Product of: United Kingdom
The folks at Fever Tree originally named this 'Lemon Tonic' as bitter lemon is basically quinine flavoured tonic water with the addition of lemon juice and rind, so the name 'Lemon Tonic' was indeed fitting.
The Fever-Tree brand of carbonated soft drinks came about after a tasting of tonic waters on the US market in 2000 attended by Charles Rolls, who at the time was running Plymouth Gin so was well accustomed to how different tonic waters affected the taste of his gin. He joined forces with Tim Warrillow, who had a background in luxury food marketing. The pair set about analysing mixers and discovered the majority were preserved with sodium benzoate, used cheap lemon aromatics (like decanal) and artificial sweeteners (such as saccharin). So, in 2004, they started making Fever-Tree mixers using all natural ingredients and launched their Indian Tonic Water early in 2005. The brand name was chosen due to 'Fever Tree' being the colloquial name for the Cinchona Tree - the bark of which provides quinine.
Like their other mixers, Fever-Tree proudly boast that their Bitter Lemon does not contain saccharine, sodium benzoate or other 'E' numbers. Fever-Tree uses lemon juice and oils from Sicily, quinine from the Rwanda / Congo borders, natural cane sugar and spring water.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 13/07/2014
(sample best before end Aug/15) Slightly milky in appearance with faint green tinge.
Zesty citrus with faint soapy aroma.
Light quinine bitterness with subtle citrus. Very clean and fresh.
Citrus freshness and acidity with mild quinine bitterness.