Following a ‘tonic tasting’ on the US market, Charles Rolls – who built his reputation at Plymouth Gin – joined forces with Tim Warrillow, who had a background in luxury food marketing, to analyse the composition of mixers. They discovered that the majority were preserved with sodium benzoate or similar substances, while cheap orange aromatics such as decanal and artificial sweeteners were widespread.
And so started a 15 month journey. Days in the British Library researching quinine sources from as far back as 1620, trips to find the purest strains of this key ingredient and 5 iterations of the recipe were tasted before Charles and Tim were happy with the result and the first bottle of Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water was produced in 2005.
By blending fabulous botanical oils with spring water and the highest quality quinine from the ‘fever trees’ of the Eastern Congo, Fever-Tree have created a delicious, natural, award winning tonic with a uniquely clean and refreshing taste and aroma.
|Ingredients are Carbonated Spring Water, Cane Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Flavouring, Natural Quinine.|
What the Honest Crew say …
We think that no matter what type of Gin and Tonic you’re a fan of, this tonic will do some really good things for your drink. A favourite.
|Our Honest Verdict … Every drink of this amazing tonic continues to surprise us with its fresh floral, snappy citrus, and perfected bitterness.. We think that no matter what type of Gin and Tonic you’re a fan of, this tonic will do some really good things for your drink. A favourite of our favourites.|
What other experts say …
Juniper Diaries says … I tried it alone and with Blackwood’s gin. Here’s what I thought… On its own it was a massive surprise. It is much less sweet than Schweppes and fizzier. It is pretty lemony and has a softer quinine hit. I would go as far as saying that its flavour is so subtle that you can taste the carbonated water as a strong component of the taste. I was not really sure whether it was to my tastes.
With gin it was a slightly different prospect. It makes a very clean and dry G&T that doesn’t really need a slice of lemon or lime. With the subtle flavours of the Blackwood’s it was a little wishy-washy for my liking, but it might fare better with a more dominant gin.
I was really taken aback by how different it was to the Schweppes. It made the Schweppes taste almost cloyingly heavy and somewhat artificial. I remain unconvinced, but I have three bottles left. Continue reading review …
Gin Foundry says … Fever-Tree have transformed the way in which people see tonic and in doing so, have made a huge impact on the way people perceive gin. It’s difficult to state just how big an impact they have had on drinking habits and in shifting the focus back to the origins of tonic and the importance of provenance.
Fever-Tree goes as far as the Congo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Tanzania and Sicily to source the best ingredients for their range of premium natural mixers. Their Tonic Water uses the highest quality quinine blended with spring water and boasts a total of eight botanical flavours which include ingredients such as marigold extracts and bitter orange. No artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavourings are added to the mix at any stage of the production. It’s impressive. Continue reading review …
The Gin is In says … When pouring, Fever Tree Tonic’s bubbles absolutely erupt. They create a brief lasting head. Looking at it in the glass, you can see an immense amount of carbonation sticking to the bottom and sides of the glass. The nose is sweet orange and sweet lime, with minute bubbles dancing upwards still.
The palate is sweet with effervescent citrus at first. Fever Tree Tonic sits mildly on the palate before an assertive quinine and bitter finish. I find the quinine note in here to be a bit more rounded than others. It has delicate floral edges with no metallic notes to it.
With gin, the Fever Tree maintains its tight bubbles. They lightly amplify the aroma. Mid-palate, what tastes like a bit of a hole in Fever Tree Tonic on its own seems custom designed for the gin flavor to come through. The finish is a nice balance of gin’s notes and a gentle bitterness. I tried it with Seagram’s Gin; citrus notes with orange on the nose and juniper on the finish. In my opinion, there’s no better tonic for showcasing a gin than Fever Tree’s Indian Tonic.
Overall, it’s a well balanced tonic. Certainly detractors might comment on its sweetness; however, to me that’s part of the package. Quinine + Sugar + Effervescence = a good tonic. And fever tree hits all three marks. Even as I personally find myself moving towards less sweet tonics, I still look to Fever Tree as my gold standard in tonic water. Continue reading review …