East Imperial Old World Tonic - 15cl
Inspired by a family recipe from 1903, East Imperial is the self-proclaimed Champagne of tonic waters. With two tonics on offer and made from premium natural ingredients, this Asian based brand produces in New Zealand (for the quality of the water) has crafted alternative tonics to cover two vast gin umbrellas. The Champagne comparisons aren’t just for show… Using a high-level carbonation, comparably to France’s premium elixir, East Imperial is natural from start to finish with no preservatives to artificially carbonise either of the tonics.
As the only tonic water (that we know of) to source all key ingredients from Asia, Javanese quinine is blended with botanicals and lightly sweetened. Incidentally, the source where East Imperial handpicks Peruvian Cinchona from is the exact same genus that was employed by one of the company founder’s great grandfathers at their Kenyan plantation in 1903.
With noticeably reduced citrus and an immediate artisanal flavour profile, this particular tonic requires to be playful when combining different gins with customised garnishes. We recommend trying 50ml of Gin, a good 15ml of lime juice and 150ml of tonic when making a G&T with their Old World Tonic Water.