Tonic Update: Thomas Henry’s Elderflower Tonic Water

A little while ago we tried and reviewed Thomas Henry Mixers and it would be an understatement to say we were impressed. Of the varieties we tried the Tonic Water was, in my opinion the best and beyond that of the 60+ tonic waters I have tried it is one of the, if not the, best.

So imagine how excited I was when I found that they had released an Elderflower Flavour Tonic Water.

From The Thomas Henry Website

“Known for centuries for its healing powers, the blossoms, also known as of the lilac or elder, are shrubs that are currently on everyone’s lips – whether as a syrup, liqueur, in cocktails or in champagne.

First in a limited edition only, the Elderflower Tonic will be included into the regular Thomas Henry beverages range depending on the corresponding positive feedback.”

Own
nose: fresh, juicy elderberry and dry elderflower
taste: initially jammy flavour-like elderberry then an intense clean bitter hit from the quinine followed by a dry floral elderflower finish. Well made and tasty balanced and not cloying very much an adult drink.

With Plymouth Gin
Really nice, still obviously a gin and tonic but with a sweet fruity note from the tonic. Juniper and coriander and other botanicals from Plymouth comes through well and there is plenty of breathing space for the gin. Reminds me of Lebensstern Dry and tonic (the jammy notes).

With Knockeen Hills Elderflower
This is lovely, so so smooth, fresh, light and flavourful.Some strong elderflower and citrus to start and then the finer flavours of the gin. Simply superb!

With Vodka
Quite nice, the quinine seems a little curbed here and there is some fresh sweet floral notes. Despite the added flavour and sweetness the drink is still quite clean.

This is one of the best flavoured tonics around.

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