First we reviewed Tanqueray’s entry level gin. We then reviewed their top shelf version called Tanqueray No. 10. We now are going to take a look at Tanqueray w/ Rangpur, one of the earliest craft variations from a major distiller. (Beefeater just seems to be getting into the game in 2010, but this was out in 2006)
Question 1: What is a Rangpur Lime? This is an excellent question. Firstly, it’s not a lime. It’s a hybrid of a lemon and a mandarin orange/tangerine. (picture at right). Also, it doesn’t even really taste like a lime, although it has a strong acid bite to it- which is probably about the only thing it has in common with the fruit you named on the bottle. In China they call it a Canton Lemon. I could imagine that if Tanqueray’s bottles were a distinctive yellow, perhaps they would have gone that route. But green bottles + rangpur = “let’s call it a lime.”
Question 2: If its not a lime, does this drink go well with lime in cocktails? Most definitely. The strong citrus flavor will harmoniously accompany any citrus ingredients you add to the drink.