Tanqueray is an icon in the world of gin. Those unmistakable green glass bottles marked with a red "T" wax seal have adorned liquor store shelves and back bars for decades. It is a classically styled London dry gin filled with an inviting array of botanicals that is a pure pleasure to drink. For many drinkers, Tanqueray is the gin of choice because it makes a fine martini as well as a refreshing gin and tonic and can stand up in any other gin cocktail you want to mix up.
The company was founded in 1830, by Charles Tanqueray, in Bloomsbury, London. The gin is now produced in Scotland. While Tanqueray London Dry Gin is the brand's most popular and familiar bottle, they also produce a few other bottles of gin. Each has its own unique characteristics that will appeal to different tastes while retaining the high standards of this premium gin.
Tanqueray London Dry Gin
The cornerstone of the brand, this gin epitomizes a quality London dry gin. Tanqueray London Dry Gin is distilled four times and includes only four botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica, and licorice. It is bottled at 47.3 percent alcohol by volume (ABV, 94.6 proof), and that higher alcohol content adds a nice boost to the flavor.
Tanqueray is a perfectly dry gin. While citrus (in one form or another) is included in most gins, this one doesn't have that—a fact that may add to its versatility. This means it's a great all-around gin for any cocktail, especially those with a hint of citrus because you can customize that element to perfectly suit your own taste. Expressing the oils of a lemon twist into a gin martini adds an instant lift, and the lime wedge that traditionally adorns a gin and tonic should not be considered optional with this gin.
To really taste the beauty of those four botanicals, be sure to try Tanqueray in hot gin toddy. The heat intensifies the aromatic bouquet and makes it seem like a far more complex gin. It's also quite impressive when simply dressed up with amaretto and a hint of bitters and sour mix in the Tanqueray almond cocktail.
Tanqueray No. 10 Gin
Released in 2000, Tanqueray No. 10 adds fresh grapefruit, orange, lime, and chamomile to the botanical mix. If you miss the citrus element in the original gin, you'll definitely find it here. It's also as readily available and easy to find in liquor stores and bars.
Tanqueray No. 10 is a light, fruity gin though it's also bottled at a relatively strong 47.3 percent ABV (94.6 proof). It's perfect for anyone who is not a big fan of a juniper-heavy London dry. Try this one in your favorite martini recipes or any other light-bodied cocktail. You'll find it to be as delightful in the maraschino-kissed Martinez as it is in a simple gin rickey.
Tanqueray Rangpur Gin
Released in 2007, Tanqueray Rangpur (41.3 percent ABV, 82.6 proof) is everything that's great about Tanqueray, it simply features a hint of lime. This is no ordinary lime, though. The Rangpur lime is an orange-colored lime that has the zestiness expected of lime but it has the juiciness of and looks very similar to a mandarin orange.
This unique citrus fruit that's native to India is a brilliant addition to Tanqueray's botanical blend. In this case, you'll also find bay leaf, ginger, and a few other botanicals alongside the typical juniper-dominated mix. It's an intriguing flavor profile and one that will appeal to gin and vodka drinkers alike.
Serve Tanqueray Rangpur on the rocks for an invigorating short drink or in a highball with either cranberry juice or ginger ale. Use it in any gin martini for an interesting twist or, for a flurry of lime, in a gimlet. As an ideal balance of bitter, citrus, dry, and sweet, the perfect martini with Rangpur and a dash of Angostura Bitters is, well, perfect.
Tanqueray Malacca Gin
Tanqueray Malacca (40 percent ABV, 80 proof) is a sweet treat when it's around. Originally released in 1997 and discontinued in 2001, this gin was re-released in 2013 as a limited edition that was also short-lived. It is a sweeter gin derived from a recipe developed by the company founder.
When Malacca was first brought back in the 1990s, it was touted as a modern substitute for Old Tom Gin, which was virtually impossible to find in the United States at the time. These sweeter gins were the original gin-of-choice for many of the classic cocktails and often the only option. Though a number of Old Toms are now available, Malacca remains a favorite among bartenders and connoisseurs.
Given its history and popularity, it's likely that Malacca will make another appearance at some point. When it does, stock up because it likely won't be around for long. Take advantage of that moment to revisit all the classic cocktails, as well as any modern creations like the Malacca flip with its maraschino and hibiscus syrup. You will quickly discover why it's such a beloved gin.