There are some items that are a pleasure to review. This happens to be one of them, and one of my personal favorites. I knew I loved it before I even set out to write this review. But I’m going to try and be unbiased.
As closest parallel is Q tonic, I will use Q as a comparison point. Fever Tree is also very fizzy, and the smart idea of selling it in 4 packs of single serving bottles means that your tonic will always be fizzy. It does lose points in that Q Tonic has a party-ready solution in the form of a 750mL champagne bottle; Fever Tree only sells packages of 4 200mL bottles. So it’s not good for parties, but did you really want to share this stuff anyway?
It’s noticeably sweeter than Q also. There’s hints of quinine bitterness, but it finishes sweet and smooth. I think that some may really appreciate the palette cleansing bitterness of the former. I like the slow outro of Fever Tree that allows the lingering end notes of your gin to shine through. Fever Tree also compliments nicely at first taste. The well balanced mix of Fever Tree, I think, makes any gin taste better and more refreshing. It is a middle ground between bitter and sweet.
I’m not surprised that Fever Tree has caught on and is now being served at high end cocktail bars. It is more crowd pleasing than Q Tonic, which I think is an acquired taste or a specific niche market. Fever Tree is designed to appeal to a much wider range of people, and I would not shy away from mixing a quality gin and tonic for a veteran of cocktails or a first timer. I would sleep well knowing that I made the best drink possible.
This isn’t to say Q Tonic is an inferior product. I know many people who prefer it outright over Fever Tree. (I also know some who honestly prefer Schweppes.) But when it comes down to it; whether I have a new American gin, an exotic set of botanicals or a classic London dry, I prefer Fever Tree.
Price: $7.99 for a 4 pack
Best consumed: Day and Night.
Availability: Whole Foods, Food Emporium and the like
Rating: On the eight day God made tonic water, and it was Good.