Cocktails with… Tanqueray Rangpur

I remember hearing about Tanqueray Rangpur before it was released in its test markets of Maryland and Washington DC. I must say, I was rather jealous of these folks and it seems that something similar is soon to be happening with Bombay Sapphire East.*As time went on, it gradually became available in specialist import shops like The Whisky Exchange and now you can even buy it in Waitrose, so I think it’s fair to say that it’s now truly arrived in the UK.I received a request to review this gin a few weeks back and as, this weekend, three separate people also asked me about it, I think it’s time to put pen to paper.What makes Rangpur different?
Tanqueray Rangpur is flavoured with Rangpur Limes, which is a nod to the Colonial British who once used this citrus fruit to take the edge off of their gin.** The name of the fruit comes from the town of Rangpur in Bangladesh; it’s also known as the mandarin lime or the canton lime. Despite the name Rangpur Lime, the fruits are actually more similar to a lemon-mandarin hybrid than most other “limes”, but this is a mere trifle.
Botanicals
Juniper
Coriander
Angelica
The Secret Tanqueray Botanical
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 with the addition of fresh:
Rangpur Limes
Ginger
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There has been a history of lime-flavoured gins, with versions made by both Beefeater (now discontinued) and Seagram’s (still made). I have had the fortune to try both of these gins and my bottles are now enshrined down at the Plymouth Gin Wall. I’ve not seen any mention of a Gordon’s Lime Gin***, but if anyone has, please leave a comment.
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The Taste
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Own
The liquid is clear, although the bottle is tinted a light green. There’s lemon, lime and juniper on the nose and a hint of sweetness, similar to that of Rose’s Lime cordial. To taste, there are strong flavours and it seems a little fizzy. There’s bold lemon and lime flavours and hint of juniper and coriainder. It’s finish is similar to that of lemon sorbet.

From the freezer
Very viscous and just short of freezing. OK to drink, but it seems to have been polarised, with the citrus now being more dominant and the more subtle flavours being lost.

Gin & Tonic
Not great: there’s some bitterness and although the lime flavour is there, when mixed with Schweppes Tonic, the resulting drink is a bit sickly. I’d recommend using a dryer and cleaner tonic, like Fevertree or Thomas Henry, when mixing Tanqueray Rangpur.

Martini
Some sweet lime, quite clean and moderately crisp. Quite pleasant; I think that some folks may not like the sweet citrus at the end, but, then again, some will.

Gimlet
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Gin & Cranberry Juice
The cranberry and lime flavours go really well together and, in this drink, they create a very fresh and very tasty tipple. This is not a drink that I would have initially thought of, but it is a great way to enjoy the gin.

Fruit Cup
Fresh and zingy; the lime and ginger work very well together. Less crisp and not quite as refreshing as most fruit cups, but, still, it is rather good.

Negroni
Great: softer than most Negronis, but the drink is picked up by some citrus zing and a touch of tartness. Some notes of Key Lime Pie.

In Conclusion
Since its creation in 2006 and subsequent release internationally, Tanqueray Rangpur has obviously had commercial success. For me, although, it made some other nice drinks, I am still to be convinced of the merits of using it in a Gin & Tonic. Despite this, mixing it with cranberry juice was superb and I also enjoyed the Negroni.

*Bombay Sapphire East is a new product that has black peppercorns and lemongrass in addition to Bombay Sapphire’s existing 10 botanicals; it is being tested in New York and Las Vegas from September. See our review here.
** Add a little quinine and sugar, and you’d be close to an early G&T.
*** Gordon’s have made Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit and Spearmint Gins so it does makes me wonder why I’ve never heard of a Lime one.

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