Cocktails with… Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin

Over the past few years, Tanqueray have released a series of limited editions: Tanqueray Malacca, and their Old Tom Gin. The Master Distiller of Tanqueray, Tom Nichol, has recently retired, but before he left, he created Tanqueray Bloomsbury (47.3% ABV), which is what we’re going to be taking a look at today.

Tanqueray Bloomsbury is based on a recipe created by Charles Waugh Tanqueray (son of the founder) that dates from the 1880s, when the Tanqueray distillery was located in Bloomsbury, London.

Its botanicals include: Tuscan juniper, coriander, angelica, winter savoury, and cassia bark.

Picture thanks to Nicholas Cook

On its own
Nose: Brilliant, bright juniper; juicy and resinous, with the crispness of pine needles and fragrant complexity of pine blossom.
Taste: Rather resinous, there is piney juniper upfront and hints of cedar. This is followed by light, slightly bitter citrus notes from coriander, as well as an array of floral notes towards the finish, along with some dryness.

Gin Tonic
The gin’s presence is easily felt in this drink, with a long, crisp, razor sharp finish of fresh juniper. Refreshing and reviving, this is a straightforward Gin Tonic with a sublime simplicity to it.

Bright and fresh, with plenty of juniper, pine, and cedar notes, as well as hints of black pepper and menthol. An excellent and bold cocktail.

Very bitter and intense: the juniper-focused gin sings through, adding some dry, tannic, resinous notes. In the middle, there are also some dark chocolate notes, before an intense and lasting bitterness on the finish.

In Conclusion
Tanqueray Bloomsbury bucks the trend of gins moving towards a more contemporary style, but, as Tom Nichol’s last hurrah at Tanqueray, I wouldn’t expect anything less. Whilst I embrace innovation in gin styles, this goes to show that there is still much to explore in the classic realm.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

3 thoughts on “Cocktails with… Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin

  1. David,
    Thank you for this, I had heard it had a classic taste profile and it’s nice to have this confirmed by someone who has tried it. It seems like a fitting high note for Tom Nichol’s departure from Tanqueray and a tough job to follow. Looking forward to trying this Gin, and with only 100,000 bottles produced I’d better make it soon.
    Regards, David.

  2. Thanks for the comment David, yes I think it is well worth seeking out, it’s litre bottles and I guess will be around the £35-40 mark. It came out a few months back but I’ve not yet seen it for sale…

    • David,
      Here in the US it can be found in a few select bars and is available online from and costs…$33…which is a little cheaper than the UK judging by your figures. This might mean for once US residents aren’t paying higher prices due to import costs!
      Regards, David.

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