Rooty, spicy,,angustora, absinthe, grapefruit. Interesting if challenging.
Notes: One of a series of bitters from a relatively new company in American company – although truth be told anyone other than Fee, Angostura, Underberg and Peychauds – all in business for over 100 years -is a relative newcomer ) , the founders of the company, Janet and Avery launched their unique products on the market in 2007.
The other bitters in the regular series are: Bittermens ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters, Bittermens Boston Bittahs, and Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters, there also may be seasonal bitters of different flavors coming out in the future.
First Impression: Curious combination of mustiness and spice at the same time, with hints of bitter, grapefruit
Appearance: Green brown, fairly thin and free flowing compared to some bitters.
Taste: Rather dry, grapefruit with herbal and spice notes. Fruity and bitter at the same time, dry fruit notes with a vegetal bitterness in a pleasant way, imagine grapefruit, and myrrh
Drinks: Works nicely with spicy/herbal liquors such as tequila, gin and sotol.
Bottle: Dark cobalt blue glass old-style / tincture bottle with a built in eyedropper in the screw on cap for ease of use
Other: Dropper eliminates imprecision in using (rather than a dash type top)
Final Thoughts: An interesting alternative bitters- somewhere between a angostura and a absinthe in terms of the flavor palette it renders up with of course grapefruit . Could also be used as a minor absinthe substitute as an accent to a cocktail. Well made if not the most useful of bitters in terms of recipes that actually call for them. This is however rectified by imagination and talent. If you worry about the cost compared to the cheap incarnations of grapefruit bitters take a look at our Bitter Math page to see how meaningless that is