About Tanqueray Rangpur 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. When he died in 1868, his son inherited the distillery, continuing his success.
After merging with Gorgons & Company in 1898, Tanqueray had successfully established itself as a formidable force in the spirits industry. The Tanqueray facility was nearly destroyed in 1941, during the great air raid of 1941. Only one of the stills survived, the still known as “Old Tom”, which still resides at Tanqueray’s permanent home in Cameron Bridge, Scotland. The brand is now owned by industry giant Diageo.
The standard Tanqueray gin has four botanicals; juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, and liquorice. Together they yield a smooth, harmonious juniper forward gin. Unlike most gins Tanqueray lacks the citrus botanical, making it drier than most gins.
Presented in a signature green glass vial with a pineapple and axes, the pineapple represents both hospitality and prosperity, while the two axes are allegedly a symbol of the family’s role in the third crusade.
Tanqueray sells over 2 million cases each year, making it one of the top five selling gins in the world. Produced in Cameron Bridge using a one shot distilling method, Tanqueray Rangpur Gin “unveils the best-kept secret of the British-Indian tradition. The rare Rangpur lime, traditionally used to smooth down the gin, brings an exotic bold flavor to the already perfect combination of juniper, coriander, bay leaves and ginger” (Tanqueray).
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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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