About Tanqueray London Dry Gin
Said to be Frank Sinatra’s favorite gin, the story of the legendary Tanqueray begins with Charles Tanqueray, who founded his distillery on the well-known Vine Street in Bloomsbury, near Picadilly Circus. The origins of the recipe for the legendary London Dry Gin are not well documented, though the general consensus is that the recipe predates 1838. The brand’s uncharted success is very impressive considering the recipe for the gin has remained largely unchanged. Its transcendental popularity is due to Charles Tanqueray and his pioneering spirit. Founding Tanqueray in his early 20s, Charles was barely a novice when it came to distilling, but he brought his brand to great success. It took him some 300 recipes to arrive at "The One". When he died in 1868, his son inherited the distillery, continuing his success.
Today, the brand is owned by industry giant Diageo, selling over 2 million cases each year, making it one of the top five selling gins in the world. In 2020 Tanqueray launched their first threesome of canned cocktails: Tanqueray Gin & Tonic, Tanqueray Rangpur Lime Gin & Soda, and Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin & Soda.
The standard Tanqueray gin is crafted with their in-house neutral grain spirit and has four known botanicals; juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, and licorice. Together they yield a smooth and harmonious juniper-forward gin. Unlike most gins Tanqueray lacks the citrus botanical, making it uniquely dry and herbal. The award-winning gin is bottled at 94.6 proof, making it the perfect inspiration for your cocktail adventures.
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According to Winston Churchill, "The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire," referring to the British officers using it to treat malaria in India.
Initially made for medicinal purposes, gin gets most of its flavor from the juniper berries added after the distillation process. It sure has come a long way from the Middle Ages, with the introduction of new botanicals, fruits, and spices, bringing it closer to people of all flavor varieties.
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