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Tanqueray #10 Gin — Thoughts?

My wife and I lately have been using Tanqueray's #10 gin (large skinny green bottle) for our martinis, and it has now become our gin of choice. To us it has an appealing very slightly sweet aromatic flavor.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this gin?

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    1. Am gald you are enjoying your martinis with T-10. In the last few months I have been trying different gins. I tried T-10 about a month ago. I am finding that I am old time gin drinker and not into the milder, lighter gins. Having said that the T-10 was enjoyable with its citrus flavors. I have already posted on Beefeaters Wet and how I disliked it after posting I went and read the bottle and it is suppose to have a hint of pear. You might say it was not the apple in the tree that caused the problem but the pear in the bottle. Give me a Gin and Tonic with the most juniper taste with a longleaf pine swizzle stick and a pine cone for decoration. With the way that Vodka is pushing gin for shelf space I hope I can continue to be that man in the song Piano Man by Billy Joel "that old man make love to his tonic and gin."

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      1. re: 1 wiener hound

        You should read a great gin article in the Wall Street Journal from last Saturday. Bottom line, the reviewer preferred t-10 in his gin and tonic claiming it added a citrus scent to it. But preferred Hendricks and Plymouth for the martinis.

        Here is the link, though you may need to be a member

        1. re: 1 wiener hound

          Interesting, 1 wiener hound. If you're still around these parts, could you talk about which gin brands taste most juniper-y? I love the smell and taste, but haven't tried many brands and would be curious about your views.

          1. re: spigot

            Anchor Junipero has probably the most upfront and intense juniper in any gin.

            1. re: JMF

              Agreed - it's hands-down the most juniper'y of the gins I've had. Wonderful for G&Ts, but for me, too much for martinis, for which I prefer Hendricks.

        2. While not a traditional gin, Tanqueray 10 is certainly very well made (like everything Tanqueray does). It's distilled with grapefruit and other citrus fruits and particularly suited for tall, summery drinks.

          I would be hesitant to call a martini made with it a "martini". But I'm a horrible snob. Although I'm sure it's quite good.

          1. It's good, but I don't like it as much as the discontinued Malacca. The plain version is what I prefer for my Gin and Bitter lemons.

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            1. re: Scrapironchef

              I used to love Malaca. I was so disappointed when they discontinued it. For our wedding, our party favors were martini glasses with little bottles of Malaca!

              Obviously, I like Bombay, but I do like Ten.

            2. 10 is my hands down favorite gin! I just bought a bottle of Hendricks, and while I find it really different, I still prefer the 10. The 10 I drink both straight and in my tonics. I'm not a martini drinker, so I can't comment on that use.

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              1. re: mattrapp

                Can you explain how Hendricks is differnt from T-10? On the citrus to Juniper flavored gin continum, I place T-10 as most citrus, Tanq. somewhere in the middle and Plymouth toward the Juniper. What sort of flavors did you notice in the Hendricks?

                1. re: 1 wiener hound

                  Hendricks doesn't have a heavy citrus taste. It starts with the juniper as do most gins but very lightly, then you get a slightly bitter herbal and citrus flavor, then the hints of cucumber and floral from the rose. I am tasting the dregs of a bottle here and giving my thoughts as I type. It finishes with a nice little bit of lip tingling and numbing.

                  By the way, the most citrus tasting gin I have ever had is Zuidam from Holland.

                  1. re: 1 wiener hound

                    The Hendricks is a much more subtle flavor, with the main essence being floral. If it weren't for the mention of cucumber, I don't think I would isolate that flavor. I am in the hunt to try Zuidam to compare to the 10.

                2. I was doing a taste comparison last night on several gins for research on a book I am writing. I am slowly trying every gin available and plan on trying every one that is available in the US and that I run across in my travels abroad. At first I was really underwhelmed by the T-10. I thought it was a very good gin, but not in the class of something like Zuidam which I think is excellent. (Zuidam is smoother and more complex with the juniper melded nicely with the citrus, herbs, and other botanicals. If you want a premium gin with citrus top notes then that's the one to try.)

                  T-10 is very sweet and has almost a syrupy consistency. It definately feels like it has glycerine added to boost the body. I may be wrong but I use glycerine in making some of my liqueuers and am very familiar with its characteristics. The T-10 flavors are good but the fruit and citrus overwhelm the juniper. I feel that a gin must have juniper as at least a top note if not the main one. One thing about the T-10 is that it does grow on you if you are not doing side by side taste tests with other gins. After a bit you don't notice the sweetness as much and the syupy body holds the aftertaste on your tongue quite well for an extended period of time. T-10 makes a decent martini but is even better suited to drinking straight after being shaken or on the rocks. The addition of water from shaking or on the rocks opens up the botanicals quite nicely. Mixing this gin with anything besides a good tonic seems a waste to me. But then I feel that way about any really good gin.

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                  1. re: JMF

                    Yes JMF you are the poster who told me about Steinhager. Have not had a chance to try it yet. I agree with you completely that Gin and Juniper certainly go together and as I take a sip the finishing flavor should be of juniper. Also the bouquet should have a juniper smell. The spirit is gin not vodka. I would be most interested in reading your book when it is completed and published. Maybe you can work a deal with the Alpha Dog to offer the book on Chowhound.

                    Have you tried the new Seagram's product Distiller's Reserve 102 Proof Gin? I have not tried it neat b/c I just can't do it that way but it was very good in a G+T has a good not great juniper taste. I am begining to question the acuity of my taste buds that maybe they are not as sharp as they once were.

                    1. re: 1 wiener hound

                      I have heard of Seagrams Distillers Select but haven't seen it yet.

                      Just water or ice it down a bit to cut the proof and bring out the botanicals. With any spirits it is difficult to taste the full flavor until it gets watered down to 70 or less proof. Otherwise the high alcohol numbs the tongue and the nose so you have trouble fully tasting all the flavors.

                      For each specific brand of spirits their is a point when you add just the right amount of water when it opens up dramatically and there is a leap in the flavors you can taste. Sometimes all it takes is a few drops, other times you may have to add up to 50% water for the spirit to fully open up.

                      Originally London Dry styles were 90-100 proof. American gins that are 80 proof are starting to be called "soft" gins...

                      1. re: JMF

                        Thanks for the Great info. That's why I like to see the book.

                    2. re: JMF

                      How do you feel my favorite -- Boodles -- stacks up? Just curious.

                      1. re: pilotgirl210

                        Boodles is a great, classic London dry gin and the one that got me started in drinking premium gin back when I was a kid.

                        1. re: JMF

                          As a kid? tee hee. I love it, but didn't discover it until I was in my 30s.

                          1. re: pilotgirl210

                            Well... the legal age back then was 18, but I was going to bars at 16 with no hassle. I was just 1 year ahead as the raised the drinking age to 19, then 21.

                    3. Reading the rest of this thread it just seems to me that the thing is to use the right gin for the cocktail you have in mind--

                      * Junipero if you want the juniper taste to dominate -- this is what I like in my Pegu Club cocktails; it stands up well to liqueurs, bitters, etc.
                      * Hendricks if you want the floral/cucumber notes. This is my favorite martini gin. When I ordered a Hendrick's martini at Spike Hill in NYC the bartender used a slice of cucumber as garnish.
                      * T-10 for the citrus taste... I find it makes a great martini if you're going to go for a twist as garnish. It has a subtle taste that you can lose with too many other ingredients.
                      * Plymouth for the herbal notes. I like it best for Gin and Tonics.

                      I've recently tried Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength. It's got a weird mineral-y taste to it -- I suppose that would be a reason to yammer on about the water used in the distillation. Anyone else have thoughts on this bottling?

                      JMF, I hear you about the addition of water. Where on earth can one get Zuidam? Never seen it anywhere.

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                      1. re: picklefactory

                        I got it at one of the New Hampshire state liquor stores.

                        1. re: JMF

                          LeNell's in Red Hook, Brooklyn also carries it and I think saw it at Astor in NYC.



                        2. re: picklefactory

                          Zuidam is avialable in Ft. Lauderdale. Premier Beverage in Miramar represents Zuidam for the state of Florida.

                        3. I like the real Tangueray...just the right amount of gasoliney punch. But in my maritinis I'm not afraid of a little vermouth and maybe a dash of bitters...

                          and a twist.

                          But I guess that's like a Pink Gin.

                          MMMM, gin.

                          1. this thread makes me happy.... good to see gin being discussed instead of vodka for a change. I personally drink saphire quite a bit, and i like that... tangueray is great too, but i don't have any atm..... will have to remedy that.

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                            1. re: ashwood

                              So my husband thinks I'm a bit nuts but I swear that Bombay Saphire in America tastes different than Bombay Saphire in Europe. Anyone else think the same?

                              1. re: schoenick

                                I wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a difference. THis may call for some serious research....

                            2. Has anyone tried South, from New Zealand? It's a *very* tall clear glass bottle, very dramatic-looking.

                              I saw it today at the Toronto LCBO, but picked up Hendricks instead.

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                              1. re: spigot

                                I have. One of the best I've ever had actually. The bottle I got went quite fast, hehe. The bottle was too tall to fit in my bar cabinet though. :(

                                1. re: spigot

                                  South Gin is a nice Gin, I'd put it somewhere between Bombay sapphire and Tanqueray 10. It works in a martini, but if you don't think Tanqueray 10 counts in a martini, then there is no way South gin does. Very mild, subtle taste.

                                2. I love Bombay Sapphire and dislike Tanqueray because it has such a strong juniper taste. However, I think that Tanqueray 10 tastes more like BOmbay Sapphire than regular Tanqueray and like it alot.

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                                  1. re: emilief

                                    i initially really liked the T-10. i was "determined" to start exploring and liking gin, and the T-10 was the first bottle i bought. i loved it at first. then i forrayed into other gins, particularly Hendrick's and Mageallan. came back to the T-10 and found i didn't like it anymore, it was too sweet.

                                    it even got to the point where in bars if they didn't have anything i preferred, i would order regular Tanquery over the T10.

                                    i drink it on the rocks with lime garnish (barely touched) or switch to lemon with Hendrick's.


                                  2. Am I the only one here who likes any of the French gins at all. I'd say that Junipero, Plymouth and Zuidam are my favorites, and Hendricks is terrific in a summer Jalapeno Gimlet, but I also enjoy both Citadelle and Magellan. Citadelle has lots of herbal notes and Magellan had a definite floral nose. They both make interesting very dry martinis and are also good on the rocks with a lime twist. does anyone else like them?

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                                    1. re: chazzerking

                                      Citadelle and Magellan I've had and like both. Up with a twist (no vermouth) is my favorite with these.

                                      But I definitely like Junipero and Hendrick's, though. For different reasons.

                                    2. I absolutely love the Tanqueray gins - the regular is my favorite! I've used cheap gins and Bombay Sapphire gins and nothing compares to Tanqueray. Anyone know the difference between the regular and #10 though?

                                      1. I had a great cocktail with Tanqueray & Pineapple Juice. Very summery. It's good stuff! Will buy some come summer. I LOVE gin!

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                                          1. re: JMF

                                            I'm sorry - I am not 100%.. It was this summer - but the green bottle sounds correct. You could go either, I'm sure.

                                        1. Tanq and Tonic is definately my drink of choice. I'm not a huge gin martini fan, but it makes the best gin martini as far as I'm concerned.

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                                          1. re: wildfire

                                            This came up while researching Tanq 10
                                            Its someone asking about an Role Playing game.
                                            I guess the Tanqueray is some kind of weapon
                                            "My current weapon is a Wild Totem+10, should I try upgrading the tanqueray to +10 how much physical attack I would lose switching to the tanq?"

                                          2. I drink Negronis, G n T's, and Gin Bucks primarily. I have officially had four types of Tanqueray: London Dry [original], Rangpur, Ten, and Malacca. My favorite is Ten, followed by the Original.

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                                            1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                              Thanks for replying to such a vintage thread.

                                              My wife and I still consider Ten our gin of choice, even after all this time. Glad you feel the same way. Also glad that gin is still popular in general, and that Ten is still up there..


                                              1. re: BrookBoy

                                                Glad to revive the discussion. What caused me to rank them was my recent acquisition of Tanqueray Malacca in a one liter bottle.

                                                1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                                  For me, I like the original, then Malacca, then Ten. The Rangpur is atrocious to me.