Dutch’s Spirits Boom Town Cocktail Bitters

  • Rating: 8
  • Value: 7
Proof: 120 (60%)
Price: $19.95 4 Oz Bottle
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Fun and odd, interesting in whiskey cocktails or club soda

Notes: Made in the original Dutch Schultz Bootleg Distillery in Pine Plains, New York, Where moonshine for New York Cities thirsty masses where longing for alcohol during the long dark night of prohibition in this country (1919-1933). Restored (at least most of it – some of it remains off limits due to insurance) and revived Dutch’s Spirits now produces a series of three bitters, this the Boom Town Cocktail Bitters, Colonial Cocktail Bitters, and Prohi-Bitters, along with Dutch’s Spirits New York Sugar Wash Moonshine.
The Boom Town Cocktail bitters include among other spices the following; Hungarian angelica seed, Pakistani red rose petals, Gabon sandalwood, French lavender, American bitter orange peel, and Egyptian chamomile. Smaller amounts of juniper, Mexican allspice, and real Ceylon cinnamon ( a much more fragrant but milder form a cinnamon)

Appearance: Clear and very light gold in color.

First Impression: Mad hit of wintergreen and cola/sarsaparilla

Taste: Heavy wintergreen,roots and herbs. Think old style sodas or maybe a heavy chinnotto, menta branch etc., with coconut and lots of oak giving it a somewhat nutlike overtones.

Drinks: Works well with whiskies. Try using it in cocktails calling for a chocolate or nut bitters for a different twist.

Bottle: Comes in two sizes that are very different from each other.The 1 OZ size (that is found in a 3 pack of Prohi -Bitters, Boomtown, and Colonial for $15.95) comes in a very dark brown pharmaceutical bottle with a very high grade nylon dasher insert that delivers a 3 drop dash quite consistently. The 4 OZ bottles are the same shade of glass but have dropper caps for more precise dosage or placement of bitters ( quite useful for Pisco Sours and such)

Other: This photo shows  the one oz bottle from the 3 pack set. The 4 Oz bottles have Dropper Stoppers on them. Also check out their DIY kits for Williams Sonoma (on their website and Williams Sonoma)

Final Thoughts: While we don’t like it as much as some of their others personally, it is a well done if idiosyncratic bitter. As noted before a 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.


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