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Fever Tree began after a tonic tasting session, when Charles Rolls learnt that most tonics on the market used cheap flavourings and poor preservatives when producing tonic water. Charles decided to join forces with Tim Warrilow, and a 15 month long journey to design the perfect tonic began. Days of research in the British Library were used to source quinine, trips were planned to find the purest strains of this unique product and 5 iterations of the recipe were tried and tested, before the perfect result was found, leading to the first bottle of Fever Tree Indian Tonic being produced in 2005.
Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water launched in the UK in early 2005, the brand name chosen due to fever tree being the colloquial name for the cinchona tree in which quinine, a key ingredient for tonic, is found. The highest quality quinine was sourced from the Rwanda Congo border and blended with spring water and eight botanical flavours, including rare ingredients such as marigold extracts and a bitter orange from Tanzania. Crucially, no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavourings were added.
Since its launch, Fever Tree have gone on to produce seven drinks, all ideal as mixers or to be enjoyed alone. As Tim Warrilow said "If 3/4 of your Gin & Tonic is the tonic, make sure you use the best"