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1724 Tonic Water

1724 tonic

I loved Tonic Water. Almost as much as I love gin. Only almost.

And for a man who loves tonic water, one of the saddest parties that I feel like I’m missing out on is the Tonic explosion of Europe, Spain in particular. A beverage which here in the states most are willing to accept as a plastic bottles, saccharine sweet and pretty much absent of any bitterness, is seeing a vast expansion overseas of artisan care, attention to ingredients and importantly, how the end result mixes with vodka, other spirits, but most importantly gin. Of course when the fine folks who distribute 1724 offered to send me a sample, I graciously accepted. And have since been at work diligently putting it to work¬†with my vast stocks of gin. So how is 1724 tonic? Can it live up to the hype?

Tasting Notes

Starts very clean, crisp and refreshing almost nothing: a touch of effervescence. Nice character because this is exactly where your gin shines brightest. It really allows a gin to come through strongly on the first taste, and the tonic comes in second, mellowing and offsetting: the sweetness builds in the middle.

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Thomas Henry Tonic Bitters

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Thomas Henry Tonic Bitters by The Bitter Truth

 

You might be forgiven for wondering what on earth a bitters review is doing here on TheGinIsIn.

Those of you who don’t know me in the real world, will be forgiven for not knowing that I have a big soft spot for bitters. Over 20 varietals fill the gaps on my bar shelf between every bottle of gin. But while bitters have many uses in gin drinks, only one bitters is actually specifically built for gin.

These bitters are designed to go right into your Gin and Tonic.

And of course, you can bet we’ve put them to the test.

What do they taste like? On their own? There’s a lot of citrus, actually grapefruit that comes off of these guys when you sip them off the spoon. Like, Ruby Red, fresh grapefruit. Orange rind, and white pepper notes on the finish as well. It’s a bitters, so it’s hard to say its really potable on it’s own, but you can see where it’s going. Mostly citrus, a touch of bitterness and hints of spice.

Grapefruit is an interesting flavor to choose for a gin paired bitters.

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