Fee Brothers Turkish Tobacco Bitters

  • Rating: 8
  • Value: 7
Price: $10 5fl oz (150 ML)

Quite an interesting bitters for your brown spirits and even some white ones.Unlike other tobacco bitters this one is non toxic …


Notes: Fee Brothers is one of the oldest continuously operating bitters companies in the world. Founded on April 1st1864 in Rochester, New York, Fee Brothers was also one of the last companies in the world to make bitters for years. Only recently have we seen the explosion of bitter startups blossom into a respectable industry again. They also make a large variety of syrups, mixers, and flavorings for the beverage trade and are known the world over – if not so much in Rochester itself.

In case anyone is wondering, This product does not actually contain tobacco- it is made from spices to simulate the taste of sundried Yenidje or Sobranie tobacco. The actual use of tobacco in food products is generally frowned upon in these enlightened times and highly unusual ( not to mention potentially dangerous). Fee Brothers Turkish Tobacco Bitters is designed to give you most ( if not all) of the flavor without poisoning you or giving you cancer in thirty years’ time. Not a bad tradeoff.

Appearance: Clear, brown, slightly viscous, looks like tobacco juice, just less tarry-looking.

First Impression: Strong elements of clove, nutmeg, robusta coffee ( think prison coffee), butyl rubber, and hints of sweetness and solvent.

Taste: Delicious, dark notes of tobacco and cloves at first, Muck like the now-banned Djarum and Kretek cigarettes, with some nutmeg and expresso thrown in. Reminds me of coffee and those unfiltered Gauloise cigarettes in the blue packets with a sugary finish to it.

Drinks: The Mezcal Margarita cocktail showcases the possibilities of the Turkish Bitters. Another possible is for fans of Mad Men – If you want to get the taste of a real Martini back then, you need some serious non-filtered cigarette overtones to your gin; this Bitters is perfect for that! Without having to indulge in the cigarettes. This, of course, holds true to any other cocktail of the period also.

Bottle: Simple paper-wrapped clear glass bottle with a screw cap closure. This is the way they have always done it and is a signature of their brand. Simple, easy to read, and somewhat retro typeface executed in brown/gold lettering.

Other: Other varieties of bitters include: Aztec Chocolate, Cherry, Celery, Cranberry, Grapefruit, Gin Barreled Aged Orange Bitters (2014 release), Lemon, LimeMint, MolassesOld Fashioned Aromatic (Angostura),(West Indian) Orange, Peach, Plum, Rhubarb, Black Walnut, Molasses 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), Whiskey Barrel Aged 5 (2011),  Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters 8 (2014), Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters 9 (2015),  and Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters 11 (2017)

Please consult our Bitter Math Page for comparative price costs for cheap vs. higher-end bitters for how much difference in cost there is per drink – especially if you are a bartender who needs to make a case to a manager to go for that particular bitter you want, or just someone who wants to make that expensive bitter more palatable to both your taste AND your wallet….

Final Thoughts: A very interesting and nontoxic take on tobacco bitters that is a definite addition to your bitters rack ( or, in some cases, a cabinet for the bitters obsessed).

A fairly simple and straightforward site. If you want to order bitters, I would suggest either Amazon ( below)


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