Bombay Sapphire vs Tanqueray & Other Gin Comparisons

Bombay Sapphire vs Tanqueray

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  • Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray are both London dry gins.
  • In 2020, Bombay Sapphire was the third best-selling gin in the world while Tanqueray was the fourth.
  • In the US, Bombay Sapphire is bottled at 94 proof (47% alcohol by volume), while Tanqueray and Tanqueray No. 10 are both 94.6 proof (47.3% alcohol by volume).
  • In the UK, Europe, Canada, and Australia, Bombay Sapphire is an 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume) gin. Tanqueray remains 94.6 proof (47.3% alcohol by volume) across all markets.
  • Bombay Sapphire is made using 10 botanicals (almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise), while Tanqueray is made using only 4 (juniper berrries, coriander, angelica and liquorice).
  • Notice from the botanicals list above that all the botanicals used to make Tanqueray are also used to make Bombay Sapphire. It is safe to say, therefore, that Tanqueray is a simpler gin than Bombay Sapphire.
  • On the palate, Tanqueray has a light citrusy flavor while Bombay Sapphire has a deeper, almost bitter, flavor to it. I personally prefer Tanqueray to Bombay Sapphire (which is a gin I rarely ever drink).
  • Bombay Sapphire is owned by Bacardi, while Tanqueray is made by Diageo.
  • Bombay Sapphire is distilled in England, while Tanqueray is currently made in Scotland.
  • Bombay Sapphire is distilled at the Laverstoke Mill Distillery in Hampshire, England, while Tanqueray is distilled at Cameron Bridge Distillery in Fife, Scotland.
  • Bombay Sapphire comes in a striking blue bottle while Tanqueray comes in a dark green bottle.
  • Both the makers of Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray recommend that a gin and tonic made using their gin be garnished with a wedge of lime.
  • You can expect to pay US$16.31-US$47.29 for a bottle of Bombay Sapphire depending on the size of bottle and where you buy it from (check specific prices here), while you can expect to pay between US$16.31-US$49.99 for a bottle of Tanqueray London Dry Gin (see more specific pricing here). Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray essentially cost the same.
  • Some other variants of Bombay Sapphire include Star of Bombay Gin and Bombay Dry Gin, while variants of Tanqueray include Tanqueray 10 Gin (which is very good by the way), Tanqueray Rangpur Gin, and Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla.
See also  Grant’s Gin

What do you think of Bombay Sapphire vs Tanquery, please let me know by leaving a comment below.

Gordon’s vs Tanqueray

Gordon’s and Tanqueray are both produced by the same company, Diageo.

These gins are also both London Dry Gins.

Unlike Gordon’s, the recipe for Tanqueray includes only 4 botanicals, delivering a gin that is juniper-heavy, fresh on the nose, and dry on the palate with juniper and citrus.

The highest alcohol by volume option among the gins mentioned in this post, Tanqueray is said to make an excellent gin and tonic.

Personally, I can’t recall ever having drunk Tanqueray–it’s not commonly available where I live–but I will try to get my hands on some soon and share my thoughts.

What are your thoughts on Gordon’s vs Tanqueray?

READ ALSO: What Is Bacardi Gold Rum? & More on Rum

Gordon’s Gin vs Bombay Sapphire

Personally, I have not had good experiences with Bombay Sapphire. I find it bitter, bitter, bitter.

Bombay Sapphire is the one gin that I generally don’t drink.

In my experience, it’s barely palatable. Needless to say, I much prefer Gordon’s over Bombay Sapphire. How about you?

READ ALSO: Beefeater Gin

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