Well Made, Complex and Delicious – Highly Recommend !
Notes: Dashfire has possibly one of the largest portfolios of bitters by a modern bitters makers with at least 21 different varieties and counting. They also span an interesting variety that encompass single variety flavors ( Orange, Lemon, Lime,Grapefruit, Star Anise, Sichuan, Bayleaf, Hibiscus, Allspice, Cardamom Cinnamon ,Clove , Lavender ,) and other blended type such as Spiced Apple, Creole, Aromatic, J.Thomas ,Vintage Orange and finally the Vagabond Series – Mr. Lee, Chai, and Mole along with Cherries and other delights that may be coming down the road later sometime ….
Appearance: Clear dark reddish brown with slight herbal sedimentation at the bottom of the bottle (which to me is not a fault but an assurance this was made from herbs and not a batch of chemicals from somewhere, and lends a touch of authenticity to a product that was not processed to death)
First Impression: Mulling spices wit a brandied mellow edge to them
Taste: Delicious, spicy cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, allspice, cassia, a winter warmer bundle of bitters.
Drinks: Whiskey, rum and pisco drinks all seemed much improved with these bitters. A very nice alternative to angostura and other similar types of bitters do breathe a little new life or a slight twisting of the classics.
Bottle: Interesting little (1.7 OZ/50 ML ) bottle. Rectangular in shape with a label band in the middle and a nylon dasher top . They also now come in slightly taler bottle with a dropper for more precise measurement or placement of bitters.
Other: Being a brandy base , doubly gluten free than many wheat alcohol based bitters
Final Thoughts: Well made, high quality, and complex. Works well with many different cocktails and as a food flavoring.
Well laid out, fast loading and colorful. Nice descriptions of bitters, photo gallery, where to buy, and a good recipe section with plenty of tips ( including food idea) and a useful if smallish resource guide too. Thoughtful and tastefully done website without a lot of gimmicks.