Desmond Begg once ballyhooed Tanqueray’s vodka as “a very superior vodka, packaged in a frosted bottle that exudes British understated elegance. Crystal-clear and absolutely clean on the nose without any hint of impurities. Slightly sweet and mellow and soft on the palate with outstanding smoothness coming from its third distillation.”
We wonder if Begg was a bit soused when he wrote that, or perhaps unfamiliar with really superb vodka.
Don’t get us wrong—Tanqueray Sterling Vodka (80 proof) is perfectly adequate. It costs between $18 and $25 for a fifth usually, and it shows a slightly sweet profile and a faint mocha note. Compared with many other top vodkas, it is a demure spirit—the 100% grain neutral spirits within it perhaps accounting for the light flavor. It is good for making vodka tonics and other cocktails that do not aim to show off a vodka’s intrinsic characteristics. (Rating ***)
Tanqueray Sterling Vodka is imported into the U.S.A. by Diageo of Norwalk, Connecticut. If you want to order a bottle online, our retailer tends to stock it.