Tanqueray

$$ — 47.3% ABV

One of the original London gins, Tanqueray got its start in Bloomsbury. It has since moved to Scotland, but Tanqueray has not at all forgotten its roots  — literal or metaphorical.

Proving that complexity isn't always best, Tanqueray is only made with four botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica and licorice. Its simplicity and cleanliness has made it the darling of martinis and negronis the world over, allowing it to adopt to new ingredients almost effortlessly.

There are a few other brands under the Tanqueray name, like Tanqueray 10, which is distilled a fourth time with more botanicals. This adds a slightly more complex flavor, but it also makes the spirit more vodka-like. There's also Rangpour, which has added lime and ginger.

However, many bartenders remain opposed to vodka or vodka-like spirits taking the place of more flavorful options, and would rather add lime bitters to order than have to keep a second bottle of Tanqueray on the shelves. The former is a point of preference, and the latter becomes a non-issue if a limed-up gin is always what you'd like to serve.

Tanqueray is located in London in southern England. Established in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray, it is now owned by Diageo.

Flavor Notes

Juniper / Coriander / Angelica / Licorice

Juniper / Coriander / Angelica / Licorice