Elderflower has been referred to (sometime pejoratively) as the “ketchup of the cocktail world.*” Bottle Green Elderflower Tonic Water is squarely within that space. But let’s not dismiss elderflower out of hand. The flavor itself is magical. And I love its flavor in a G&T.
Bottle Green’s Elderflower Tonic Water is sweetened with sugar, flavored with natural favor and elderflowers.
Poured, Bottle Green Elderflower Tonic Water erupts in a quick forming head of foam. Medium-to-large bubbles adhere to the bottom of the glass, in fair number. The nose is exceptionally sweet, almost candy elderflower.
The palate is nicely colored by a pleasant fizziness, especially at the tip of the tongue. Very sweet elderflower notes mid-palate. The sweetness endures, with the finish being a mix of spectures of cloying sweet elderflower and mild quinine notes.
I tried a Gin and Tonic with Topo PIedmont Gin. It combined quite nicely with the gin. Bottle Green Elderflower Tonic Water did add a lot of sweetness; however, in this case, I really felt like it was the right complement. If you dig sweet tonic that is. I was pleasantly surprised at how the elderflower was balanced when mixed. It provided the right top note and didn’t overwhelm; Topo was still the star but it had an Elderflower note it didn’t before.
I then tried it with Canada’s Ungava Gin. Similarly, Bottle Green Elderflower Tonic Water added a slightly cloying sweetness; however, as a tonic water, I think it works. It doesn’t overpower, even though it’s flavored.
My primary critique might be that’s a touch sweeter than I normally like. I’d perhaps like a touch more bitterness on the finish, but overall Bottle Green’s approach doesn’t disappoint.