Following a 'tonic tasting' on the US market, Charles Rolls - who built his reputation running Plymouth Gin - joined forces with Tim Warrillow, who had a background in luxury food marketing, to analyse the composition of mixers. They discovered that the majority were preserved with sodium benzoate or similar substances, while cheap orange aromatics, such as decanal, and artificial sweeteners, like saccharin, were widespread.
And so started a 15-month journey. Days in the British Library researching quinine sources from as far back as 1620, trips to find the purest strains of this key ingredient and five iterations of the recipe were tasted before Charles and Tim were happy with the result and the first bottle of Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water was produced in 2005.
Their tonic is a stand-out drink that is also perfect to enjoy on its own; the quality of the ingredients in these mixers are truly second to none.