Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters

  • Rating: 8
  • Value: 7
Type: ,
Proof: 56 (28%)
Price: $16 200ml (4 0z. approx)
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For the money it adds a LOT of excellent, unique, nuanced flavor .

Notes: One of a series of bitters from a relatively new company in Germany (although, truth-be-told anyone other than Fee, Angostura, Underberg and Peychauds – all in business for over 100 years -is a relative newcomer), Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck the founders of the company, launched their unique products on the market in Germany in 2006, after making homemade bitters at bars because of the lack of any decent commercial bitters

The other bitters in the series are: Bitter Truth Celery Bitters, Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters, Bitter Truth Xocolatl Bitters, Bitter Truth Orange Bitters, Bitter Truth Orange Bitters, and the new Bitter Truth Cajun Bitters.

First Impression: Rather dry, herbal, bitter, spicy and fruity at the same time, citrus fruit notes, bitter calmondon orange, myrrh and cloves in particular.

Appearance: Dark gold brown, fairly thin and free flowing compared to some bitters.

Taste: Fruit, cinnamon, gentian, yarrow, clove, myrrh, orris root and bitter orange notes. Slightly acrid and spicy with interesting floral overlay in the lingering finish. Reminds one of persimmons and ginger.

Drinks: Works well with drinks with fruit – sours, fizzes,etc, but you need more when doing drinks that use vermouth or a brown alcohol base (either whiskies or cognacs).

Bottle: Dark brown glass old-style / apothecary bottle cylindrical bottom half, with a slightly bulbous neck which makes for a comfortable grip.

Other: One of the few bitters that can be found in a liquor store as opposed to a grocery store (at least around here).

Final Thoughts: Nicely done, excellent flavor. Subtle in execution, tasty and interesting. Down side for bean counting bar managers is cost. Yes, it costs 4 times as much as the cheap stuff – but take a look at our Bitter Math page to see how meaningless that is. For the money it adds a LOT of excellent, unique, nuanced flavor .


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