Fever Tree

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 the essential oils from the flowers, fruits and herbs that we have gathered from around the Mediterranean shores with the highest quality quinine from the ‘fever trees’ of the eastern Congo, we have created a unique, delicate, floral tonic. Created to accompany the finest vodkas or to enjoy as a sophisticated soft drink.

You can buy Fever Tree Tonic at most supermarkets or at The Whisky ExchangeDrinkSupermarket.com or on Amazon.

34 Kcal
100ml
Ingredients are Carbonated Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Flavouring, Quinine, Herbal Infusions (Juniper Berry, Kaffir Lime Leaves), Fermented Botanical Extracts: (Juniper Berry, Kaffir Lim Leaves, Lemongrass, Orris Root)

 

What the Honest Crew say …

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2.8

Honest Verdict

Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic is a well balanced, well-made tonic that scales back the bitterness and emphasizes the herbs used. 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.

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Our Honest Verdict … Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic is a well balanced, well-made tonic that scales back the bitterness and emphasizes the herbs used. 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. Very highly recommended, however, their Indian Tonic is still our favourite.

 

What other experts say …

Juniper Diaries  says … Mixing up a gin & tonic with Fever-Tree Mediterranean and Hendrick’s gin, I added ice, but no lime – in this case, I just wanted to appreciate the combination of rose and geranium in my favoured drink.

The aroma liberated by the effervescence of tonic water drove off a slightly predictable combination of rose and geranium that was underpinned with quite subtle juniper. The geranium of the tonic was the dominant floral, but the rose was definitely there.

Drinking the floral concoction yielded much of the same; the attack was fresh and complex, but is immediately overtaken by an intense floral body and and lingering floral but astringent finish. Incredibly heady.  Continue reading review …

The Telegraph  says … Fever-Tree’s Mediterranean, lemon thyme and rosemary notes stood up well to Tanqueray No. TEN’s gutsy 47.3 per cent ABV hit, while Fentiman’s scored highly with the Psychopomp gin, its hints of herbs and lemongrass bouncing along nicely with the gin’s grapefruity zest. Sainsbury’s own label tonic was deemed too sweet when taken alone, but sat surprisingly well with Chase’s Extra Dry gin (do the math). But the tonic that hit top marks in each round was Schweppes.  Continue reading review …

Gin Foundry  says … A great tonic water to accentuate the more herbal botanicals in gins such as Gin Mare as well as counterbalance any gin that has big cardamom or even orange notes. For those of you like us here at Gin Foundry HQ who like tonic on it’s own as well as with gin, this is a fantastic soft drink option it its own right.  Continue reading review …

The Gin is In  says … We tried Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic with Myers Farm Gin. The herbal notes nicely enhance and round out some of the floral notes of the gin. But I found the bitterness and tonic like bit to be somewhat subdued. Perhaps a bit too much for some, although the flavor and actual taste is not something I can say bad things about. It’s quite good. It really adds something to the gin. Perhaps a gin like Gin Mare which already has these flavors might not benefit as much from the well balanced herbal compliment; however, I can say that gin is the exception. Very few gins so boldly flavor with rosemary and thyme, which is a shame since as this tonic water shows, the flavors go well together, therefore, in most cases this tonic water works well.  Continue reading review …

 

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