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Archive for the ‘Bitters’ Category

Bitter Review: Bittercube Jamaican No. 1 Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 17, 2021

After much delay, I have finally found the time to continue with my examinations of various Bitters which have made their way into my local market. Today I will look at Bittercube Jamaican No. 1 Bitters.

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.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Bittercube Jamaican No. 1 Bitters

“… I immediately noticed the heated cloves, ginger and black pepper. Pungent allspice is also at the front of the flavour with hints of cinnamon trailing a little behind. Citrus peel seems to be present, and after that the flavours seem to become indistinct …”

Please enjoy the review, and my cocktail suggestion, El Padre.



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Bitter(s) Review: Angostura Orange Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 17, 2019

Angostura Aromatic Bitters were first produced in 1824, in the town of Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela) by Dr. Johann Siegert who created his aromatic bitters as a medicinal treatment to alleviate digestive and stomach ailments. In the 1870’s the brand was moved to Trinidad, where Johann Siegert’s son, Don Carlos established the aromatic bitters as a complementary ingredient for cocktails and in food.

Angostura Orange Bitters were launched in 2007 providing an innovative new flavour of bitters for cocktail enthusiasts.

According to the company website:

Made from its own special recipe, ANGOSTURA® orange bitters is a complex blend of tropical oranges and spices. “The soul of an exceptional dry martini”; it is wonderfully versatile and pairs perfectly with vodka, gin and whisky. It also adds a depth of flavour to rum cocktails …

You may read my full review which includes a wonderful Tequila cocktail suggestion (El Hereje) by using the following link to my review page:

Review: Angostura Orange Bitters

” … When I put a small amount of the Orange Bitters on my tongue I immediately note a sharp taste of orange zest. (In fact, Angostura makes the claim that their bitters can be used as a substitute for orange zest for cooking and baking.) There is a very dry characteristic to the zesty flavour almost as if the bitters contain some sort of dry alkali spice as well as a light menthol characteristic. These are secondary impressions to be sure as orange zest dominates the bitters …”

Please enjoy my the review.


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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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