Posted on 04/03/2012 by Mistercocktail

Time to test another mix of a fine gin and a good tonic water. Today I found my fridge was blessed with a nice bottle of Fever Tree Tonic and I decided to go for Tanqueray to mix with. I have a whole line-up of great gins just waiting to be tested in my weekly Sunday G&T-review, but I need to focus and just have this mix for today.

The gin I’m using today has a name that conveniently starts with a T, so their G&T can be called a T&T. Anyways, the brand was founded in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray and it is a real London Dry Gin-style gin. This doesn’t mean the gin comes from London, but it refers to the style of gin-producing: pure grainalcohol is re-distilled after which in a second distillation all the botanicals are introduced to the spirit at once. The main flavours are juniper and citrus, which comes mostly from coriander. It is a very full-bodied gin that at first has some forrest-notes notes, which come from angelica-root. After that, the flavour stays in your mouth for quite some time with a slightly bitter, yet sweet and citrussy finish. The sweetness comes from liquorice, the 4th botanical in Tanqueray. Not overly complex but quite nice indeed.

The tonic that I’ll be using today is Fever Tree, which is quite a young brand that was launched in 2005. It has a somewhat bitter taste at first that is accompanied by a pleasant sweetness. The bitterness comes from real quinine, the original ingredient of tonic water when it was invented in the 1800s in India. The name “Fever Tree” also refers to the tree where the quinine is sourced from. In the aftertaste the bitterness works perfectly and it doesn’t leave a dry taste in your mouth.

As you can read, I have two very good products here, but how do they work together? From the looks of it, the two carry different flavours, so they could very well compliment each other perfectly. But they could also work against each other.

My first taste makes clear to me that it’s going to be the first one: The angelica-notes come in from the gin, balancing the bitterness of the quinine very well. The natural sweetness of the tonic goes great with the citrus-notes that are quite dominant in the Tanqueray and together with the pleasantly sweet taste of liquorice it creates a very nice aftertaste. I decided to add one part of fresh lime to it and for me that brings in the real freshness that a G&T finishes off.

Rating 8.5/10


Mix 50 ml of Tanqueray Tonic in a longdrink filled with icecubes. Squeeze one part of fresh lime over the drink, you can leave the part in the drink as well. Now top off with the Fever Tree Tonic and give a gentle stir.