1724 Tonic Water

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. Bright like a fruit salad in the summer, faintly melon, sweet orange candy, all the while a gradual bitterness builds. It comes to a meek crescendo, bitter and palate cleansing like quinine should be, but not overwhelming. The sweetness lingers only faintly on the finish, allowing your closing notes of the gin to take shape and unravel, though slightly colored by the dash of remaining sweetness. Overall, quite nice.

With gin, I find the bitterness to be slightly more pronounced than it was neat. But in general, I think it’s flavorful enough to evoke an opinion from the drinker, but no bold enough to overwhelm the end result. I could see this working as a great coloring for a vodka and tonic, creating a subtle flavored soda, but as far as a gin and tonic, it has bold notes at exactly the right time, and quiet notes exactly at the right time. It might do a nice job of sugar coating gins with muddled mid-notes, but overall, I found it to do an excellent job of highlighting any gin I put into it.

Unlike the Spanish gins which are sometimes far outside the ken of the average gin drinker, this Spanish tonic adds some novel notes without straying too far from the expectation. It’s a good tonic water that has been built to highlight your gin. I highly recommend this tonic water, if you’re so fortunate as to live in Europe where it is available.

Price: £9/6, 20 cL bottles
Best consumed: Mix with almost any gin, in your standard G&T ratio. Lime or other citrus is not necessary because the tonic brings with it a dash of citrus as it is. But I’d garnish with something a bit more sour for balance, lime or grapefruit.
Availability: Europe
Rating: Crisp and refreshing. Sweet and bitter in the mid notes, with an open-ended effervescent beginning and a crisp clear finish which allows gin to shine. Overall, highly recommended. 

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12 thoughts on “1724 Tonic Water”

  1. This is an Argentinian tonic, apparently. Called 1724 due to the height (1724 metres) at which quinine was found in the Andes. So you have a good chance at finding it stateside: better than we do in Blighty anyway!

  2. Just had the BEST G & T, ever at the Moevenpick (sp) hotel in Amsterdam. Not sure what gin was used but the tonic was 1724 and I am hooked! Recipe as follows: gin, fresh sprig of rosemary, 3 blk olives ,ice & 1724. I know , I know…’rosemary’….just try it! HEAVENLY.
    All this before our Viking cruise…down the Rhine…..I wanted to stay in port for more of these darling liquids!!

  3. I fell in love with this Tonic in Ibiza, a chef friend recommended the 1724 with Xoriguer Gin from Mahon. OMG this drink is like nothing you have ever had before. Absolutely awesome.

  4. Superb tonic. I really love the freshness and the citric notes (tangerine mainly). It also smells great!!!!!!

  5. ok, what I really need to know is — are there artificial sweeteners of any sort in 1724?
    No mention in reviews, and that is important to me … to avoid them! all “regular” tonics in UK are wrecked by sweeteners. Review is great on taste, but nada on contents,

  6. 1724 is one of the best tonics available. Very fresh, a world class G&T cannot go without one of those.
    And it is Chilean!

  7. The tonic is lovely had it last week in san Sebastian.just looking where to buy it for a gin tasting night

  8. Was able to get this tonic at my local wine shop here in NJ. With Gin Mare, it is superb. Not sweet, not very effervescent. Not inexpensive (4 bottles – $10) but perfect for a G&T.

  9. Not from Argentinian but Peruvian done by Catalans in Peru (Cascarilla, Cajamarca, Peru at 1724 meters altitude).