May 2015 - The Bitter Battle

This month's Spirits feature is The “Bitter Battle”
The Bitter Battle Reviews
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The Bitter Truth
Cucumber Bitters
Tasted as a Pisco Sour cocktail. Golden amber color. Peppery, earthy fruity curious aromas of marinated cucumbers, cracked pepper, and fleur de sel with a body and a cucumber slices and squash finish. The cucumber flavor of this bitter meshes nicely with the floral notes of the pisco in the pisco sour and add a nice layer of spice giving a creamy meringue like effect.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210379
Regans’
No. 6 Orange Bitters
Tasted as a Gin Martini cocktail. Brilliant bright gold color. Interesting, complex smoky woody aromas of smoked peppercorns, pine bark, coriander, and gentian with a body and a lemongrass, wet cedar, and grapefruit rind finish. This earthy bitters meshes well in the martini the pineyness of the juniper is really amplified and the overall effect is a very woodsy fall like one with the spice in support.
93 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210034
Dutch’s Spirits
Colonial Bitters
Tasted as an Old Fashioned cocktail. Bright hazy copper color. Woody, complex oaky spicy aromas of mace, saffron, anise, and pepper marinated meat with a body and a sassafras, cola, and salt and pepper finish. This bitters adds meaty earthy bases notes to the old fashioned cocktail while popping the cherry flavor; this will work great with all whisky based cocktails.
93 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210035
Dutch’s Spirits
Boomtown Bitters
Tasted as an Old Fashioned cocktail. Clear amber color. Spicy, savory aromas of sandalwood incense, Indian spices, gingerbread, and honeyed citrus with a body and a nougat finish. This bitters integrates perfectly and adds multiple layers of exotic spice and earthy incense-like tones to the old fashioned cocktail; a super choice for whisky, rum and Asian themed cocktails.
93 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210036
Dutch’s Spirits
Prohibitters
Tasted as a Gin Martini cocktail. Bright dark amber color. Spicy, attractive aromas of ginger beer, orange cake, honey lemon tea, and dried spices with a body and a dried orange, clove, and mace finish. This orange bitters really amplifies the martini and gives it more layers of citrus and spice complexity.
90 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208472
Horror Infused
Fiendishly Tropical Bitters
Tasted as a Gin Martini cocktail. Dark amber copper color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, clove, dried citrus, and vanilla bean with a body and a lemon, orange, and anise finish. The citrus character of this bitters is not as pronounced as the spice elements and the martini definitely showcases the spice with some citrus in support.
89 points $13.13
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210391
Door County Distillery
"Cherry Bluff Infusion"
Tasted as a Pisco Sour cocktail. Bright gold color. Interesting, complex aromas of melon, rhubarb, spiced meringue, and tonka bean with a body and a cucumber and gentian finish with no tannins. The bitters integrates seamlessly into the pisco sour and it’s effect is to add a layer of baking spice depth transforming the cocktail into a liquid Key lime pie.
87 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210550
Urban Moonshine
Maple
Tasted as a Pisco Sour cocktail. Cloudy copper color. Earthy, woody aromas of pine sap, pepper dust, lemongrass, and lawn mower gas with a body and a tree bark, gentian, cardamom, and cologne finish. These bitters are quite austere and woody and would complement smoky mezcal cocktails or Indian inspired rum cocktails.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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