Product of: United Kingdom
Described as being “aromatic, distinct and herbaceous” (we concur – see below), Jason worked with Tanqueray’s distillers and Diageo’s Senior Archivist, Joanne McKerchar, who told us the use of lovage was inspired by an original Charles Tanqueray recipe for a lovage cordial. This new recipe contains Tanqueray’s classic four botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice with the addition of nettles, chamomile, cubeb berries, and lovage, which is used in both root and leaf forms as a dried powder.
Tanqueray Lovage is only distilled in Cameronbridge Distillery's number ten still, known as “Tiny Ten”, the same small experimental/trial-sized still used for Tanqueray No. Ten (after which it takes its name). All eight botanicals (the same number as in No. Ten) are added to the still at the same time and left to steep in wheat neutral spirit (we’re told for less than 24 hours) prior to distillation. Tanqueray Lovage is a one shot London dry gin so only has water added after distillation to reduce to bottling strength.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 25/05/2018
Herbal with celery salt and faintly earthiness along with reassuring piney juniper. Light liquorice and floral chamomile.
Juniper forward and beautifully balanced with herbal notes either side of the tongue. Well integrated flavours.
More herbal in the finish with delicate spice, long lingering liquorice and celery salt.
First and foremost, this is a classic London dry, juniper forward gin. The “Lovage” name is perhaps deceptive as it suggests this is a one-dimensional flavoured gin. It’s far from that with lovage well integrated with the other botanicals. An interesting limited edition with which to experiment.