Monday, May 30, 2011

(Review) Fever Tree Tonic Water

Mystique: 1-10 points
Score: 7
its actually called fever tree

Color: 1-10 points
Score: 9
perfectly clear and bubbly

Scent: 1-10 Points
Score: 9
Excellent Quinine and Botanical Citrus

Initial Impression: 1-10 points
Score: 9
This doesn’t seem like ordinary tonic water

Mouthfeel: 1-10 points
Score: 10
bubbly, coating and crafted

Taste: 1-10 x 4 points
Score: 40
this is the best tonic water I have ever tasted. Botanical citrus, fresh quinine without chemical aftertaste

Raw total score: 84 points

Bonus Points: Value 1-10
Score: 8
About $5.00 4pk 8oz bottles, but its worth every penny.

Total Score: 92 points

It’s summer and I loves me some Gin and Tonic. It’s the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Not too sweet and not too dry, perfect! Generally, that means your favorite gin with the usual mixer and the flavor you’re expecting. This year, is going to be different, we’re going to have some craft mixers. Finally, someone thought there was a market for them. My beer drinking friends get to drink all manner of weird and delicious local and regional brews, hand crafted and built with love. Stuff that I can’t always try without paying for my curiousity dearly in a few hours. I like beer, but beer doesn’t like me, no, what I get to do is I get to match my awesome booze with either scratch made mixers of my own concoction or mass produced things of which I have no idea what they’re supposed to taste like. Not any more. While fighting off hipsters and granola munchin, tree hugger types at the new local organic food store, I spied on the shelf an unassuming 4 pack of Fever Tree tonic. Holy Shit that stuff is expensive! I decide to treat myself, so I dodged a smug, but cute face and a tattoo sleeve and grabbed a 4 pack. I’ve heard there’s a new crop of craft made mixers floating around. An extension of the craft soda and beer market. I had been looking to try some, and now I have my chance. I think I’ll even pick up some organic limes to go with it. I made my first G&T today as we went right into summer, temps in the high 90’s and I need something to cool off. I pop the bottle and immediately it smells different, there’s botanical citrus and something that smells like the quinine I’m used to, but better. It’s very fizzy, and I can’t get over the smell, it’s different. I try it straight. WOW! It’s perfectly balanced with a flavor profile I have honestly never tasted before. It tastes familiar, but totally different than the tonic I’m used to. It has a wallop of flavor. Citrus, quinine, and some other root I cant put my finger on. I’m in uncharted territory. This flavor is totally new to me. Just thinking about saying that is making me wonder how many other things I eat and drink that taste similar, but are not really what their supposed to be. What have they done. This stuff mixes so perfectly with gin I think I’m ruined forever. Just to make sure, I make another one when I’m finished with my old stand by, Seagram's tonic. Yea, Its totally different. There’s an aftertaste, not a clean finish. There’s a chemical taste. This is not the same at all. It’s just not as good. It’s not as clean and refreshing. Go buy some Fever Tree. Just try it. I guarantee it will be like nothing you’ve had. If you like gin and tonics as much as I do, you merely have to ask yourself if the price is worth it. Is it worth mating to my expensive gin. I think it is, and I fear I’m ruined or enlightened forever.

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