When you think about gin, tonic springs to mind right?! Well most of us jump towards a tonic that merely adds nothing to their drink, but there are more ‘high end’ tonics out there now. These tonic waters are designed to compliment the gins they’re added too.
When I was out for World Gin Day I was lucky enough to be treated to a mini tonic water tasting at Atlas Bar. We were given a number of tonic waters designed to enhance the gins we were drinking. On World Gin Day I was trying a gin new to my collection, Langleys.
Langleys is a London Gin made with a secret list of botanicals and is very easy to drink alone or with tonics and we did just that. The tasting involved trying Langleys with each type of tonic water. We started with a standard Double Dutch Indian Tonic Water, both the normal and low sugar versions. Both complimented the gin well, allowing the citrus flavours of the Langleys to come through and not be lost by the tonic. Overall Double Dutch is a wonderful tonic water, which I will be adding to my shopping list.
Next up were the flavoured Double Dutch offerings, Cucumber and Watermelon and Pomegranate and Basil. I have to admit even though I can’t have cucumber I did try a bit of the former, but I felt it did not go with the gin well at all. Others on my table really liked it… Weirdos! I enjoyed the pomegranate and basil, I felt the basil complimented the citrus and peppery notes of Langleys quite well. I’ll have more of that too please.
We then moved back to non-flavoured tonics, with 1724 to try next, which is made from water sourced in the Andes at 1724m above sea level. I have to admit I’ve tried it before and very much enjoyed, so this combination went rather well for me. It is ‘just’ a tonic water, but it has a fresher feel compared to others.
Last but not least the wonderful Syndrome Indian Raw Tonic Water, which is made with real quinine, extracted from fever trees to give it that truly wonderful flavour. Quite a few of us seriously enjoyed the Syndrome Tonic Water and I really need to get some more for Mr W to try. If you can try it, I would seriously do so. It went well with the Langleys, but I can’t imagine a gin it not going with it was that lovely!
Are you a Gin and Tonic fan? Have you tried any of these before? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We paid for our drinks in full, although the tonic tasting was part of World Gin Day at Atlas and we did not pay for these.
P.P.S. Atlas is located at 376 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LY.