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At AER Scents, we create modern natural perfumes using the finest raw ingredients. It’s our goal to create beautiful modern scents that let the purity of our botanicals sing out, so each of our perfumes focusses around a single incredible raw ingredient.

Charles Tanqueray developed the iconic recipe for Tanqueray gin almost 200 years ago, using only four botanicals. These shared philosophies of beauty in simplicity and striving for perfection became the foundation of our cooperation.

And so our project was born. We proposed to deconstruct Charles Tanqueray’s original Tanqueray London Dry Gin formula by creating a series of four candles that each focus on one of the four botanicals in Tanqueray:

Angelica Root, Coriander Seed, Juniper Berry, and Liquorice Root.

We created the four contemporary scents using our natural perfume oils. Each of our four candles is made from natural soy wax, handpoured into heavy black glass votives, and then handmarked with the famous Tanqueray red seal.

The Candle Scents

Angelica Root

Angelica Root (Archangelica officinalis) is deep and earthy – like smelling a handful of the rich Belgian soil where it’s grown. In Tanqueray, Angelica the key to the roundness of the gin, grounding it and giving it depth of flavour. We wanted a modern candle that references the traditional useages of Angelica Root as a healing plant, so we paired Angelica with a creamy wood basenote, beautiful bright floral notes in the heartnote, and just a hint of warm citrus in the topnote.

Angelica is a centring candle that is perfect to light while focussing on a task.

Coriander Seed

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an instantly recognisable scent that gives Tanqueray its citrusy character. It can be a polarising scent; in perfuming, it has to be balanced carefully or it tends towards soapiness. We created a fragrance that gives our Russian-grown Coriander depth with a warm woody base, an exciting pepper-nuanced heartnote and an unexpectedly refreshing lemony topnote that sings out strong.

Coriander is a bright, energising candle to burn during the daytime.

Juniper Seed

You can’t make a gin without Juniper (Juniperus communis) – in fact, the name gin comes from Jenever, the Dutch word for the juniper tree. The berries give gin it’s classic astringent flavour, and in Tanqueray’s recipe impart a slight fruitiness. In the perfuming tradition, we use the entire Juniper branch in perfuming, so we’ve used a Southern European extraction of juniper berries, wood and needles in this candle. We let juniper’s green wood notes shine through in the base, but we added a surprising spicy heartnote that perfectly underpins juniper’s cheerful pine topnotes.

Juniper is a great candle to light to elevate an evening dinner.

Liquorice Root

Liquorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) gives Tanqueray it’s iconic sweetness. Liquorice root extract isn’t used in perfuming – the extract gives more flavour than scent – so we cheated a bit and used Star Anise from China to give the woody anise notes that we think of as Liquorice. The base is pure anise. But then we wanted to create something more fascinating to suggest the exciting possibilities within Tanqueray, so we rounded the base out with an unusual mix of warm Eastern spices for a deep, rich candescent that is enticing and alluring.

Liquorice is the perfect candle for a romantic evening for two.

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Gin originated in 16th-century Holland. The first gin distilleries opened in London in the 17th century, and the low price of this liquor meant that it was a popular drink among the poor, originally tarnishing the drink’s reputation. Nowadays, brands such as Tanqueray win awards for their gin production. Only three master distillers know the exact ingredients for making Tanqueray gin.


Juniper berries are the key ingredient to making gin, giving the drink its distinctive aroma. The word “juniper” derives from the Dutch “genever,” where the name “gin” comes from. These dark berries take two years to mature, and Tanqueray harvests theirs from the Tuscan mountains. Juniper berries are considered a diuretic in medicine.


Another common ingredient in gin-making, angelica has a sweet flavor and an aroma similar to aniseed and parsley, which combines well with juniper. Tanqueray uses the roots of the plant; Germany is the source for Tanqueray’s angelica. Angelica root has medicinal properties as a stimulant, and some people use it as a natural remedy for coughs, colds, rheumatism and colic.


Tanqueray gin derives its citrusy aroma from coriander seeds that come from Russia. Once picked, the seeds are left to mature till they develop a lemony smell. Tanqueray maintains that Russian coriander has the best flavor and fragrance for its product.

Tanqueray London Dry Gin and Aromatic Tonic Water

Deliciously earthy and rich with lime zest, coriander seeds and just the right pinch of juniper.

Tanqueray London Dry Gin


Back in the 1830s Charles Tanqueray was not afraid to mix up brave ideas in his own unique style. He invented a gin recipe that is still celebrated today. The perfect mix of ingenuity, heritage and hard work, Unmistakably Tanqueray. The dry has clear and poignant juniper aromas with a light spice.

Aromatic Tonic Water

Made using South American angostura bark, perfectly balanced with sweet, spicy notes of cardamom, ginger, vanilla and pimento berry.