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Archive for the ‘Bitters’ Category

Bitter(s) Review: Fee Brother’s Mint Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 19, 2019

Fees Brothers has been a family business since 1864, and is currently now owned and operated by the fourth generation of the family to do so, Ellen and Joe Fee. The company currently produces about 100 different products including an impressive line-up of Cocktail Bitters.

I wasn’t really sure how to use the Mint Bitters so I checked the Fee Brothers website and learned:

Fee Brothers Mint Bitters may be used as the principal or subordinate flavor in a wide variety of foods and drinks.

As you can see, the website doesn’t really give a person much of an idea of how to to best use the Mint Bitters. This meant I had to experiment, and you can read the results of my efforts by clicking the following link:

Bitter(s) Review: Fee Brother’s Mint Bitters

“… The taste is akin to the flavour of a sharp peppermint candy although not quite as sweet. The peppermint flavour is intense, dry and perhaps just a touch spicy. The colour is a bright iridescent green …”

Please enjoy the review, and if anybody has a cocktail suggestion that actually works, please forward it on, I was stymied.



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Bitter(s) Review: Coster’s Prescription Burnt Citrus Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 9, 2019

Coster’s Prescription Burnt Citrus Bitters are produced by Mark Coster, a Toronto-based wine and spirits importer. I contacted Mark and learned that passion for making bitters began about a decade ago when he would make bitters as gifts for his friends in the spirits trade. According to Coster, he began with Burnt Orange Bitters which were they were apparently a big hit with those friends. His Burnt Orange Bitters would evolve into what is sold today as Coster’s Prescription Burnt Citrus Bitters as in addition to orange, Coster likes to use grapefruit and lemon in the mix as well.

Mark makes all his bitters by himself with no overarching parent company backing his brands. He bottles and labels the bitters by hand and is busy working on a website for his Prescription Bitters. Currently The Crafty Bartender is his chosen distribution outlet.

Here is a link to my latest Bitter Review:

Review: Coster’s Prescription Burnt Citrus Bitters

“… When I placed a drop of the bitters onto my tongue, I found I could taste both orange and orange peel zest, as well as hints of grapefruit and grapefruit zest. There is also a light underlying spiciness of cinnamon. (Bergamot and Tangerine both have orange-like flavours and are probably part of that orange citrus flavour profile as well.) …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a few cocktail suggestions.



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Bitter Review: Dillon’s Black Currant Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 29, 2019

Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers is a small craft producer of spirits located in Beamsville Ontario. They currently produce Vodka and gin (both distilled from Ontario grown Niagara Grapes), as well as both White Rye and Rye Whisky grown from 100% Ontario Rye Grain. The distillery also produces a number of specialty spirits such as Absinthe and Limoncello as well as a line-up of Cocktail Bitters.

It is the Cocktail Bitters which interest me in this review, specifically Dillon’s Black Currant Bitters.

Here is a link to my full review which include two cocktail suggestions:

Bitter Review: Dillon’s Black Currant Bitters

“… I found the bitters had a sharp somewhat tannic taste which represented a flavour of bitter black currants with more than a hint of green grape alongside. Despite the bitterness, a light sweetness comes through as well as does a light backbite of citrus zest and peppery spice …”

Please enjoy the review and do try the cocktails.


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Bitter(s) Review: Old Forester Smoked Cinnamon Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 4, 2019

Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the longest continuously produced Bourbon in the retail market today having begun production in 1870. Additionally it was the first bourbon sold exclusively in sealed bottles. As well as making whiskey, Old Forester produces a line-up of what they call ‘cocktail provisions’ which includes a two syrups, a tincture and three brands of Cocktail Bitters.

Their Smoked Cinnamon Bitters were apparently inspired by Old Forester Master Taster, Jackie Zykan’s paternal matriarchs. As related on the company website,

My grandmother’s den always had a faint smell of sooty, wood burning fireplace. She used to make “whiskey cookies” every Christmas (which were just baking spice packed fruit cake cookies she added a generous helping of whiskey to), which as a child made you feel like you were getting away with something by being allowed to have one.

According to the ingredients list on the bottle, the bitters contain Old Forester Bourbon, Black Tea Cherries, Cedar Smoked Cinnamon, Wild Cherry Bark, Gentian Root and Clove.

Here is a link to my latest Bitter(s) Review:

Bitter(s) Review: Angostura Aromatic Bitters

” … When I put a couple drops on my tongue it was easy to taste the smoky cinnamon flavour which was accented by clove, There was quite a bitter backbone to the flavour which I suspect was a combination of the gentian root and the wild cherry bark as this bitterness carries a similar flavour to wood tannin …”

Please enjoy my review which includes three cocktail suggestions.


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Bitter(s) Review: Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 25, 2019

Nicholas Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz come from a hospitality background. Prior to forming Bittercube they bartended and managed at the Town Talk Diner (Nicholas) in Minneapolis and The Violet Hour (Ira) in Chicago. Nicholas and Ira began producing Bittercube Bitters in 2009. Their company (based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) started by making one gallon batches with real botanicals. Although the batch size is now 210 gallons the handmade process has stayed largely the same as they source botanicals as close to origin as possible to create densely flavored bitters. Bittercube Bitters became available commercially in July, 2010. Today the bitters are found in nearly 30 states and abroad in Canada, Italy and Australia.

According to the company website the Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters are:

Woodsy and aromatic, these rustic bitters have a pleasant aroma of cocoa and bitter almonds, with flavors of vanilla, fennel and star anise.

Here is a link to my full review and cocktail suggestions:

Review: Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

“… When I put a few drops on my tongue to test the flavour for myself, I did indeed find the bitters ‘woodsy’ with a firm impression of woody tannins and tree bark. Bitter vanilla (taste some real vanilla extract and you will know the flavour) and bitter cocoa could both be tasted as was a light licorice like flavour (fennel) …”

Please enjoy my review and the serving suggestions which follow.


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