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Perfect if you hate 'flavoured' gins but want to try something new.
31 July 2018
I am a bit of a gin snob and, whilst willing to try anything (I know, I'm a real trooper!) I very much veer towards classics such as Tanqueray and steadfastly avoid anything gimmicky which the recent national obsession with gin seems to have encouraged. That's why it's taken me a while to try this Rangpur - one of a series of gins from the brand which also includes Malacca, Sevilla and Lovage - because, well, why would you tamper with gin beyond adding a dash of Fever Tree and waving it casually in the direction of a lemon? You see, I understand how adding rhubarb, cherries, chillies, chocolate etc etc to alcoholic drinks is intended to make that particular drink appeal to people who don't actually like it, but it simultaneously appalls the purists among us. In fact, had this not been on offer in duty free as I passed through on my way home from a business trip, I might never have tried this lovely gin and dismissed it instantly as a 'flavoured' variety and therefore beneath my contempt.
Luckily, I was in a daring mood and my bravery paid off as this is absolutely not a 'flavoured' gin as such but a top notch Tanqueray with a hint of Rangpur lime. Well, not even a hint - it's more subtle than that and the lime is more in the nose than on the palate where the citrus element is only just detectable. It's also a lovely sweet gin (in that uniquely bitter-sweet way that only gin manages to be) and carries a bit more of a kick at just over 41% abv.
However, it's the taste that counts, so I'll use my other half's reaction after a good slurp of Tanqueray Rangpur and tonic to sum up this product: "Oooh - that's a bit addictive isn't it?"
You have been warned!