Tann’s Gin Review
Tann’s Gin is produced in Spain and marketed as a Premium Gin.
Launched in 1977, the gin used to have a pronounced juniper taste according to their website. As times and tastes have altered, the gin has changed and is now produced from 100% grain neutral spirit which combines juniper and a further nine botanicals which are triple distilled to give it a refined and modern appeal.
The botanicals used to make Tann’s are juniper berries, coriander seeds, cucumber, rose petals, cardamom, mandarin peel, orange blossom, lemon peel, liquorice root, and raspberry.
The ABV is 40% which is on the lower end of the gin market in terms of strength. Certainly the gin does not smell or taste overly alcoholic so do be careful when drinking that you sip and not gulp.
The bottle is quite chunky with a thin neck and has a rubber stopper that makes a nice squeak and a pop when pulled from the bottle. Smelling the gin treats you to a light alcohol and juniper aroma and made my partner immediately say “Christmas trees”. The bottle decoration appears to be printed straight on to the glass which is nice. They have attached a sticker with some of their awards on (this gin won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2012, as well as 3 other golds, 2 silvers and a bronze at various competitions since 2010).
So how does it taste?
I went for my usual mixer of choice, Fever Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water. In terms of aroma it reminds me a bit of Tizer (that old soft drink from years ago that was orange and tasted nice but what of?). Tasting the drink was interesting; it seems to be quite sweet and almost liqueur tasting. There is a definite citrus which to me leans heavily towards the orange blossom and also a fruitiness that could well be the raspberry. I could not detect any of the cucumber or rose that is so evident in Hendrick’s although in this gin they are distilled in with the spirit rather than being added afterwards.
Because of the sweetness I thought I would try something that may sound controversial amongst gin drinkers; I tried it with a splash of lemonade. Aroma wise it seems to bring out the rose, only very subtly but there is a definite floral quality. Here comes the very subtle taste of cucumber and a slight peppery ness that was less evident with the tonic water.
Overall this gin seems a bit too sweet and perfumed to be drunk just as a G&T and our feeling is that it should be used as a sweeter cocktail ingredient. Certainly if we were to go to a bar and find this gin on sale, we wouldn’t buy it unless it was the only one on offer or the others were less palatable.
Being a Spanish produced gin it will be harder to find in bars and supermarkets outside of Spain. Indeed here in the United Kingdom you may be hard pushed to find it served anywhere outside of the likes of Graphic Bar in Soho. Even online retailers such as Master of Malt do not currently stock it (we did find it listed on a site called univum but they seemed to suggest prices of £25 and up with delivery added).
Marks out of ten for
Taste 6/10 – Sweet and smooth, worth experimenting with mixers and also cocktails to find the right balance for this gin. Not a great gin but worth trying.
Price 1/10 – In the UK it seems to be £25 or more for a bottle to be delivered. Spanish prices seem to suggest it is around the £15 mark for a bottle which is in line with our expectation of this gin.
Availability 1/10 – Very poor in the UK but if you have a friend going to Spain you might ask them to bring you back a bottle to try.