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 Bitters, Bitters, Old Men Isaan Another Level Bitters, Bitters, Old Men Krangostura Bitters,Bitters, Old Men Papaya Bitters, Bitters, Old Men Prickled Pink Bitters, Bitters, 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
Appearance: Clear 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.
Taste: 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.