Oh my! The RumHowler Blog has branched out again. This is my first attempt at a gin review. My plan is to review at least three different gins by summertime subjecting them to the rigors of my peculiar review methodology.
I want to caution my readers that Gin is not a primary alcoholic beverage of which I indulge. This means that my reviews of gin (and tequila for that matter) may more closely resemble fantasy than reality. However, I would rather fail in trying to write a worthy review than to be satisfied with where I am at and make no attempt to grow and branch out. (By the way I do not plan to fail!)
My method of reviewing any spirit is to discuss and score my enjoyment of the spirit. I am confident than an honest discussion of this enjoyment will lead to a worthwhile review.
So it is that we come to the first bottle of Gin which I will review, Tangueray No. 10. This is a premium quadruple distilled gin which sits at the top of the benchmark as far as Tangueray gin is concerned. Here is an excerpt from my review:
“Tangueray No. 10 gin is soft and remarkably approachable. Juniper berries lead out in front with hints of pine and spruce behind. My mouth tingles wherever the gin stops to rest which is probably caused by the higher than normal alcohol proof (94.6). I can taste a light orange sweetness akin to Triple Sec or Cointreau in the background. Floral notes drift in and out of the currents of my palate, as do other citrus flavours….
You may read the full review here….
Of course I have added a few “forrest approved” cocktails including my sumptuous Key Lime Gimlet!
Enjoy the review!
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Tanqueray Gin was initially distilled in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray in the Bloomsbury district of London. When Charles died in 1868 his son Charles Waugh Tanqueray inherited the distillery, which operated until it was severely damaged in World War II. Only one of the facility's stills survived the Axis bombing. The remaining still, now known as "Old Tom", has since been moved to Cameron Bridge, Scotland.
Tanqueray is a London Dry Gin, so called because of the distillation process, not the origin of the product and is primarily produced in Scotland for export to its largest market, the US. London Dry Gin is made through double distillation of a neutral grain spirit with botanicals added during the second distillation.
Tanqueray London Dry Gin is the original variant, launched in 1830; the key botanicals are juniper, coriander and angelica root. It is variously sold at 94.6 proof (47.3% abv), 86.2 proof (43.1% abv) (e.g., in the UK and Sweden), and 80 proof (40% abv) (e.g., in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand). The top markets for sales are U.S., Canada, , Spain, and Italy.Tanqueray No. Ten was introduced in 2000 and targeted at the martini market. It goes through a quadruple-distillation.