A fairly straightforward and lean celery bitters.
Notes: Fee Brothers has been in business since April 1,1864 in Rochester, New York (home of Spiritsreview.com!). Along with being one of the few remaining manufacturers of bitters, they also are one of the largest bar mixes and supply firms in the U.S. and produce flavorings and syrups for coffee shops, restaurants, etc.
First Impression: Smells like bitter quinine, caramel. Scents of bitter zest of bark also in the background.
Appearance: Clear to translucent, a pulpy white green in color, thick and slightly viscous – reminds me of aloe juice drinks in texture.
Taste: Bitter, slightly pulpy with celery, think celery and aspirin or quinine taste. They seem sto be using their standard bittering agent which tend to taste the same across their flavors. Somewhat artificial tail or aftertaste but would probably be unnoticed in a drink.
Drinks: Not really sure of how to use this one. Almost all the recipes you find are pre-Prohibition and a trifle odd. Good in a gin martini, if a touch simple.
Bottle: Simple paper wrapped clear glass bottle, with a screwcap closure. It is distinguished from the other bottles by the celery green color of the printing and dark green colored shrinkwrap around the top and neck.
Other: Other varieties of bitters include: Aztec Chocolate, Cherry, Cranberry,Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, Old Fashioned Aromatic (Angostura), (West Indian) Orange, Peach, Plum, Rhubarb, Black Walnut , and the Whisky Barrel series: Whiskey Barrel Aged 1 (2007) , Whiskey Barrel Aged 2 (2008), Whiskey Barrel Aged 3 (2009), Whiskey Barrel Aged 4, (2010), and Whiskey Barrel Aged 5 (2011)
Final Thoughts: Somewhat of a celery bitter and little else – some could call it a bit one dimensional and others would call it true to the taste of celery with not a lot of distracting additional flavors. An interesting addition to any cocktailian’s bar supplies I suppose but of somewhat limited utility. However it may be a fun item to experiment with – anything you come up with using it is probably a new and unique drink that can show your creativity. This product is one of the few Celery bitters commercially available in U.S., the other one being the Bitter Truth Celery Bitters from Germany.