I love Fentiman's so when I was shopping online on Sainsbury's and saw a new version of the tonic I added a couple to my basket - but they were much more expensive than I expected. Turns out these were a premixed alcoholic drink with Bloom Gin - so I took one out and figured I'd give one a shot.
The Fentiman's Tonic that I reviewed before was nice, but more of an & Tonic, than a just tonic by itself. Here was a perfect opportunity to try it with their suggested gin. I had it with ice with a meal (that turned out to be spicier than we'd intended!) and drank it slowly over the evening.
The alcohol content was stringer than I'd expected - this was more like 2 gin & tonics in a bottle than one larger but weaker one as I'd expected. The flavours intermingled quite nicely and the deep gin took the edge off the tonic. As I noted before this was designed to sit neatly with gin and not to explode the senses like the Fever Tree tonic does so it was a nicely refined experience. I'm not enough of a gin drinker to know about the flavours of that part, but it was certainly nice and something I could not only drink again but could see myself taking to a party or similar.
Fentiman's have branched out into the alcoholic drinks over the years and I think this has largely worked. I can see this being something that people would ask for by name as it's a distinctive taste and one you can guarantee has two quality ingredients (unlike my university fail of mixing expensive vodka with No Frills cola... yuk!).