Q Drinks is a beverage company that got its start by taking a simple product (tonic water) and making it the best they could. From their perspective, it was insane to mix super-premium expensive spirits with generic grocery store generic tonic water. They saw an opportunity to improve the water, the quality of the quinine, and even the aesthetic of the bottle. Thus it began. They currently produce 4 standalone sodas and 2 mixing sodas (tonic water and club soda). You can see my reviews for the rest of their products by clicking here.
Their take on ginger ale aims at solving the same original problem as their tonic water. They got rid of the high-fructose corn syrup and replaced it with organic agave from Mexico. They sourced fresh ginger from southeast Asia. To add additional depth and character they include hints of coriander, cardamom, cayenne, orange peel, and rose oil. Put on your big boy pants, this is a complicated soda.
This is a beverage I’d be happy to sip along with a nice meal or at a social event. I found the flavors to be crisp, snappy, and deep. The spices add a depth to the ginger ale that pricks your taste buds in a rolling tour of earthiness and heat. The rose oil and orange peel add some fragrance that strikes your olfactory through the bright bubbles of the carbonation. It’s a spicy, slightly dry ginger ale, but if you sip and savor it you’ll probably survive. This is an 8.5 out of 10 on my rating scale.
Personally, I’d prefer cane sugar over agave. I find the mouth feel a little smoother with the cane sugar. However, the beautiful bottle adds back any points I might have taken away for the choice of sweetener. The tear drop shape is stunning, and I appreciate the silhouette of the leaves and branches.
Sampled in February 2017. Product provided complimentary from Q Drinks in return for an honest review.
Not too bombard with comments,but I do see that you did review this soda. I guess everyone has different tastes when it comes to sodas which is expected,so while some sodas are not that great in terms of flavor body or too sweet,strong,medicinal, personal taste is a bit of issue at reviews. Some folks for instance hate harvey root beer,some find ibc good but not great but some rank others based on it. Anyways keep up the reviews,one issue with soda reviews is that shipping costs are expensive for a small amount of sodas depending on whether you want a not so well known brand.
I was not impressed by this Ginger ale. It just had a strange peppery taste which didn’t taste at all like a good Ginger ale. Agava sweetener is not good for you either since it’s 85% fructose which is really bad for you. Been much better off with just simple cane sugar. Drop the rose oil and the Orange peels And the Cayenne and just make a nice simple tasting Ginger ale. Almost any of the commercially made big name Ginger Ales taste better although many are very high in sugar unfortunately. I even prefer the Zevia gingerale to this one, although the stevia gives it a pretty strong taste of its own.