Martini Quotes

"I'm not talking a cup of cheap gin splashed over an ice cube.

I'm talking satin, fire and ice; Fred Astaire in a glass; surgical cleanliness, insight.. comfort; redemption and absolution. I'm talking MARTINI.

Anonymous

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Martini Misgivings Misplaced?

Tangueray Revisited

 
 We have all been there before at one time or another in our lives.  We arrive at a situation with certain expectations or with preconceived notions only to have some new obstacle put into our path.  As it happened, I walked into a restaurant for a typical family dinner.  Generally speaking, most restaurants will carry Bombay, Bombay Sapphire, Hendricks, etc. I usually order a martini prior to dinner and can always expect a reasonably poured Martini.  It does irk me a bit when the waitress brings the shaker with the Martini still lurking in there being diluted by ice and time.  Further frustration ensues when she pours only half out into the glass and continues to leave the rest of my favorite beverage drowning.  But, I refuse to let these minor annoyances ruin a good time.  As this particular restaurant has a reputation of having a good 'tini bar, I thought I would take a peak at the gin selection.  Much to my chagrin, I only espied Tangueray sitting on the shelf.  I thought surely I am missing something.  I went back to the table and when the waitress came to take the order, I inquired as to the gin available.  The standard collection previously mentioned was then recited.  So, I promptly ordered up a Hendricks Martini.   Unfortunately, my waitress returned with the bad news.  She had been misinformed(much like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca who came to the desert for "the waters").  A shipment had not arrived today and alas, only Tangueray was available.  I proceeded with more than a little apprehension, with the premise that any Martini is better than no Martini at all.


     Now perhaps I have gotten away from my roots.  As a younger man, Tangueray was THE gin.  Walking into any bar, all that is required to find the gin section is to scan for the distinctive green bottle.  Having delved deeper into the craft gin market, I suppose I was becoming a bit slanted against the old reliables.  But, Tangueray is a venerable gin with a long history.  It was initially distilled in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray in London.  When Charles died in 1868, his son Charles Waugh Tanqueray took over operations at the distillery, which continued to operate until it was severely damaged during World War II. The only still that survived the bombing is referred to as "Old Tom", and is still (pardon the pun) in use today producing a fine collection of spirits.  

     Tangueray is a London dry gin and lists Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, and Licorice as the chosen botanicals.  The juniper and citrus taste stand out here, being a bit heavy towards the acidic side.  For this reason, it mixes well in cocktails including a sweetener.  Poured neat, I can't say that it stands up well to some of the newer, balanced gins.  So as far as a Martini goes, I would shy away from this one given the multitude of options out there today.  That being said, it was refreshing to try something a little different from what I am accustomed to drinking as of late.  After all, Tangueray has been in the business of making gin for over one hundred years.

     My initial misgivings may have been somewhat justified, but it is a good thing on occasion to go tabula rasa once in a while to see where one stands.  Life is both experiential and perceptual.  No two people are identical, nor would their experiences of a singular event be identical, which makes for an existence with endless possibilities. 




 Now that is something to ponder over your next Martini!
     

     
     






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