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July 2017 - The Bitter Battle®

July 2017 - The Bitter Battle®
This month's Spirits feature is Cocktails Bitters

The Bitter Battle® Reviews

The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Roots Bitters
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, orange-peach chutney, and fig bread with a round, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with nuances of creme brulee, brown spices, and leather finish. In an Old Fashioned these bitters dovetail completely and add dried fig, licorice and spice notes to compliment the cocktail.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Weatherby’s Orange Saffron Bitters
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of juniper, orange fruit cake, pine sap, and saffron with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish evoking accents of orange peel, pine, cardamom, and chamomile and pollen finish. In a gin martini these bitters add delicious orange spice cake and fruit cake bass notes that offset the herbal juniper forward gin and then an ethereal saffron high note that lingers.
94 points $18 Best Buy
The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Nut Bitters
87 points
$18
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of bourbon barrel, dark caramelized nuts, dark raisin bread, and maple sap and bark with a round, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate toffee, delicate fenugreek, roasted chestnuts and sassafras, and oak and limestone finish. in an Old Fashioned these bitters amplify the woody notes of the bourbon making a younger bourbon taste older and bringing out the minerally charred barrel notes throughout.
The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters
86 points
$16
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of juniper and lemon marinade, smoked nuts and meats, olive brine and soy, and geranium with a supple, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish displaying suggestions of flaming citrus, olive stuffed with smoked cheese and ham, and honey finish. In the gin martini the woodsy, smoky, olive notes mesh nicely creating a dirty martini with a savory stuffed olive effect.
The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Wood Bitters
85 points
$18
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, creme brulee, lime gelato, and smoked paprika and purple carrots with an fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium finish imparting accents of pu-erh tea and hint of cola float finish. These bitters add an interesting smoky, almost BBQ rub element that make a cocktail more complex, toasty and dessert-like without getting heavy and cloying.
The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Blossom Bitters
84 points
$18
Bright mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of lemon chiffon, floral honeycomb, duck egg, and fish sauce with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a breezy finish that exhibits touches of citrus pith and gentian, hibiscus tea, sarsaparilla, and lavender perfume and potpourri finish. These bitters bring a distinctive earthy, almost animal quality to a pisco sour, making the egg seem like duck or ostrich egg; interesting.
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