Tanqueray's Bloomsbury Arrives
I think we sold enough of Tanqueray's limited edition Malacca gin to supply a small army, but last year's special Old Tom release didn't seem to go over as well. I'm happy to report, however, that Tanqueray has returned to form with this year's Bloomsbury release: an homage to Charles Waugh Tanqueray, the son of founder Charles Tanqueray, and his recipe for gin dating back to the 1880s, when the distillery was located in Bloomsbury, London. Using a heavy juniper berry formula, along with coriander, angelica, winter savoury and cassia bark, the result is a delicately fragrant spirit with a lovely balance of flavor. The juniper is front and center giving the Bloomsbury a classic London Dry profile, but it's soft and graceful on the palate, elegant enough to stand on its own, but begging for a splash of vermouth and a dash of bitters. Presented in a liter bottle with a gorgeous throwback label, it should be the highlight of your home bar this season. The kicker is the 47.3% ABV, boosted just enough to mix like a dream into your favorite cocktail.