BITTERS, OLD MEN – Papaya Bitters

  • Rating: 8
  • Value: 8
Type: ,
Proof: 88 (44 %)
Age: Not Applicable
Price: $10.00 1 oz.
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Nicely balanced and only papaya bitter we know of.

Notes: One of a series of bitters from a relatively new company in New York City (although truth be told anyone other than FeeAngosturaUnderberg andPeychauds – all in business for over 100 years – is a relative newcomer). The company was started by by Zach Feldman a couple years ago after making homemade bitters as a project for a magazine article: he got bitten by the bitters bug. He went commercial almost two years ago – and hasn’t looked back since.

The other bitters in the series are: Bitters,Old Men Gangster Lee’n Bitters,Bitters,Old Men Great in ’28 BittersBitters, Old Men Isaan Another Level BittersBitters, Old Men Krangostura BittersBitters, Old Men Prickled Pink BittersBitters, Old Men, Roasted Macadamia Bitters , Bitters Old Men Peach Basil Bitters,  Bitters, Old Men Smoke Gets In Your Bitters Bitters and a Bitters, Old Men Restorative Tonic

*As a sidebar we are going to coin a new phrase (as of Sept 7, 2011) and use the term New World Bitters to describe bitters that are not a traditional company, style or flavor such as Angostura (the brand named after a town) , Angustura (the actual ingredient in some bitters), Abbots, Bokers, Peychauds, Bitter Orange, Mint, Grapefruit etc., and are usually a new blend or hybrid of ingredients to distinguish them from the more traditional ones.

Appearance Light straw gold and slightly translucent/hazy in appearance. Does not have the dyes others use to color to darken or enhance their bitters.

First Impression: Papaya, some other citrus scents and a hint of gentian root and the back giving it a more balanced rather than overly sweet smell.

Very true to the papaya, papaya and kiss of sweetness folowed by a rapid bitter surge from the gentian. Pleasantly sweet to bitter balance – unlike some bitters that taste like gummi fruit lifesavers and St Joseph aspirin in their pathetic attempts to make a fruit bitter.

Drinks: Suggestions from the maker includes Sake and some brandies, personally I think it also works with pisco, rum, and occasionally gin also.

Bottle: Clear glass old-style bottle with built in glass eyedropper with attractive graphics on paper labels (which are rather difficult  to read – tiny fonts).

Other: They use local ingredients whenever possible. . .

Final Thoughts: A nice addition to your bitters cabinet . No one else to our knowledge makes a papaya bitters


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