Tanqueray No. Ten Gin review – the Special One ?

Tomorrow (11th June 2016) is World Gin Day, so it only feels right that my post for this year’s WGD post is about a rather special gin, Tanqueray No. Ten. For a start Tanqueray is one of the great names of gin. The gin itself was invented by Charles Tanqueray around 1830. Under the guidance of Charles’ son Charles Waugh the company was, in 1898, merged with Gordon’s Gin to form Tanqueray Gordon and Co. Both brands are now part of drinks giant, Diageo family of products, with Tanqueray one of their strategic brands. BTW, if you are wondering the name Tanqueray is French, from Charles’ great-great grandfather David.

The Tanqueray No Ten bottle, so good it needs a black background.

The Tanqueray No. Ten bottle, so good it needs a black background.

One of the other reasons this gin is special is the bottle. This is the Rolls-Royce of gin bottles and, as you may have gathered, one of my favourites.

If you want to read more of my eulogy on the bottle read on…

So, this is really a beautiful bottle and top marks to Diageo for creating such a thing of beauty. Picking it up I feel like a barman on the Titanic, preparing a last Gin and Tonic for those who stayed on board as she sank. What makes it so good, well the shape (curvy in all the right places), the weight (heavy), the colour (a slightly citrus green), the punt (looks like a citrus press) the top (plastic, but you can imagine it in silver). I would go all Spinal Tap here and give the bottle 11 out of 10, except for the plastic seal. If only Diageo would splash out and use a real sealing wax.

Now we’ve got that out of the way, what about the gin ? Let’s start with one thing. Unlike, say,  the Monkey 47, the 10 in the title does not refer to the number of the botanicals. In this case the Ten refers to “‘Tiny Ten’, the nickname of the small (500 litre) copper pot still”used in the distillation. The gin is distilled four times and uses “whole citrus fruit, including white grapefruit, lime, and orange, along with juniper, coriander, and […] chamomile flowers”

Day or Night Gin ? Well it’s 47.3% alcohol by volume, so keep off it at lunchtime.

What does it smell of ? A very pleasant mixture of flowers and citrus. I’m tempted to say lavender

What does it taste of ? flowery and citrus in equal measure, followed by juniper and an earthy tone ending in a wonderful spicy finish. This is actually a gin you could drink on it’s own, either as an Apéritif or Digestif. The Tanqueray website suggests it would go well in Martini. Personally I enjoy it in a classic Gin and Tonic. It’s incredibly well-behaved and will work with most tonic waters; no need to join the Fevertree brigade here. With tonic water the grapefruit taste comes out, but is balanced with floral and earthy hints.

Buy It ? My yardstick price site has it at €33 per bottle (70cl), although you can buy it at the Real supermarket (in Germany) for €30. In the UK prices seem to be about the same in £ Pounds. Since it’s a Diageo brand you can find it at most good spirit retailers and large supermarkets.

Overall 5/5 This is a gin I love (but I hope you’d have figured that out). The first bottle has been emptied and like the Monkey 47 Gin, I’ve actually re-stocked. Enjoy.

Note: Tanqueray has not one, but two, websites with great cocktails to make with Tanqueray. These are at tanqueray.com and uk.thebar.com. The latter website also has a german-language version.

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