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Archive for the ‘Bitters’ Category

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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Bitter Reviews: Fee Aztec Chocolate Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 18, 2019

According to their company website Fee 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,

Fee Aztec Chocolate bitters were inspired by the idea that Ancient Aztecs would celebrate with a bitter beverage made of cacao beans, peppers and spices. Fee Brothers recommends that you use a few dashes of Fee’s Aztec Chocolate Bitters to expand the flavor of your cocktails.

Here is a link to my review of the Aztec Chocolate Bitters:

Review: Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

“… If you allow a drop to be added it to your mouth instead of the cocktail, you will find the flavour is indeed all about intense chocolate and this chocolate flavour is supported by a nice spicy bite of what appears to be cinnamon …”

Please enjoy the bitter(s) review and the cocktail which accompanies my thoughts.


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Bitter(s) Review: Bittermens Boston Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 8, 2019

Bittermens Boston Bittahs were formulated in the summer of 2008 from a combination of combination of citrus & chamomile. The formulation was originally called “Summer Bitters” but the name was changed to Boston Bittahs later that year as the new flavour combination celebrated both the return of summer and a return to Boston after 14 years.

According to the company website:

It’s citrus, citrus, citrus and more citrus, supported with a heavy dose of chamomile. We think it smells like summer. Try it in your favorite fizz, sour or bright tropical drink. It works extremely well with pisco and scotch as well.

Here is a link to my thoughts regarding Boston Bittahs:

Review: Bittermens Boston Bittahs

“… I was glad when I discovered that Bittermens recommended Boston Bittahs in fizz style drinks and citrus cocktails as this meshed with my observations. Tall Rye and Ginger-ale drinks, Tom Collins and Palomas, and shorter ‘Gimlet’ style cocktails all seem to work with Boston Bittahs …”

Please enjoy the review and my suggested cocktail (the Boston Patriot) at the conclusion.


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Bitter(s) Review: Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 25, 2019

Over the course of this year I plan to review 25 different brands of bitters and these reviews will be compiled on my Cocktail Bitters Review page found here. This page displays most of the brands I will review with links to each review. (Of course the links for a particular review will not open until that review is published.)

I will of course expand this list as I receive more brands to review. My policy for receiving samples of Bitters will be much the same as it is for spirits, albeit I will be able to accept much smaller sample sizes than 200 ml. A 50 ml sample bottle is more than ample.

I am going to kick off a this series of Bitters Reviews with Angostura Aromatic Bitters.

Angostura’s Aromatic Bitters were first produced in 1824, in the town of Angostura (now Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela) by Dr. Johann Siegert who created his 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 both cocktails and food.

Here is my link to my first Bitter(s) Review, I hope you enjoy it:

Review: Angostura Aromatic Bitters

“… If you put a drop of Angostura Aromatic Bitters on your tongue instead of in your cocktail you will find that they have a very complex bold and yes, quite bitter, flavour. You can taste cloves and hints of cinnamon, bits of cocoa and what I can only describe as tree bark (kinda like cedar) …”

Enjoy the review and the cocktail suggestion included.


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