BITTERS, OLD MEN – Gangster Lee’n Bitters

  • Rating: 9
  • Value: 8
Ingredients: , , , ,
Proof: 88 (44 %)
Age: Not Applicable
Price: $10.00 1 oz.

Unique even by Bitters, Old Men Standards but lots of potential in a smalll bottle.

Notes: One of a series of bitters from Bitters,Old Men in New York City. The other bitters in the series are: Bitters,Old Men Great in ’28 BittersBitters, Old Men Isaan Another Level BittersBitters, Old Men Krangostura Bitters,Bitters, Old Men Papaya 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

AppearanceClear amber gold, slightly oily body to it. Does not have the dyes others use to color to darken their bitters.

First Impression: Reminds me heavily of a German butcher shop where they have a lot of smoked sausages. Other aromas are suggestive of smoke, smoked meat, almonds and spices.

Very smoky and meaty with a nice gentian bitter finish to it, kind of like a dry smoked bbq or sausage taste with a slightly buttery tamari smoked almond flavor.

Drinks: Adds a some very nice depth of flavor and a celery seed like taste without a lot of other distracting flavors that some bitters like to add. For a non-alcoholic use it is a lovely addition to your mineral water 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: Down side for bean counting bar managers is cost. Yes, it costs four times as much as the cheap stuff – but take a look at our Bitter Math page to see how meaningless that is. While frankly the utility of this bitter may not be as much as some of its’ brethren are , it is  a very unique blend of flavors that should challenge and delight any bartender or mixologist who chooses to use them. I see a lot of potential and new cocktails that you could make with these that would be impossible without them.


Sort reviews by: