If you’ve been living (and drinking perhaps) under a rock the past five years, let me catch you up.
It’s big in cocktails. It’s big outside of the cocktail world, and its especially big within and in gin. Need I remind you of Knockeen Hills Elderflower Gin (), Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin (), or Gordon’s Elderflower Gin ()?
If that’s not enough for you (or you want to have Elderflower cocktails without buying a custom made Elderflower Gin), Fever Tree Tonic Water has released a bubbly with the Elderflower already in it.
Perfectly floral on the nose, sweet, almost chewy, candy like elderflower. Very sweet actually. Nice and inviting, and perhaps exactly what you’re looking for.
The fizz is tight and rather concise, the bubbles are small and contained. There seems to be good deal of them popping on the palate. A slight orange peel lift compliments the elderflower on the palate. The finish has a clean quinine enhanced bitterness. It seems like it may be cloying until the bitterness kicks in. Lovely and effervescent, I quite enjoy it even on its own as an Elderflower tonic soda.
I tried a little bit with Bluewater’s 100 Proof Organic Vodka. Still floral on the nose, with a creamy, graininess as well. The palate is brightened with the elderflower notes. The clean bite of the quinine is welcome and the overall profile of the base spirit lingers with you well after the flavors subside. Quite nice, and although I’m not a vodka drinker I’d have to admit, the two compliment each other quite nicely here. Recommended.
First, we tried it with a classic gin. And you can’t get much more classic than Gordon’s (). Bright juniper at the fore, Elderflower carries the back side, but it melds very nicely with the back notes of Gordon’s as well. The bitterness is in lockstep with the finish of Gordon’s. Well balanced and uplifting, this is one delicious cocktail. I’d recommend this to anyone, even if you’d normally not enjoy a strong juniper forward gin. This tastes delightfully floral without ever being too much. Recommended.
Next, for a twist on things, we paired it with Chase’s Orange Flavored Gin– a citrus forward contemporary gin. Seville Orange peel dominates the nose, with hints of Elderflower in the wings. But it’s the bitter orange flavor which comes on early, somewhat overpowering the tonic’s flavors. The gin starts bright and ends up bitter in the middle, and just as the tonic’s bitterness comes on, the whole drink just tastes… bitter. This might have its fans, but I might not make this my first choice.
Finally, we looked for an herbal contemporary styled gin to pair up. Austin Reserve Gin (), a recent review, with a decidedly rosemary-frontal profile was an ideal partner. Savory and spice-cupboard-like on the nose; intimations of sage, rosemary and thyme dance on the nose. The tonic seems quietly settled just behind it. The palate though is noticeably lifted by a bright song of rosemary, orange and elderflower. It’s not too loud though, and the bitterness quietly parallels a long rosemary led finish.
Price: 8 bottles 16.9 oz for $24
Sweetened with: cane sugar
Availability: both sides of the Atlantic; stateside and in Europe. In the US, you likely have to special order it from Amazon
Rating: Really quite nice, and it blends with gin quite well. I liked it best with the really classic gins; however, it has potential with other gins as well. The Elderflower is present, but not as domineering as it could be. Well restrained, but loud enough to be heard. This tonic has mass appeal, and nearly anyone who likes the flavor of Elderflower will likely be a fan of this tonic. We certainly are, chalk it up to another win for Fever Tree.