Denomination Gives Adult Soda Brand Somersault Extra ‘Pop’

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New Instagram-worthy drinks brand Somersault launches in a bid to tap into the burgeoning adult soft-drinks market, with a stand-out identity by drinks design specialist Denomination.

The adult soft-drinks category is a huge growth area globally, as more consumers seek out no- and low-alcohol options with grown-up flavour profiles. Slow-brew soda start-up Somersault spotted a need for a healthy option to appeal to style-conscious people who want to drink less alcohol yet don’t want to increase their sugar consumption.

Denomination was asked by Somersault to create a brand and packaging design that would be aesthetically distinctive, aspirational and memorable, and that café and bar owners would be happy to display ‘like art on a shelf’.

Crafty graphic solutions

The design team at Denomination came up with a strong graphic approach that creates great stand-out on shelf, is worthy of above-counter display in cafés and bars and provides clear varietal differentiation. The identity also stays well away from clichéd ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ design cues, looking instead to the premium-craft-drinks market to appeal to a discerning target consumer who appreciates hip, healthy options.

Contemporary pastel colours were selected to reflect the brand’s organic ingredients and good-for-you credentials. The designs are also echoed on the bottle necks to further boost stand-out and allow for a more minimalist approach on the main labels.

With so many ‘healthy’ sodas on the market in fact packing a super-sweet punch, it was also felt important to hero the key ‘low sugar’, ‘organic’ and ‘slow-brewed’ brand assets on the wrap-around label, with supporting content and tasting notes.

Finally, a strong bespoke logotype, uncoated paper stock and embellishments were used to reinforce the premium positioning of the brand.

Head over heels

Rowena Curlewis, Denomination CEO, says: “One of our key challenges was to create an identity that would overcome consumer scepticism that ‘healthy’ fizzy drinks lack flavour or contain artificial sweeteners. To do this we created a distinctive packaging design that sets Somersault apart from other brands, reassuring customers that they are drinking a high-quality product that tastes good and looks gorgeous.”

Neil Barker, Somersault Director, says: “Denomination exceeded the brief to create pieces of art that the coolest of cafés and bars are happy to display next to premium drinks and gourmet coffee brands. The designs provide a contemporary expression of craft soda, and the patterns provide a generous canvas that is highly disruptive, engaging and refreshing, while being understated, confident and stylish.

“Just a few weeks after launch, and with no PR or advertising support, the design has been pivotal in generating interest and excitement with the drinks trade. Retail uptake has exceeded all our expectations and we have secured listings in more than 100 of the trendiest cafés and bars in the country. Some mixologists are even using the sodas as mixers – a brand extension that we had not envisaged.”

Luscombe Drinks

Luscombe
I’ve noticed lately that you can’t beat a good, refreshing drink. Easy to say, and I suppose everyone will have had the experience at some point in their lives, but if you’re like me, branching out and trying something different just seems to make it all a little sweeter.

It’s with this statement that I would like to introduce Luscombe to the table. An organic soft drink range from Devon, England with history stretching back to 1975, Luscombe offer an extensive range of flavoured drinks, with an ethos that owner Gabriel David says is “It’s all about the taste”.

Going direct to source, Luscombe pride themselves on working with the fruit producers over purchasing through fruit companies, meaning that they receive what they believe is the very best at the right times of year. Examples include UK growers (usually their own Devon orchards) for the apples and elderflowers, lemons from Sicily, ginger from Peru, Williams pears from France and apricots from Spain. Oranges from Sicily or Mexico and limes from Sri Lanka.

With the use of fresh ingredients, it means that it lacks a full consistency due to the seasons and weather conditions, but a tiny amount of variation, for me, really hammers home their idea of creating a true form of flavoured soft drinks.

So with this, below I give to you my tasting notes on my experiences so far –

Soft Drinks:

Luscombe Sparkling Apple Crush – 0%

Soft baked apple on the nose, with hints of naturally sweetened apple pulp. Slightly sharp on the palate, with the fresh apple juice coming through. Bold red apple skin flavour on the lingering finish.

Luscombe Damascene Rose Bubbly – 0%

Lightly scented rose petal on the nose, with a soft citrus following. Very soft on the palate, with hints of the rose coming through, blended with freshly cut lemons and clementines.

Luscombe Madagascan Vanilla Soda – 0%

Soft vanilla notes on the nose, with the flavour thinning off once onto the palate. Light, scented and lingering on the finish.

Luscombe Lime Crush – 0%

Ripe lime on the nose, with a sharp hit of zest. Softer than expected, but a back-of-the-throat catch of lime creates a long finish.

Luscombe Sicilian Lemonade – 0%

Very light on the nose, with only hints of the lemon coming through. Subtle once again, with the dry lemon profile offering a scented finish.

Luscombe Wild Elderflower Bubbly – 0%

Fresh elderflower on the nose, with slight sharp hits of the flavour following. Sweet start, with a softer ending, seeing the elderflower linger with bursts of freshness.

Luscombe St. Clements – 0%

Bold, dry notes of the orange and lemon combining on the nose. Slight sharpness to be gin with on the palate, following to a smoother finish with hints of the rind and zest of each.

Luscombe Strawberry Crush – 0%

Fresh, soft strawberry aromas on the nose, with a smooth offering onto the palate. Short, but a bold finish.

Luscombe Raspberry Crush – 0%

Bold raspberry notes on the nose, with a tart follow-up on the palate. A lively, long finish of vibrant, fresh raspberry.

Luscombe Cranberry Crush – 0%

Subtle notes of stone cherry, with hints of ripe vanilla coming through. Very soft, a little dry, with the cherry flavour coming through slowly. Short on the finish.

Luscombe Cool Ginger Beer – 0%

Created with less ginger.
Soft, fresh ginger comes though on the nose. Very soft on the palate too, with more of the root ginger present, followed by dry earth notes leaving a lingering finish.

Luscombe Passionate Ginger Beer – 0%

Fresh, sparkling ginger on the nose, with lighter notes than its Cool expression. Ripe ginger, with a bolder profile, seeing a lingering, dry, passionfruit etched finish.

Luscombe Hot Ginger Beer – 0%

Bold notes of stemmed ginger comes through on the nose. Light start, but the ginger profile hits, bringing a warmth to the long, slightly spiced finish.

Juices:

Luscombe Orange – 0%

Ripe orange rind on the nose, with a sun-kissed flavour on the palate which see’s the orange come though smoothly to a long finish.

Luscombe Apple and Pear – 0%

Pear notes dominate the nose, with the red apple flesh underlining. A more balanced profile on the palate, with the apple notes offering a rich, fresh experience, and the pear creating a long finish.

Luscombe Apple Juice with Ginger – 0%

Subtle apple on the nose, with only a dash of ginger coming through. The ginger hits a little more on the palate, offering a slight kick as it follows the bold, fresh apple.

Luscombe Apple and Apricot – 0%

Very dry notes of the apricot come through on the nose, with the apple scents following slowly. Slightly stewed combination on the palate, seeing the apricot dominate as it heads to a lingering finish.

Luscombe Carrot and Orange – 0%

Very subtle orange and carrot aromas on the nose, followed onto the palate with a smooth offering. Thin, with a short finish.

Cider:

Luscombe Devon Cider – 4.9%

Made with Devon apples including Tail Sweet, Sugar Bush, Devon Crimson, Slack-Ma-Girdle. Subtle notes of rich apple, followed by a sweet vanilla profile. A good hit of fresh vanilla once again, with the apple scents opening a bold, rich finish that lingers.

A great range of soft drinks, with the flavours of each really offering that fresher profile that many of us ask for in our beverage. Serve chilled, the expressions cater i think for all, and could be one’s to impress with when pulling out of your fridge.

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The Juice Shed Company

Juicy Fuel

Meeting brand developers can be an exciting time as they start to show off their innovation, their ideas that have finally come fruition. It’s hard to stand out in a world that has such variety when it comes to the drinks scene, but I for one base Drinks Enthusiast around meeting and experiencing such, and here is a great example of the next chapter; The Juice Shed Company.

Based in Poynton in Cheshire, The Juice Shed Company are said to be the first people to produce a Cola from fruit Juice (known as Juicy Fuel. Cola), and pride themselves in not using any preservatives within their recipes, or indeed adding any sugar to sweeten.

With this mentality, they create a range of juice based drinks including ‘Wet and Juicy’ in the form of cherry and lemon, strawberry and raspberry, and apple and pear. ‘Juicy Fuel’ are another branch that see’s more simple flavours such as mixed berry, cherry and blueberry within. All use natural spring water and flavourings, with the likes of Italy being chosen as the base for most of the fruits.

It’s the ‘Juicy Fuel. Cola’ range that i’m most interested in today though. Containing spring water, juices from concentrate, grape, lemon, malted barley and natural flavouring (including Cola Nut Extract) within the original. The Cherry version keeps it similar, but adds, of course, cherry.

So how do they fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Juicy Fuel. Cola – 0%

Fresh, light notes on the nose of red grape and citrus flesh come through immediately. Good hit o the barley and cola nut on the plate, followed by almond, grape skin and a natural sweetened finish that lingers.

Juicy Fuel. Cola Cherry – 0%

Bold, rich cherry aromas on the nose, with soft grape following. A well-balanced flavour of sweet cherry and dry citrus hits the palate, offering a barley-esque finish that lingers.

An interesting take on the cola market, and one that has been recognised by local authorities and school caterers due to its natural ingredients and no added sugar. Plus it’s part of your 5 a day!

I can see why parents are placing these into lunch boxes though. It has the flavour of your standard cola brands, but tastes a lot more natural, and lacks the sensation of coating your teeth with sugar that I know a lot of kids when i was young would love to do. The cherry expression pips it for me at the moment, it just adds more depth to the profile for me, but to be fair both are worthy of giving a go, especially for adults who are looking for more of a healthier alternative to the likes of Coca Cola or Pepsi. Pick a couple up today and let me know what you think.

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The Berry Company

The Berry Company

Drinks Enthusiast is not always about alcohol or distilled spirits, but I try to experience a wide variety of expressions within the soft drink category, as shown with the likes of Zeo and Fentimans. The latest brand to come across me are the new Special Tea varieties from The Berry Company, a venture that bring to you a ‘fruit juice drink range made from all natural berries with no “yucky” bits!’. Their words! But it’s their tea soft drinks that this feature will focus on, so lets see what we need to know about the 5 varieties.

Special Tea – Red Tea with Hibiscus & Cranberry – 0%

Red tea, or Rooibos, is a herb indigenous to South Africa that is blended with cranberry and grape.
Bold notes of cranberry on the nose, with fresh hibiscus coming through well. Soft, light and subtle grape on the palate, with a good combination of the cranberry and hibiscus offering a long finish.

Special Tea – White Tea & Peach – 0%

Coming from the Fujian province of China, the White Tea has been blended with peaches.
Sweet peach aromas on the nose with honey and lemon combining well on the end. Light, floral and delicate on the palate, with the peach offering a scented coat. Natural sweetness is subtle, with a clean, short finish.

Special Tea – Black Tea & Elderflower – 0%

Native to China, the Black Tea has been blended with elderflower and lemon.
Rich yet subtle aromas of elderflower, with a soft sweetness following on the nose. Thick texture on the palate with the lemon dominating over the more lighter elderflower notes. A lingering tartness on the finish.

Special Tea – Yellow Tea & Coconut Water – 0%

A rare type of tea, indigenous to China. Blended with coconut water and lemon,
Rich honey and coconut aromas on the nose, with a thinner texture on the palate. Fresh coconut start, with the lemon cutting through to give a scented and aromatic blend of a finish.

Special Tea – Green Tea with Aronia & Blueberry – 0%

Indigenous to China, the Green Tea has been blended with ariona berry and blueberry.
Soft and scented on the nose with subtle blueberry and ariona. Perfumed flavours of the light berries on the palate, with a slightly dry finish that lingers.

The Special Tea range pride themselves in having no artificial preservatives, colourings, additives, sweeteners or GMO’s, and it makes a difference, with each variation of the teas giving off a wholly natural feel, enlightening the experience some-what. It also offers a different take on the tea culture a little, and can be drunk either room temperature or chilled no matter what time of year. The small 330 ml pouches also make it ideal for lunch or a quick pick-me-up on the go. Give them a go and experience something a little different. 

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Artisan Drinks

Lindy Wildsmith Artisan Drinks

I’ve many a reference book on my shelves, ranging from brand specific, to cocktail ideas, to category overviews. It’s odd to admit then that despite the numerous titles, I don’t sit down, open one up and flick through. I do know why. I get incredibly frustrated if I come across an inspiring idea, or a cocktail that I would love to re-create and experience. I haven’t got the bar, the arena to show these new-found ideas off. Well, not yet anyway. But until that day when I sign on the dotted line, I keep my nose firmly out of a good book for my own sanity. My only outburst of this shall we say is the goal of Drinks Enthusiast and this very website that you are browsing. This site, this drinks directory more than anything, is my outlet, my ‘sneak peak’ as I stride towards experiencing as much as I can in view of what I believe will be a ground-breaking concept for a bar. To some, this whole paragraph may sound confusing, spacial maybe. Odd perhaps. But I invite you to my bar in the future and I promise it will all become clear.

However I’m contradicting myself a little. I’m not a blogger who rambles on about their ideas. No, never have been, but I believe an explanation was due as this feature looks at the one aspect of my life I try to avoid. This feature looks at a category I have never once reviewed, and starts with a book entitled ‘Artisan Drinks’.

The cover may look familiar to some as the author Lindy Wildsmith released this back at the latter end of last year. And I’ll hold my hands up, I’m late into the party when I promised to take a look at this. The aforementioned reason perhaps, as essentially I’ll be raking in some ideas that Lindy has published, and wishing I could recreate for the crowds in Manchester. Intrigue has got the better of me though as the aspect of DIY liquids has become a hot topic in the last few years between both bartenders and customers.

So lets take a look.

Lindy herself runs a venue named ‘The Chef’s Room’ in Wales, specialising in British country cooking and Italian regional food, a passion she picked up after living in Rome for several years. This sentence alone sets the tone of the recipes and ideas. Italy is seen as on of the countries that originates the combination of herbs, elixirs and fruits, while Britain gives the simplicity to the recipes which make them stand out for all to re-create. Take her ideas for cordials and soft drinks. The first recipe is a ‘Italian lime siroppo‘, a modern take on a 1696 idea, and is essentially 5 limes, and a 2:1 ratio of water to sugar. You couldn’t start with a simpler Italian/British combination! Grenadine, ginger, lemon barley and spiced blackberry are all covered, as are some of the more intriguing bases including raspberry vinegar, rosehip syrup and syrop de menthe (mint).

It’s not just your usual syrups that Lindy covers though. she dives into the likes of beer, cider and perry, wine, digestifs, punches and cocktails, as well as dabbling with non alcohol versions of sparkling, soft drinks and elegant mocktails. Her mocktails, for example, utilise her previous recipes, including one for a ‘Prohibition’ cocktail. Home-made apple juice combines with syrop de menthe and egg for a truly unique drink for an evening. I’m sure there’s no better feeling when you blend two home-made creations to make one truly artisan drink!

it’s not just your usual fruits and herbs that get a shoe-in within the book though. The last chapter dives into the teas, tisanes and spicy brews, something that has grown with fascination these last few years. Examples include ‘herb garden tisanes‘ using thyme, sweet cicely and borage amongst others, or ‘hot tangerine and nutmeg chocolate’ that will surely blow away your usual supermarket mix. While flicking through though, you can’t help but notice some stunning photography skills which really make each recipe hit with impact. Photographer Kevin Summers is a 20 year veteran, working with the likes of Delia Smith and Nigel Slater, and has produced some amazing shots of all aspects of recipe production.

I’m glad I plucked up the courage to open up and have a read. A recipe book essentially, and one that has now filled me with ideas for that opening night. The recipes are simple and I’m sure incredibly effective, and it seems that there is a finished product that would work for just about any palate. Variation is key these days, and Lindy has got it spot on. Grab a copy and take a look for yourself. I suppose though that I can only guess at the moment that her recipes will stand up to others who have come before her.

Give it a year and I’ll let you know.

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Pimento Tasting Notes

Pimento

‘At last, a beverage without alcohol, stronger than alcohol’. Sounds like the perfect tag line to grab your attention doesn’t it? Back in 2009, it caught the attention of it home nation France, an in particular Paris, where it was launched in March of that year. But what exactly is it?

Well Pimento is a carbonated blend of ginger, tonic and natural flavourings of hot pepper, bitter orange, lime, gentian and oregano. Question is though, does all that come through? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Pimento – 0%

Fresh ginger on the nose, slight pepper and orange coming through slowly. A developing kick of ginger and fiery pepper on the palate, with a subtle hit of the citrus lime and dry oregano flavours. A slight lingering but unfortunately soon goes.

It’s ok on its own, and this comes from a guy who is not a huge fan of spice, but I’ve seen it work better within the likes of these recipes –

Pimento Storm

Glass – 

Rocks

Ingredients – 

60 ml dark Jamaican rum
15 ml fresh lime juice

Method – 

Shake all ingredients except Pimento, strain and top with Pimento, serve with cracked ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

or

Hot Mojito Pimento

Glass –

Highball

Ingredients – 

7 mint leaves
1 line of cane syrup
2 small spoons of brown cane sugar
2 lime segments squeezed lime
60 ml rum from Cuba
A drop of Angostura
Top with Pimento

Method – 

Crush mint, sugar syrup, brown sugar and lime within a glass. Fill with crushed ice, add rum and top with Pimento. Stir.

Pimento has partnered with the French Association of Barmen (ABF), so there’s no shortage of ideas flowing, showing the versatility of Pimento. It’s not too bad as a mixer either, with rum probably the most preferred for a twist on the rum and ginger beer.

You can find Pimento in most countries around the world, so worth a try if you ever come across.

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Fentimans

Many of you will drink a spirit with a mixer. A Gin & Tonic, Vodka & Lemonade or a Whisky & Coke would not be frowned upon if ordered at a bar, pub or restaurant. But do you ever take notice of what that mixer is? You are more than likely going to ask for your preferred brand of gin in your gin and tonic than wonder what mixer will be added. But what if I tell you that from a bartenders point-of-view, or indeed anyone who has ever tried anything other than Schweppes or Britvic, that your choice of brand for a mixer too can change not only the drink you have ordered, but possibly even made it better than you thought? Surely if you order a drink, you would expect said drink to be of the highest quality? Even if it is something as simple as a vodka and coke?

I would like to offer a challenge to anyone who reads this. The next time you order a spirit with a mixer, ask the bartender what mixers they have. If they offer you Britvic or Schweppes don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world and there’s certainly nothing wrong with them. Just politely mention that you would like to try something named Fentimans. Fentimans are an English brand with over 100 years of history steeped into each of their portfolio offerings, and one of them is a tonic water. If you enter one bar and order a gin and tonic and receive a gin mixed with Schweppes, then in your next bar order the same gin but instead mixed with Fentimans Tonic, i would like you to tell me the difference (and there will be one), and post your thoughts below / tweet your comments.
I set this challenge for one reason and one reason only. It’s only recent that I started to come accustomed to drinking a gin and tonic. Before that I thought tonic water was too dry, lacking flavour and overall rather pointless to ruining a good gin – until I tried Fentimans. As a man who will give all brands a go, hand on heart Fentimans gave me a so-called new lease of life to my gin and tonic fear. As you can see from my tasting notes below, I was genuinely surprised at how light it was on both the nose and palate. There was to be no hint of dryness at all. No wincing like you’ve sucked a lemon and no search for water to help the tonic slip down the throat. Fentimans offered something fresh – and also offered alternatives when was the last time you could say that to Britvic?

So a little history on Fentimans –

Back in 1905, an iron puddler named Thomas Fentiman, hailed from Cleckheaton, England and was to be approached by a fellow tradesman for a loan. A deal was struck and a recipe for botanically brewed ginger beer was provided as security. The loan however was never repaid so Thomas became the sole owner of the unique recipe. Thomas began using the recipe and produced botanically brewed ginger beer which he then delivered door-to-door using a horse and cart for transport. His ginger beer was stored in hand-made stone jars known as ‘grey hens’ which were stamped with an image of Thomas’ pet dog ‘Fearless’, itself an award-winning dog triumphing in the obedience category at the famous ‘Crufts’ dog competition. Fentiman’s ginger beer quickly became very popular and the family business grew, with several production factories being opened in the North East of England. The business is still in the Fentimans family to this day and is owned by the Great Grandson of Thomas Fentiman. The recipes haven’t changed either and still go by the time-honoured method of botanically brewing the finest natural ingredients. Their production processes have also been updated through the addition of mild carbonation to replace the carbon dioxide lost in during pasteurisation, which gives the product a longer life.

Hollows and Fentimans Ginger Beer

As mentioned, Fentimans prides itself on its method of botanical brewing. But what exactly is it?
Well its a simple process that involves herbs and plant roots. Thomas Fentiman’s original recipe involved milling ginger roots before tumbling them into copper steam jacketed pans and leaving them to bubble and simmer which would release all their flavour. The finest herbs, natural flavourings, sugar, brewer’s yeast and fresh spring water were then added to the liquid which was transferred into wooden vats where it would be left to ferment. Initially the liquid went on fermenting after it was bottled and corked in the old stone jars where it would fully mature and be ready to drink by the end of the week. However modern techniques of adding mild carbonation helps give the product a longer life.

So a rather simple brewing process that is steeped in traditionalism and can offer so many possibilities too. Take a look below at the Fentimans range, both soft drinks and mixers, as well as my tasting notes on each –

Mixers –

Fentimans Tonic Water

Very fresh on the nose with subtle herbal aromas. Incredibly light on the palate with no hint of dryness but rather a mouth-watering effect. A long offering.

Fentimans 19:05 Herbal Tonic Water

Bold, fresh notes of juniper and orange blossom on the nose, with a soft flavour of lime and lemongrass upon the palate. Slight dry spice with a long finish.

Fentimans Rose Lemonade

A blend of lemons and pure Rose Otto oil from the Rose Valley in Kazanlak, Bulgaria.
Delicate rose on the nose, with lots of floral citrus aromas following behind. Light, with a dry rose texture that also offers some ginger flavours slicing through. Long and refreshing.

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Soft Drinks – 

Fentimans Wild English Elderflower

Sweet elderflower aromas on the nose that become delicate and bold. Clean, light with subtle pear and elderflower flavours blending nicely on the palate. Short and crisp on the finish

Fentimans Rose Lemonade

Very light on the nose with a small hint of rose compared to a good dose of fresh lemon. Rather sharp on the palate but mellows quickly with a balance of rose and lemon more obvious. A long offering.

Fentimans Cherry Tree Cola

Fresh and lively on the nose with lots of cherry and a dry herb aroma. Soft herbal flavours on the palate balance well with the cherry, with a refreshingly subtle sweetness.

Fentimans Brewed Shandy

Instant dark, bold hit of malt on the nose followed by a lively attack on the palate. Very dark and very sweet but is smooth and with a long after-taste. Not as fizzy as you would expect.

Fentimans Cool Ginger Beer

Strong on the nose, although rather fresh and ripe that mellows slowly. Fresh ginger flavours on the palate that are incredibly soft and smooth, albeit a little dry near the end.

Fentimans Dandelion and Burdock

A strong, rustic aroma that mellows quickly on the nose, however the palate enjoys a very soft offering with small hints of flavour that doesn’t overpower the senses.

Fentimans Curiosity Cola

Soft and light on the nose with a slight sweet aroma. Refreshing burst on the palate that instantly mouth-waters, with a slight tangy ending with a dose of malt.

The Fentimans Range

Fentimans Victorian Lemonade

Lots of citrus flavours on the nose that are both light and fresh. A good hit of lemon is present on the palate too, but softens out over a lengthy period. A little dry at the end.

Fentimans Traditional Ginger Beer

Slight musty aroma lingers around a strong dry ginger offering on the nose. A soft entry on the palate though with a slight kick near the end of spice which creates a mouth-watering feel.

Fentimans Mandarin and Seville Orange Jigger

Fresh with a slight sharpness on the nose with lots of rich orange aromas. Very smooth on the palate that’s soft with a slight ginger flavour creeping in.

Hollows and Fentimans Ginger Beer – 4%

Lively and fresh on the nose with lots of ginger aromas. An instant ginger flavour hits the palate with a smooth, soft feeling. Slight dryness near the end.

Fentimans & Bloom Gin & Tonic – 6.5%

A traditional aroma of lemons creates a dry nose, and become slightly bitter on the palate. Although it mellows rather quickly and burst a little with a freshness of a honey flavour that sticks around with the dry texture. Short however.

Personal recommendations? Hendrick’s and Rose Lemonade is a quirky alternative to a normal gin and tonic, whilst the Cool Ginger Beer would be an excellent addition to rum and ginger beer, with the use of Havana 7yr or possibly Bacardi 8yr.

Fentimans is widely available and can be found in most places, just make sure you ask for a certain brand next time – you will not be disappointed.

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