Tanqueray Gin was created by James Tanqueray in 1830 in Bloomsbury, London. It is now owned by Diageo and although it originated in England, it is now produced in Scotland. Its largest market is the US where it is the highest selling gin import.
Tanqueray is considered the epitome of London Dry and is made from a double distillate of grain. The recipe is a closely guarded secret but is known to contain four botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica and liquorice.
It is one of Diageo’s top 16 “strategic brands” earmarked for prioritisation in promotion and distribution across the world, selling more than 18 million litres per year, making it in the top 5 selling gins in the world.
Bottled at 43.1%ABV and 47.3%ABV export strength, this gin was almost wiped from the market during the air raids of 1941 when the distillery was almost completely destroyed. The only thing that just about survived was a still named ”Old Tom” which is still in use today, albeit in Scotland rather than its home on Vine Street in London.
According to legend, Tanqueray was Frank Sinatra’s favourite gin and also the crest on the bottle features a pineapple and two axes – the pineapple represented hospitality and prosperity in the 1800’s as it was hard to get due to how far away it was grown, and the axes represent the family having taken part in the Third Crusade.
This gin was designed around the dry martini cocktail and is a great gin to recommend for this purpose due to the low level of citrus notes.
Juniper, Coriander, Angelica Root & Liquorice.