Review: Fentimans Tonic Water

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This review has been superseded by my tonic water roundup, which you can find here. Continuing my interest in tonic waters, I decided to review another brand which is appearing on store shelves: Fentimans Beverages. You may have seen their other products, such as Curiosity Cola, Shandy, and Victorian … [Read more...]

Interview: Steven Smith Teamaker

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"Portland is a beverage town," Steve Smith says simply.  And his beverage of choice is -- and always has been-- tea. Back in the early 1970s, Smith started Stash Tea, which sold teas and herbal infusions to natural food stores. The company grew to the point where  it was sold to a Japanese tea company in 1993; tea … [Read more...]

Q Tonic vs. Fever-Tree Tonic

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NOTE: this review has been replaced with a new, larger roundup, which you can read here. I have already rewritten and updated the recipe for making tonic water from scratch, which you will find here.  In January, I reviewed Q Tonic. Now Fever-Tree Tonic, another gourmet version has hit local store shelves. I thought … [Read more...]