If you want to observe, in real time, one of the most fascinating changes in the gin category and gin consumption in some time— look no further than Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin and Soda
While a couple of years ago, some markets saw the release of Tanqueray’s Flor de Sevilla Gin and Tonic (which we quite liked when we reviewed it), Tanqueray’s canned cocktail releases for the American market emphasized soda over tonic. There was one tonic offering (Tanqueray and tonic) and two soda. One featured their Rangpur Lime Gin. And their Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin and Soda features their Sevilla Orange Gin.
Tanqueray recognizes that soda has quietly risen to be the mixer of choice for gin for many people.
This canned cocktail is relatively low in sugar (4.8g / 12 oz. serving) and is bottled at 5.9% ABV.
Nose: Effervescent with lemon, and orange soda notes when first opened. The aroma is sweet and suggestive of soda.
Flavor: Crisp with medium-to-small sized bubbled concentrated on palate entry. The flavor is a bit less complex than the gin. However, this serves this canned cocktail well. Orange and lemon marmalade with a hint of juniper eases into a mostly sweet orange mid-palate. Late, bitter orange zest and slight spice.
I really like what Tanqueray has done here with the sweetness. It is very subtle and only gently sweetened. This comes through early and towards the finish.
Finish: Crisp and clean, with a stony orange flavor.
Overall, Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin and Soda
If you’re looking for an orange flavored, less sweet summer cocktail— this is it.
Gin fans might find the juniper presence a bit slight; however, given the flavor profile of Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla, this isn’t surprising.
I really like the balance of the sugar and spirit. The soda has a nice texture, especially sipped from the can (poured over ice, the bubbles aren’t tenacious enough to hold on). Overall, while I’d love more juniper as a gin fan, Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin and Soda is successful and quite good— especially as a representation of its source material.