Have you heard of this one before? Probably not. Why? Because it is so new that you can’t even buy it yet! This is the tonic water for True Gin Connoisseurs and Distillers to deliver the full taste experience of the botanicals in the Gin. Distillers Tonic has a subtle flavour profile, super-smooth, with just enough lemon and lime zing to ensure the individual flavours of the Gin shine through.
Tonic water, made with bitter quinine mixed with sugar and lemon, was used in India by the British army to ward off Malaria – often helped down with a ration of gin. Years later is it now the quintessential mixer for Gin. Peter Spanton Beverages has looked back to redefine modern tonic water.
Our second “ILoveGin club” monthly G&T box will feature two of the Peter Spanton range: Their Classic No.1 Tonic Water, and their No.9 Cardamom Tonic Water.
In their signature classic No 1. London Tonic, the strong taste of quinine is balanced with Sicilian lemon oil and the essence of bitter orange peel. It is sweetened with Sucralose which is 600 times sweeter than sugar so only a very small amount is needed to produce a perfect tonic of under 4 calories.
At Bermondsey Tonic Water they love gin almost as much as us and they understand the huge significance of a decent gin and tonic! So they have created the perfect tonic designed to preserve and compliment distinct flavours in every gin.
Handmade in Bermondsey (just ’round the corner from the Jensen’s Gin Distillery, in fact!), to a Victorian recipe, using a range of all natural ingredients including quinine extracted from the bark of the South American cinchona tree, BTW carefully craft their tonic in super small batches of around 60 litres by soaking Cinchona bark in BTW syrup.
Fentiman’s Botanically Brewed Beverages are made with all-natural ingredients without any artificial sweeteners, and specially brewed with botanicals for extra flavour.
What is botanical brewing exactly?
I’m glad you asked, it’s a rare talent! Botanical brewing is a combination of infusions, blending and fermentation of natural ingredients. Thomas Fentiman’s original botanical brewing method takes seven whole days – there’s no rushing in botanical brewing as this time-honoured technique requires concentration and focus in order to guarantee a superior beverage.
First of all the chosen botanicals are crushed and placed into copper steam jacket pans to extract the finest elements of flavour. The botanical extract is then filtered into a wooden vat where it is left overnight. This will help the live yeast to develop. The yeast is then removed the next morning and the live liquid is left to ferment in the wooden vat a while longer.
This is how Fentiman’s beverages has been brewed since 1905. It is this process that produces the depth of flavour, the sensation and rich texture which are the hallmark of Fentiman’s drinks today.