Maker: Fentiman’s North America, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Brewer: ???, USA
Neat: Has a nice spicy, gingery nose with lime and lemon peel. Tart with a little quinine bitterness, but it’s an understated presence.
Mixed: I last tasted this tonic with some Old Tom gin and it was the perfect complement. This is an understated and complex tonic that works very well with understated, quality gins. A lemon slice is the best garnish for a G & T with Fentiman’s. I prefer a spicier tonic, frankly, but Fentiman’s really grew on me. It makes a great change of pace for me, but I can see it being a go-to for many people. This is a high quality tonic and it comes highly recommended.
Tasted: neat and w/a combo of two world-wide middle-shelf gins with a wedge of lemon
Neat: Delicate, sweet aroma, in the mouth a lot of sweetness, a touch of citrus, some quinine, fading to a bitter, but still very sweet finish.
In G & T: The sweetness comes through but is mitigated by the gin and melting ice. A nice bit of bitterness comes out in the finish, but this tonic is still one-dimensional.
Frankly, I don’t know if I could tell the difference between this and, say, Schweppes’s or Canada Dry. I have no beef with those two brands but I don’t think it’s worth paying a premium price for a boutique tonic water like Fever Tree if I can get something that tastes the same for a fraction of the price at my local grocery store. As you might have guessed by now, this tonic water is not recommended.