It’s been a good solid two months since I’ve looked at a new gin for you guys. So I went ahead and picked up a bottle of Tanqueray Rangpur. In so far as I can tell, the only real difference between this bottle and the original Tanqueray London Dry Gin is Rangpur’s inclusion of the Rangpur lime with the already present juniper, coriander, bay leaves, and ginger. For those who prefer a bit more bite to their gin, this one’s probably a good bet.
Tanqueray Rangpur is delivered in the company’s signature green-tinted glass bottle. After being poured into a clean cocktail glass, the gin bubbles away to a glistening crystal clear potion. Two ounces is all that’s needed, and a quick swirl of a bar spoon with two cubes of ice gets the show underway. The aroma of Rangpur is distinctly sharp and serves to open the sinuses — something to note for those times when you might be a bit stuffy because, let’s be honest, we’re not supposed to drink when we’re sick, but that’s never stopped us before. All I’m saying is that if the aroma of juniper and lime doesn’t clear you up, you may as well pack it in, anyway.
The flavor of Rangpur is not unlike its more prevalent cousin, save for the added bite that the lime gives. It’s subtle and smooth, and really makes for a drinkable gin, perfect in a martini, or to be paired with a splash of tonic, or (if you’re feeling especially saucy) to be the base of your favorite Fizz. The finish is clean and short, readying your palate for the next go-round.
For only a few dollars more than regular old Tanqueray, Rangpur takes a traditional beverage and gives it a nice twist. It’s a wonder that Rangpur isn’t more popular.