Mixer / Flavoring - Fever Tree Ginger Ale
Fever Tree Ginger Ale
Fever Tree, Surrey, United Kingdom
Importer: Brands of Britain, San Ramon, California
Major Ingredients: Natural spring water, ginger
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: Mixer or Flavoring
PRICE: $1.00 for 6.8 oz (200 ml) bottle or $3.00 for 4 bottles
Notes: This is a real ginger ale using three different gingers from around the world to round out the flavor aspects. Boasts no artificial anything, or GMO Franken-food corn syrup or questionable preservatives.Everything in this ginger ale is natural. I had a chat with Tim Warrilow of Fever Tree at "Tales of the Cocktail" about all the products they male and it was quite illuminating. Someone who is as dedicated to mixers as some of the most dedicated distillers are to their products. A lot of thought, time and energy went into the making of these products and it shows.
Appearance: Pale yellow like the inside of a ginger root itself. Clear as a bell, no cloudyness or floaters. Nice fizz/carbonation to it. Carbonation has small bubbles and holds on to them well - not like the cheap stuff that goes flat halfway through a drink.
First Impression: Bubbles tickle the nose a bit in a pleasant way. Doesn't have the slightly cloying smell others do. Smells like ginger, citrus and soda water; and no off smells or whiffs of chemicals like its competition.
Taste: Much more in the style of a ginger beer type of ginger drink than the sticky overly fizzy syrup that passes for ginger ale in the US.Not overpowering or hot like many ginger beers ( which use capsicum aka,chili extract), but a much more complex, deep multilayered natural tasting ginger component than I have ever encountered in a commercial ginger ale. Exceptionally clean, nicely mineral taste also to the soda part also.
Drinks: Like the other Fever Tree products, it works wonderfully for any drink clean, crisp and unobtrusive, it doesn't step on the other ingredients and lets them shine through. With a leaner brighter taste, less obtrusive, no stickiness in the aftertaste.
Final Thoughts: Very clean taste, natural. Wonderful stuff! Down side, a touch pricey compared to the generic home team stuff, but if you want quality - buy it. If you are using quality spirits it's a waste to use cheap mixer - particularly in a drink that doesn't have a lot else in it (no fruit juices, liquors, etc.). You wouldn't use chlorinated tap water, so why use cloying dulling mixers? Quit whining and buy it - it's worth every dime if you want a quality cocktail.
Bottle: Generic clear glass, 200 ml size which is damn nigh perfect one drink size (no waste). Relatively plain but nicely done labels. Print is impossible for anyone over thirty to read.
Well laid out and informative pages on why this stuff tastes so good.