Introducing No1 Botanicals

No1 Botanicals |
The first range of single extract botanical drinks, authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.

Following the success of No1 Rosemary Water, a range of six new and unique single extract herbal drinks join the No1 Botanicals family. The new herbs - each with their own unique history - are: Juniper, Basil, Fennel, Lemon Verbena, Mint and Ginger. Harnessing the power of nature; each water is made from the herb, carefully extracted to ensure all of the active compounds are retained inside the drink. The herbs have been carefully selected for their delicate flavours and the extracts have been authenticated by world-leading experts in botanical science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The Process

Bringing you the power of herbs

As with No1 Rosemary Water, the new botanical extract drinks contain no added sugar, no preservatives, no sweeteners, no additives, no artificial colours or flavours and are made with love. And of course we use fully recyclable packaging.
The herbs go through a complex process of cold extraction in order to preserve the flavours of the herb, to capture all the compounds and ingredients found in nature, and get them into the bottle.

The Taste

These ‘never-before’ captured flavours are best served chilled or over ice. Some are sweet, some light, some earthy - but all of them are delicate, aromatic and completely natural.

As more and more of us are conscious of mindful eating and drinking, No1 Botanicals is a healthy alternative to alcoholic drinks or sweet, sugary carbonated drinks. This transformational shift towards natural health, alongside a much greater awareness of general well-being, means that a quarter of 25 year olds today report making the lifestyle choice to become teetotal (Office of National Statistics, Adult Drinking Habits in Great Britain 2017).
To answer this increasing demand for soft drinks, we created this range based on seven extraordinary herbs, selected for their incredible flavours, that are equally delicious drunk alone or to complement food.

The Journey so Far

From Acciaroli to Kew

The story of No1 Botanicals starts with a tiny Italian hamlet that for a long time hid a secret. Unlocking that secret has led us on a journey of discovery through the power of herbs.

In Acciaroli more than one in ten residents live to over 100. A team of scientists from Rome’s La Sapienza University and the University of California’s San Diego School of Medicine identified rosemary as the key ingredient added to their otherwise typical Mediterranean diet.

No1 Botanicals’ founder David Spencer-Percival, heard this story and set out on a mission to capture the herb’s goodness. He created No1 Rosemary Water - the world’s first drink containing pure rosemary extract and certified natural spring water - and the adventure into the world of herbs began.

Tasting, learning and immersing himself in the history and flavours of botanicals, David teamed up with the botanists at Blue Sky Botanics and collaborated with the scientists at Kew to select the six new herbs - Rosemary’s new family.

The Power of Botanicals

Founder of No1 Botanicals, David Spencer-Percival says: “People are looking for more from their soft-drinks today - they are seeking out more sophisticated flavours while being more mindful of what they’re putting in their bodies than ever before. We are thrilled to be launching first in Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Selfridges and to be collaborating with Kew has been a real honour. Your choice of water just got more interesting than simply ‘still or sparkling’!”

Professor Monique Simmonds, Deputy Director of Science at Kew, said: “Kew is pleased to be partnering with No1 Botanicals on this new range, which will add a refreshing option to the soft drinks market. Kew has a long history of promoting a more natural approach to our everyday lives and the products that we consume, so this partnership makes perfect sense.”

Why We've Chosen the No1 Botanicals Herbs

Tales about Rosemary’s ability to enhance memory can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece. To understand the effects our No1 Botancials Rosemary Water could produce, we commissioned a study, which was published by the Journal of Psychopharmacology Today. 1 Based on research by Dr Mark Moss, Head of the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University, the study concluded that drinking a concentrated rosemary extract drink can boost cognitive and memory performance by up to 15%. Along with memory tests, Dr Moss conducted brain scans to show how ingesting No1 Botanicals rosemary extract drinks can increase the levels of deoxygenated red blood cells flowing through the brain. The research team concluded that the presence of 1,8-cineole and rosmarinic acid, which both occur in No1 Botanicals Rosemary Water, may be important in delivering improved cognitive performance.

Juniper with its stimulating flavour is famed through the ages for its health-giving properties.

Basil has a sophisticated, sweet aniseed flavour. We have captured these wonderful flavours and botanical goodness to create the world's first Basil Water using pure, fresh herbs. Our basil extract retains the active compounds and we blend this extracts with certified natural spring water to create a sophisticated & refreshing drink.

With a naturally sweet, liquorice flavour, fennel was traditionally taken for its health-giving properties. This is why we created the world's first Fennel Water, using nothing but pure herbs and certified natural spring water.

Mint, with its refreshing flavour, has a long history as a renowned soothing tonic which freshens your breath with just one sip!

Lemon Verbena has a zesty and refreshing flavour. We have captured these wonderful flavours and botanical goodness in the world's first Lemon Verbena Water, using pure herbs.

Ginger has a warming, earthy flavour with a spicy kick. Our No1 Botanicals Ginger Water is both aromatic and delicious.