A unique, high quality alternative to a Angustora type bitter .
Notes: Some noteworthy aspects about these bitters; first and foremost they taste great, sourcing their spirit from Yahara Bay Distillery , and hand preparing and crafting their “raw” ingredients – meaning they use actual herbs and spices they don’t use shortcuts, oils, extracts and adjuncts to make compounded products (compounded is the polite term for the process that produces bathtub gin for example). Instead they hand prepare, infuse, macerate and blend all their products.
Another interesting point is they use actual spirits ( in this case aged whiskey) rather than just neutral grain spirits to macerate most of their products which add quite a bit to their taste overall. Their other products include: Blackstrap Bitters, Bolivar Bitters, Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters, Jamaican #1 Bitters,Jamaican #2 Bitters, and Orange Bitters.
Obligatory Bitters Rave: Part of the almost demise of bitters in general is the sloppy research and omission of bitters in many modern cocktail books – many people say “They don’t use bitters in drinks anymore so why mention them in a recipe?” which of course just adds to the problem. If a book doesn’t mention bitters for at least martinis and manhattans don’t buy it! It means the person who wrote it has no idea what they are doing and are perpetuating mediocre books and ignorance. Bitters blend the other ingredients together, add many layers and depths of flavor, and may even help your digestion.
First Impression: Molasses, cinnamon, sassafras, and clove.
Appearance: Gold brown with very slight haze/suspension (expected with natural and/or handmade product that is not processed to death – a positive sign in my mind) .
Taste: Quite aromatic. Primary tastes are molasses , a couple of different but harmonious cinnamons, sassafras, sasaparilla and clove. Drying finish is medium-to-long and very pleasant.
Drinks: A great bitters for brown or dark drinks, add a great deal of depth and complexity.
Bottle: 1 oz with dropper dark brown glass bottle with attractive paper label design. The blackstrap has a turquoise blue field on the label to distinguish it from the others.
Final Thoughts: An excellent new bitter very worthy of inclusion to a cocktailians bitters cupboard.