Tanqueray Rangpur

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Question 1: What is a Rangpur Lime?
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.

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Question 2: and what about the gin overall?
I’m glad you asked. There’s a juniper kick towards the end, but that aside this drink has more herbal and citrus profile. If you didn’t see the green bottle or the word lime, you might be unsure of the citrus in here. It hits you strong and fast, a cacophony of lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. It then follows up with the herbal elements. There seems to be a strong flavor of bay leaf, but also subtler hints of anise and coriander.

Cocktails

Question 3: 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. I think that Tanqueray w/ Rangpur’s strongest drinks are the Gimlet and the Tom Collins.

Overall

For all the bluster over this being a citrus gin, I think that Tanqueray No. 10 does a better job with its balanced and patient citrus approach. Its all in for this liquor. Some drinkers will likely be overwhelmed by the flavor; classic gin drinkers might wonder where their precious Tanqueray has gone. Alike Tanqueray 10, this is a take on gin which is influenced by the original, but bears only faint resemblance in the end.

This is a specialty gin and should be treated as such in your cabinet. It works in citrusy drinks and works well in martinis, but becomes muddied and confused in any other drinks. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good lime or citrusy gin drink, but would caution those looking for a more traditional juniper based gin.

21 thoughts on “Tanqueray Rangpur”

  1. Amazing aroma. Super smooth with a beautiful refreshing citrus flavour . so smooth it could a liquor. just pour over ice and enjoy

  2. bought this at duty free in malaga for a kindly 14 euros
    and couldn’t wait to try it out
    enjoyed it immensely and its smooth citrus taste makes it a real bargan.

  3. It is not gin.

    “cacophony of lemon” is the best way to describe this thing.

    If you like gin, don’t drink that. It is worst than Malfy con limone.

  4. As a citrus lover I grabbed this bottle the same evening as I read your brilliant review, Aaron. This gin tastes so good, exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.

    Still considering my next bottle to be either Bluecoat or Tanqueray Malacca (if Im lucky enough to find one). What would you recommend?

    P.S. Big ups for running this “one of a kind” blog, Aaron.

  5. If you can find Malacca, I’d suggest picking it up as it’s limited edition- and stocks are probably getting somewhat low across the country. But as a lover of citrus gin, I highly suggest Bluecoat- I think you’ll quite like it.

    Thanks! Cheers!

  6. Thank you for your brilliant reviews! They have been indispensable when I’m standing in the gin aisle at Bevmo or Total Wine! This gin made a very interesting negroni and Martinez, I thought. Definitely a candied citrus dominance, but nice with sweet vermouth.

  7. For Josephine Kornfielf: If you don’t mind a quick ride to Island Park, go to Pop’s. They have the Rangpur. Hard to find everywhere else.

  8. This is a satisfying gin, especially in warm weather.

    Part of its secret seems to be a subtle and clever use of ginger.

  9. Allergic to citrus. Didn’t notice what I purchased. Wonder the% in the bottle. Love the flavor.

  10. This was excellent added to a lavender lemonade for a weekend pool party/BBQ. Others used ginger ale, and of course it makes a good Collins. I’m hooked, don’t care what they call the taste, it’s good.

  11. Normally love tanquera but I found this a lot of nothing with my tonic. Perhaps my sense of taste has gone!

  12. Before I really starting researching and experimenting with gin, I had an opportunity to taste this gin and I remember that it really made a positive impression on me. Now that I’ve experimented and tasted so many different gins (thanks in no small part to this site), I bought it again, and it’s very distasteful to me. It just tastes like a sweet mess to me. I still have 3/4 of a bottle, and find a way to mix a little of it with other gins. But it’s hard to drink now.

  13. I’m a tonic lover and treated myself to some Fever Tree to pair with this marvelous herbal medley. I love Tanqueray in all its manifestations and purchased the Rangpur to celebrate something. After the first burst of exquisite citrus, the Angelica root came down on me like a hammer, but, not in a bad way. I’m a fan of Chinese medicinal herbal remedies. In Chinese medicine, Angelica root is called Danggui, which appears frequently in herbal concoctions for women. I recognized it immediately. To me, this gin reminds me that gin was originally created by the Dutch to be an herbal tonic with healing properties. Loving it this balmy night by a Texas lake while watching the sunset fade from pink to lavender. Feeling healed already.

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