awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2017.
In London at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, the brand won silver awards annually from 2016 to 2018.
The brand took first place in the competition “50 most popular bars of the world”, which was held by Drinks International in 2016.