A lovely lavender bitter. Just haven’t found a lot of use for it – yet.
Notes: One of a series of bitters from a relatively new company in Seattle Washington (although truth be told anyone other than Fee, Angostura,Underberg and Peychauds – all in business for over 100 years -is a relative newcomer). Founded by Thomas Miles of Tavern Law a couple years ago after making homemade bitters at the bar because of the lack of any decent commercial bitters (much like a few other small bitters companies).
The other bitters in the series are: Scrappy’s Lemon Bitters, Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters, Scrappy’s Celery Bitters , Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters, Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters,Scrappy’s Lime Bitters, and Scrappy’s Orange Bitters.
Appearance: Brown gold, almost a goldenrod color , slightly oily body to it. Does not have the dyes others use to color to darken their bitters and hence has a very natural look.
First Impression: Very intensely dry floral lavender, with a bitter almost alkali/dry notes backstopping the floral.
Taste: Very flowerily and yet very dry with a big backdrop of earthy spices (cardamom, gentian, cumin?) with the lavender oil.
Drinks: Adds a some very distinctive and rare lavender elements with far more nuance and complexity than a lavender water could ever accomplish. For a non-alcoholic use it is a lovely addition to your mineral water also. That being said we are experimenting heavily to decide where and which drinks exactly we can use this new bitters in.
Bottle: Clear glass old-style / apothecary bottle bitters type bottle with matching style of graphics on paper labels.
Other: They use organic ingredients whenever possible. Bitters are also available 1/2 0z bottles in gift packs and for easier carrying.
Final Thoughts: A very original and well done bitters. A definite must have for anyone who is serious about their bitters. 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. While frankly the utility of this bitter may not be as much as some it is absolutely spot on as a flavoring and one helluva piece of bitters alchemy to capture the elusive lavender so well in a bottle.