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Spirit Type: Gin
Bottle Size: 1L
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Tanqueray Rangpur Lime Gin was launched in 2006. It was a bit of a bold and unusual move at the time. Signature botanicals gin were rare, and gins that highlighted unique botanicals in their name were even rarer.
A Rangpur Lime isn’t a lime. It’s known as a Canton lemon in some parts of the world— but it’s not a lemon either. It’s a hybrid of mandarin orange and a citron. (Citrus × limonite). Its flesh is orange, the fruit highly acidic, and the flavor is perhaps closer to a citron than any above. It’s used in place of lime in some culinary applications because of its high acidity; however, to summarize, it’s best simply stated: a Rangpur Lime is genuinely its own thing.
Nose: Lime dominates the fore— and although the rangpur is not lime, the nose is decidedly lime-like. Juniper and a hint of traditional Tanqueray licorice and spice lie beneath. Quite nice.
Flavor: Slightly sweet in impression and quite citrus forward. The citrus is complex and could be described as having lemon, tangerine, and even grapefruit hints. Green juniper with slight pine facets comes in late—hints of laurel, coriander, and licorice round it out.
Finish: Only slightly dry with sour citrus remaining dominant, although above a spice-led accord that feels distinctively Tanqueray-like.
Some moments feel slightly traditional and call-to-mind Tanqueray; however, it is very citrus-forward. However, one exciting thing is how this gin’s position in the market has aged.
This whisky has won many Silvers in International Wine and Spirit Competition.