Orange gin brings memories of Mediterranean holidays –
Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla Gin was released in early 2018, its inspiration founded on a recipe created 140 years ago when Charles Tanqueray, a clergyman’s son, visited the orange groves of Spain. He went on to produce a gin recipe based around the fabulous taste of Seville oranges.
Indeed, this zesty gin invokes the sun-soaked romance of the Spanish countryside, its 41.3% ABV making it strong enough to be paired with a good Mediterranean tonic and – not unnaturally – a wedge of orange. Although I equally enjoyed this clear, light and ‘sunny’ gin with a Fever Tree Indian Tonic and a chunk of grapefruit, Tanqueray recommends serving with any premium tonic and a ‘squeezed wedge of orange.’
Not surprisingly, the aroma and taste is of bittersweet orange and orange blossom; while the scent of grapefruit is noticeable, along with underlying and subtle juniper accents typical of the London Dry gin it is based on. The coriander notes provide an additional spicy edge.
Distilled four times, Flor de Sevilla comes in the iconic Tanqueray bottle that was originally inspired by a three-part cocktail shaker. All I can say is that although the marmalade infusion is not as redolent as the Aber Falls we reviewed in November, this spicy gin makes me think of holidaying in southern Spain or the Balearic Islands, sipping cocktails on hotel terraces…
In fact, this gin makes me smile, even back in dull and wet Blighty where, I forgot to add, it can be enjoyed neat from a hipflask to warm you against the coldest of winter days watching rugby, like our friend John Ward Turner does – and who first alerted us to Flor De Sevilla’s launch. Cheers!