In the 1860’s, it is said that Charles Tanqueray, creator of Tanqueray Gin, visited Spain and was so inspired by the throngs of Seville Orange trees that he created a gin recipe. Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla is inspired by that recipe.
Orange in color, Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla’s 2018 orange flavored gin release was right on trend. Sitting next to other brightly colored, flavored gins from established brands— it wouldn’t seem out of place.
The gin itself though is conservative in its approach. It begins as Tanqueray’s London Dry Gin and its scant four botanicals, then adds bitter orange essence and other natural flavors/colors.
Color: Light tangerine in the bottle, but poured it has a transparent peach hue to it.
Aroma: Orange with facets of white grapefruit pith dominates; however, some signature Tanqueray botanicals are present beneath it. Hints of licorice, angelica and juniper.
Flavor: Moderate to full body with vibrant bitter orange peel early (think Marmalade, but a touch less sweet). Becomes more dry as it sits on palate. Pine-note juniper and earthy licorice root lend some classic gin color towards the end.
Finish: Drier than expected. A long orange note on the finish reminds me distinctly of sipping Cointreau.
Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla is available in some markets as a gin and tonic RTD. The gin and tonic is one of the best flavor pairings for the sweet, citrus forward gin. Mixed drinks are where this spirit works best. Gin and soda is nice because it allows the spirit’s sweetness to carry the day.
Gin and bitter lemon might be almost too sweet, and the lemon, while a nice complement, doesn’t allow the gin’s surprisingly delicate citrus flavor profile to shine.
While you could mix up a Martini or Negroni with it, I feel like it isn’t Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla’s best showing. It is a bold mixing gin that is designed to be center stage with not much fussiness to it.
Overall, Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla
Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla accomplishes exactly what it set out to do: celebrate the flavor of Seville Orange while retaining enough of the signature notes of Tanqueray London Dry Gin to be recognizable not just as a gin— but as a member of the Tanqueray family of gins.
It is a specialty gin with limited applications behind the bar; however, for those in search of a bright crowd pleading summer gin-and-tonic-mixing-gin. Or for those looking for an alternative to citrus-flavored vodka, Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla is a nice flavored gin, true to the flavor it sets out to create.