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Co-founders Charlie and Rich have been friends for more than twenty years, and finally got around to starting a business together in late 2016.
Rich has worked in the wine industry for a decade, having learnt the sparkling wine business from the ground up at the award-winning Ridgeview Wine Estate in East Sussex before moving on to roles at some of the UK’s largest wine and beer importers in London. Co-founder Charlie worked in digital marketing in Brighton before moving to Denmark to work for the Foreign Office in Copenhagen for five years.
The pair have always enjoyed a drink together but after brewing undrinkable beer and then realising they had no land on which to start the vineyard of their dreams, they turned their attention to gin and tonic.
With the gin renaissance in full swing they couldn’t see what they could add beyond the plethora of delicious gins already on sale, and so turned their attention to gin’s best friend; tonic water. They bought all the tonics they could find and spent several weeks tasting them alongside some of their favourite gins. Their conclusion? None of them were quite up to scratch! All the tonics they tasted were too sweet, too bitter and most left an unpalatable coating in the mouth.
We can do better than this they thought. It must be possible to make a tonic water that doesn’t destroy the intricate flavour of a premium spirit. But the industry seemed to be going in the opposite direction, adding more outlandish flavours to their tonic waters. Time to do something different.
And so, inspired by a sommelier’s approach to pairing drinks and a New Nordic influenced minimalism, they began to deconstruct the humble tonic water on a bold mission to reinvent the gin & tonic for the C.21st. They went through 30 recipes in their Sussex kitchens chasing the perfect combination of flavours, striving to create a mixer that would help show-off, rather than overshadow, the work of their favourite master distillers.
Regency Tonic Gold
Our original recipe is ultra-low in sugar, gently carbonated and distinctively dry. One for those who really want to taste their gin. With just 16 kcal per bottle it’s deliciously light, so much so that it’s increasingly popular as a standalone drink. Best suited to less dry gins, and particularly those with strong fruit or botanical flavour
Regency Tonic Blue
Our second recipe is still very low in sugar, and with just 32 kcal per bottle still has less sugar than most ‘light’ tonic waters on the market. With a little extra body and carbonation it’s a great match for any gin. As with all our tonics we recommend using a minimum of ice and ideally serving in a champagne flute.