May 1 2019 @ 14:35 by Steven Hugill
A botanically-brewed soft drinks and mixer company is celebrating after picking up industry awards for its products.
Hexham-based Fentimans secured the top two spots at the prestigious Class Bartender Brand Awards for its Valencian Orange Tonic Water and new Oriental Yuzu Tonic.
The business’ Valencian Orange Tonic Water also won the first-ever gold medal for a tonic water at the San Francisco Wine and Spirit competition.
In recent years, bitter Spanish oranges have surged in popularity as a standalone ingredient in mixers and premium spirits, especially gin, to create a modern twist on a much-loved flavour.
Fentimans’ Valencian Orange Tonic Water combines oranges with savoury notes from Lemon Thyme, to achieve a smooth and balanced taste profile.
Andrew Jackson, Fentimans marketing director, said: “These awards are testament to the emphasis we place on creating unrivalled and innovative flavour.
“For our brand to be recognised and endorsed by the most influential people in the global drinks industry is incredibly humbling and testament to the dedication and skill of the team we are building in the North East.”
He added By The River Brew Co has just listed its Valencian Orange Tonic Water and Yuzu Tonic.
In total, Fentimans won 55 awards at the 2019 Class Bartender Brand Awards, including ten gold medals, with its Valencian Orange Tonic Water voted as Category Champion for Tonic Water and its Victorian Lemonade voted Category Champion for Soft Drinks.
Serving suggestions for 125ml Valencian Fentimans Orange Tonic Water –
Spanish G&T: Tanqueray Sevilla, Fentimans Valencian Orange Tonic, Sprig of Rosemary
Orange Spritz: Lillet Blanc, Fentimans Valencian Orange Tonic, Wedge of Orange