NORTH-EAST botanically brewed soft drinks and mixer company Fentimans have won the top two spots at the prestigious Class Bartender Brand awards for their Valencian Orange Tonic Water and new Oriental Yuzu Tonic.

The Hexham-based company’s Valencian Orange Tonic Water has also won the first ever Gold medal for a Tonic Water at the World leading San Francisco Wine and Spirit competition.

In recent years, bitter Spanish oranges have surged in popularity, as a standalone ingredient in both mixers and premium spirits, especially gin, to create a modern twist on a much-loved flavour.

Fentimans Valencian Orange Tonic Water combines the zesty citrus taste of Valencian oranges, combined with savoury notes from Lemon Thyme, to achieve a smooth and balanced taste profile.

Fentimans marketing director Andrew Jackson said: “This latest award is testament to the emphasis Fentimans places on creating unrivalled and innovative flavour. For our brand to be recognised and endorsed by the most influential people in the global drinks industry, is incredibly humbling, and testament to the dedication and skill of the team we are building here in the North-East.”