May 2014 - The “Bitter Battle”

This month's Spirits feature is The “Bitter Battle”
The “Bitter Battle” Reviews
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The Bitter Truth
Peach Bitters
On its own nice dried peach, ground nut, and savory soy aromas lead. On the palate, a bit of sarsaparilla and cola emerge. In the Martini cocktail, fresh peach notes appear nicely on the body and finish versus the nose and compliment and amplify the citrus notes of the martini quite deliciously. And if you ever wanted to try a shot of bitters, try this one.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206404
Bittered Sling
Cascade Celery Bitters
Aromas of celery salt and lemon pepper. Palate confirms the nose with a hint of white toffee. In the Pisco Sour the celery and peppercorn notes show well on the nose and body and give the cocktail and more savory, dry, culinary quality topped with a lemon chiffon note. Very nice and very versatile bitters.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Bittered Sling
Malagasy Chocolate Bitters
Aromas of chocolate covered lemon peels, potpourri, and verbena. Perfume notes amplify on the palate with an almost eau-de-vie like quality. In the Pisco Sour cocktail, the chocolate plays nicely with the lime and pisco, tasting almost like and chocolate lemon poppyseed muffin. Fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206403
Bittered Sling
Kensington Dry Aromatic Bitters
Very savory herb and spice aromas suggest bbq rubbed meat in the best possible way. On the palate, mixed peppercorn, saffron, and raw golden beet notes emerge. In the Old Fashioned cocktail the savory herb and spice and meaty character meshes well with the bourbon’s caramelized nuttiness and makes the orange notes like spice cake. A savory and transformative bitters that will work well for cocktail pairing dinners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Peychaud’s
Aromatic Cocktail Bitters
Distinctive crimson color. Complex aromas of anise, nutmeg, clove, and pomegranate. On the palate, subtle and integrated brown spice, celery stalk, and pepper bread like notes. In the Martini cocktail, the bitters continue their nuanced journey and round out all the edges of the cocktail very nicely with a nice licorice note. Subtle, but effective.
90 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206407
Bittered Sling
Grapefruit & Hops Bitters
On the nose, pleasant grapefruit, coriander, and grassy, leafy aromas lead. On the palate a distinctive piney hop note emerges. In the Martini, the hop note really jumps on and supports the juniper and citrus, giving a surprisingly fruity, creamy quality to the cocktail. These bitters will make crowd pleasing drinks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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The Bitter Truth
Tonic Bitters
On the nose, very herb driven with dried seaweed and tobacco notes. On the palate the bitters and subtle and give a dusty earthy, jicama and radish root vegetable note combined with cola nut. This dry earthiness continues in the Martini cocktail on the nose and amplifies the piney juniper quality of the gin throughout and gives a distinctive dried lime note on the finish. A refined bitters for seriously dry cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Bittered Sling
Plum & Rootbeer Bitters
Aromas of black licorice and root beer lead with a singed molasses backnote. The palate confirms the nose, but more sassafras like. In the Pisco Sour, the root notes set up a tension in the cocktail and the citrus was disjointed. Try in amaro, whisky, or mezcal cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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