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  • Cinchona Succirubra Bark

Only Bitters Cinchona Succirubra Bark 500gm

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Only Bitters have gone out to procure the best Cinchona Bark for making your own Tonic Syrups we could find.

The bark is from the Cinchona Succirubra (Red Cinchona) tree from Guatemala. We source from a reputable sustainable farm that grows and harvests their own Cinchona trees. The bark sections from each tree are harvested once every 3 years for a term of 60 years.

The bark from the Cinchona Succirubra tree is naturally high in Quinine Alkaloids. See table below for a difference between the cinchona varietals.

Table: Alkaloid Content Comparison by Cinchona species

Species

Total Alkaloids (%)

Quinine Content (%)

C. calisaya

         3 - 7

            0 - 4.0

C. pubescens

      4.5 - 8.5

            1 - 3.0

C. officinalis

         5 - 8

            2 - 7.5

C. ledgeriana

         5 -14

            3 - 13

C. succirubra

         6 -16

            4 - 14

Warning: Quinine Alkaloids could be toxic in high doses. Please do not exceed recommended dosages in parts per million when making your tonic syrup. As an example the US FDA and German authorities regulate that quinine be limited to between 83-85 parts per million (83-85 mg/L).

We have engaged a food scientist to determine conservative safe quantities for the use of this Cinchona Succirubra.  How to Make Your Own DIY Tonic (e-Book) is available for $1 with any purchase of a cinchona product from our store (or for $4.95 on its own).

While we do not endorse the quantities used, here are some publicly available Tonic Syrup recipes found on the web to help you on your way:

http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/2008/how-to-make-your-own-tonic-water/

http://portlandfoodanddrink.com/making-tonic-water-my-decent-into-madness/

IMPORTANT NOTE:

For orders with destinations outside of Australia, please check with your destination country regarding customs requirements for this item. Our bark is heat treated upon entering Australia.  If  in doubt, please order the powdered cinchona.  The powdered form is less likely to cause a problem as it is not whole bark, and it is packaged and vacuum sealed. 

New Zealand customers, please take particular note.  We have found that it is best to order the powdered cinchona.




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  1. give your gin a Christmas present

    Posted by sblackbourn@me.com on 4th Dec 2017

    Very difficult to get- but Only Bitters makes it simple! The recipes are easy and the product is extremely tasty in your spirits. Do yourself a Cavour and enjoy a drink during the festive season.