Tanqueray is priced around $12 for a 375 ml bottle. It is a world famous English gin. In 2016, the brand took first place in terms of sales, ahead of Beefeater.
Its main market is the United States. The drink is produced at a Scottish factory in the village of Cameron Bridge by double distillation according to the recipe of 1830. The brand belongs to the British company Diageo, which also owns Captain Morgan rum and Johnnie Walker whiskey.
The company was founded in 1830 by the son of a priest, Charles Tanqueray. To successfully compete with competitors, especially with Gordon’s gin, Tanqueray had to develop a fundamentally new production technology.
Fourfold distillation of the Tanqueray gin gives it a particularly soft, clean, balanced taste. Gin connoisseurs consider this drink one of the best in its class. 20 years after the appearance of the first bottle, Tanquerey gin has become quite popular in many countries.
Tanqueray Gin Price
At about $24.49 for 750ml, it is significantly below the Tanqueray No. Ten, which sells for almost $14 more than the Tanqueray London Dry Gin.
|Tanqueray London Dry Gin||750ml||$24.49|
|Tanqueray London Dry Gin||1L||$33.99|
|Tanqueray London Dry Gin||1.75L||$38.99|
|Tanqueray No. Ten Gin||750ml||$38.49|
|Tanqueray Rangpur Gin||750ml||$26.99|
Types of Tanqueray Gins
Tanqueray London Dry Gin, 47.3%
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.
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.
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 cola, fruit juices and other non-alcoholic drinks. It is not forbidden to experiment in the preparation of cocktails. However, you should know that there are components that combine with it better than others. These are lemon, olives, vermouth and tonic water.
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.
Martini – In second place is a mix of gin and vermouth called martini. This cocktail with Tanqueray is rightfully very popular among women.
Tanqueray gin is popularly mixed with ginger ale, cranberry juice, soda. The most explosive mixture is with vodka, that is mostly drunk in Russia.
Connoisseurs of Tanqueray recommend savoring it with cheese, pickled onions or olives. Meat dishes and seafood also go well with it. They make you feel all the shades and variety of taste.
According to tasters, this gin in its pure form should be drunk from glasses with a capacity of not more than 40-50 milliliters, so as not to feel the killer effect of the alcohol. Cocktails with this alcohol are drunk through a straw from glasses of cylindrical or conical shape with a capacity of 250-500 milliliters.
Tanqueray is not a cheap or low quality gin. Therefore, it is customary to drink it from crystal or glass dishes. Due to its versatility, it is suitable during both parties and over conversations.
The company’s founder Charles Tanqueray was born in 1810 in London. His father and grandfather were clergy, 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.
Tanqueray became one of the first distillers to start producing London Dry Gin without added sugar. In 1832, a continuous distillation method was invented, which greatly improved the taste of neutral grain alcohol. 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 the 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.
The Scottish plant at Cameron Bridge is considered one of the most advanced in the UK. Neutral grain alcohol is produced there.
The company continues to operate the distillation still Old Tom, which has become a kind of mascot of the company. The botanical ingredients are added during the second stage of distillation.
Tanqueray Gin is still produced according to the original recipe of Charles Tanqueray.
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.