The first batch, aged in Jack Daniels Barrels
Notes: Fee Brothers has been in business since April 1,1864 in Rochester, New York. Along with being one of the few remaining manufacturers of bitters, they also are one of the largest bar mixes and supply firms in the U.S. and produce flavorings and syrups for coffee shops, restaurants, etc. Actually contains real angostura bark unlike Angostura Brand Bitters. Like the difference between a regular pastis and absinthe, the small addition of a original ingredient, can make a huge difference. Aged in Jack Daniels barrels in a temperature controlled environment.
First Impression: Ginger, cinnamon, gentian, cardamom, caraway, scents of bitter zest of bark also.
Appearance: Brown caramel/toffee color, lets you keep track of where and how much you used.
Taste: A touch sweeter than the Old Fashioned Aromatic with some oak pepper/char elements with hints of vanilla with a very nice gentian and angostura dryness. Slightly sweeter and a good bit more complex than Angostura Brand bitters with cinnamon, gentian, cassia, quinine, etc. Nice lingering finish.
Drinks: This bitters can be used in the large number of drinks recipes calling for bitters (unless another type is specified) or for baking and cooking.
Bottle: Simple paper wrapped clear glass bottle, with a screwcap closure. It is distinguished from the other bottles by the simple black color of the printing with brown accents at the shoulders in the script work,drawings of upright barrels below the Fee Brothers logo. Black colored shrinkwrap around the top and neck.
Other: Other varieties of bitters include: Aztec Chocolate, Cherry, Celery,Cranberry, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Old Fashioned Aromatic (Angostura),(West Indian) Orange, Peach, Plum, Rhubarb, Black Walnut , and the others of the Whisky Barrel series : Whiskey Barrel Aged 2 (2008), Whiskey Barrel Aged 3 (2009), Whiskey Barrel Aged 4, (2010), and Whiskey Barrel Aged 5 (2011)
Final Thoughts: An interesting addition to any cocktailian’s bar supplies. This product is the *only* bitters commercially available in U.S. that contains real angostura bark as a bittering and flavor component.