Review: Tanqueray Gin & Tonic (Canned)

Review: Tanqueray Gin & Tonic (Canned)

With all of the ready-to-drink cocktails that have been coming out lately, it is surprising that it took so long for the classic gin and tonic to appear (though perhaps that’s because this is literally the easiest cocktail in the world to make). Now they are starting to arrive, and today we will finally try an RTD gin and tonic made with one of the most classic of London Dry gins (although it’s made in Scotland): Tanqueray.

Cracking the can and sticking a straw right in, this is a lovely gin and tonic with everything expected in place. The juniper character that dominates Tanqueray Gin is front and center, offering a nice piney nose and palate. The juniper and angelica in the Tanqueray along with the quinine in the tonic introduce a pleasant, mature bitterness to the cocktail, and it’s never too sweet. Additionally, the level of carbonation is just about perfect right out of the can. Alas, poured over ice, the Tanqueray Gin & Tonic quickly gets too watery. Tanqueray may be an iconic bottling, but isn’t a terribly complex gin. The canned cocktail expression at least does justice to the product with which it’s made.

6% abv.

B+ / $15 per four-pack of 12 oz. cans / [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

Tanqueray Gin & Tonic




Robert Lublin teaches whisk(e)y and wine appreciation classes for Arlington Community Education, near Boston, MA. He is also a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has published books and articles on Shakespeare as well as theatre and film history.


  1. Anonymous on November 4, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    This ia by far the worse tasting gin and tonic i have ever had. If you hoping fir that wonderful tanq juniper sweetness – dream on.

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