Balance and pacing are key to making a great ginger beer. A spicy kick should introduce itself right away and continue to build for the first few moments while a subtle sweet flavor should follow, encouraging you to go back for more. Too much spice – or spice that lingers – and you’ll hesitate to take the next sip. Too much sweet, and you might as well be drinking Sprite or ginger ale. The balance was so important to the good people at Q Drinks, that they even illustrated how the story plays out with their new Ginger Beer.
And boy did they get it right. The sediment floating at the bottom of the bottle – which I presume are bits of ginger and spices – was the first hint Q ginger beer was quality. As with any ginger beer, it’s recommended you tip the bottle to mix the sediment before consuming. Once opened, the smell was another mark of quality: along with the obligatory nostril burn, our tasters detected a combination of ginger, coriander and cardamon.
Then the taste. Oh, the taste. Q delivers a good ginger punch that lingers in your throat before fading – all with a sweet note that keeps you wanting more. Our tasters remarked at Q’s similarity to Fever Tree but noted it was just a step up in ginger burn. When mixed into a Dark n’ Stormy, Q performed admirably, maintaining its balance and delivering an excellent cocktail.