Bon Accord launch specialised tonic for Scottish gins

Edinburgh-based soft drink company Bon Accord has launched a 200ml size version of its tonic water, designed to complement Scottish gins, after consulting members of the country’s on-trade.

The company, run by Karen Knowles and Nathan Burrough, worked with gin bars across Scotland to create the tonic water, which is made with natural quinine and “offers a subtle and balanced flavour that allows the botanicals of Scottish gins to sing.”

The 200ml option has been designed with the on-trade in mind. Bon Accord Director Nathan Burrough, believes the smaller format is the way forward for the business.

He said, “We have listened to industry leaders and reformatted our tonic water to suit the on-trade market.

“It made perfect business sense for us to create a smaller size bottle for a single serve gin & tonic.

“As a Scottish business, we are eager to support Scottish gin distillers with a tonic water that showcases the amazing Scottish gins on the market.

James Sutherland, owner of Edinburgh gin bar, 56 North, added, “The new 200ml format is ideal for on-trade and customers are familiar with this size of tonic water when they order a gin and tonic.

“As a growing soft drinks business in Scotland, it is great to see a new tonic water on the market which has been developed specifically to accompany Scottish gins.”

Bon Accord will also release a new ginger beer in March.

The company was originally founded in 1909 by the Robb family in Arbroath and stopped trading in 2000. It was relaunched by the founder’s great-great-granddaughter, Karen Knowles and her business partner Nathan Burrough in 2016 and is based in Edinburgh.

The tonic water retails at £14.40 per 24 x 200ml bottle

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