Just ask Johnnie Johnson. Tanqueray Rangpur is their latest creation - debuting about 14 years ago.
This aromatic gin is made with Rangpur limes, which the distillery says are actually a hybrid between lemons and mandarin oranges, looking something like tangerines. Tanqueray distills this citrus fruit with other botanicals "including bay leaf, ginger, and a fair amount of juniper." The Rangpur lime itself is named after the Rangpur region in northern Bangladesh.
Tanqueray is made by Cameronbridge Distillery, owned by Diageo. They claim it is "arguably the oldest continually operating distillery in Scotland, and could be the oldest grain distillery in the world." Tanqueray Rangpur clocks in at 41% abv and sold for $20 at a local grocery, where it was on sale at about $12 off the list.
Tanqueray Rangpur offers the zestiness of lime and juiciness of mandarin orange, just as promised by the distillery. The extremely aromatic nose suggests that no lime is needed for a gin and tonic. It’s a smooth gin, you can have it on the rocks. It also fits well with tonic or club soda. I tried a splash of sweet vermouth in it and was pleasantly surprised.
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