Now that we’re back let’s discuss things from before. Specifically Tanqueray, we’ve previously done the original and the Rangpur, but this time we finally got the chance to taste, and for me to the Buffalo to review the more refined gin.
I was lucky enough to pick this up rather cheaply in New Hampshire – the mindset being that there’s no reason why I shouldn’t have this. Sadly though as you can tell I’ve depleted it, and am enjoying my final glass as I write this.
I’ve always had a penchant for Tanqueray – I suppose in the war between it and Bombay my side is fairly well chosen (Justice would be on the opposing side.) This however is not your typical gin, and in fact it shouldn’t be used as such. If I’m honest this isn’t that good at all in my standard Gin and Tonic, and it really only has one purpose in life, and it’s one that it does well – to be in my martini glass (usually while watching Archer.)
What They Say: “Fresh botanicals and hints of citrus give Tangueray No. Ten its exquisite flavour and smooth finish. Tanqueray No. Ten is a uniquely crafted spirit, which makes a truly fresh tasting martini.”
Taste: 7.5 – It’s light here, and it’s here where the botanicals really hit, it’s overall a very pleasant flavor.
Aftertaste: 8.5 – That is improved once the juniper and citrus take effect, even better is that the aftertaste changes, and continues to stay with you.
Burn/Smooth: 8 – It’s certainly smooth as far as gin goes, but I think it could be smoother still.
Aroma: 7 – While the smell is not offensive, it’s not bringing enough to the table.
Manliness: 8.5 – You can see below, but I do like that there’s very little wank here, and in truth it really does make a fine Martini. Add in the cut of the bottle, and the fact any discerning gentlemen enjoys having this in stock – it certainly has the manliness factor down.
On the Rocks: 6.5 – Honestly I was hoping more here, as I’d like to have a good rocks gin, but sadly that little bit of Vermouth or bitters really brings it out more
Martini: 9 – I was close to the giving this a 10 as I’ve never had a better martini, but I just feel as if there is something out there that can make a martini even more perfectly.
Value: 5.0 – That is nearly 3 times the price of our bar favorite New Amsterdam, and while it’s certainly not great value, you are for the most part getting what you paid for.
Google Shop Average: $ 34
Metric Score: 52.25/70 |+| Metric Average: 7.46 |+| Reviewer Average: 7.5
If you are a fan of gin, then you have to at some point in your life, maintain a stock of this in your bar for those occasions which call for a damn good martini.