Tangueray No. 10



Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, so named for the still on which it is made, is such a core member of the team that we can hardly believe it hasn’t always been on the scene. It has been around for a wee while, though, having launched in 2000, way ahead of this modern iteration of the Gin craze. The gin is made with fresh, whole citrus fruits, which brings great depth and character.

Indisputably a step up in class, the gin seems smoother than Tanqueray’s classic offering. It has a full-bodied grapefruit and citrus hit to it and when released was highly sort after by bartenders who were keen to work with a gin that had a little something extra about it. It was go-to Martini fodder in a world of standardised spirits, and even though many thousands of gins have come along since, it’s still one that cocktails makers and those in the know keep close to hand.

Taste wise, the big brash citrus has plenty of juniper alongside it, along with a lovely floral note. The finish is smooth, laden with citrus oils, and the high strength (47%) makes it stand up to the loudest of mixers.

Although Tanqueray No. TEN has won numerous gins since its launch, it’s unprecedented win as ‘Best White Spirit’ three times in a row led to the San Francisco World Spirits Competition creating a ‘Hall of Fame’ for the gin to sit in. And that was just three years after its launch! Despite the growth of the category, the gin remains one of the most respected on the market, offering a subtle shift away from tradition and a fantastic body to it, that carries exceptionally well in cocktails.

Liquid aside, with an eye catching bottle that allows for good shelf visibility, as well as global PR campaigns making heroes of the world’s best bartenders, the brand will carry on cementing its place as not only the leader and pioneer of the premium gin category, but as one of the most loved.

Written by Gin Foundry


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