About Aromatic Bitters

Serve in a Cocktail Glass
Aromatic bitters contain spices such as cinnamon, anise and allspice among their ingredients, which gives these bitters more perfumed fruitier and floral notes. Flavor characteristics range from mincemeat to fennel to carrot and banana; the aromatic bitters definitely round out and add some zestiness as well as some tang to cocktails.
Top Picks for Aromatic Bitters
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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
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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
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Riemerschmid
Angobitters Bitter
Tasted as an Old Fashioned cocktail. Opaque sedimentary mahogany color. Lively, woody aromas and flavors of spice barks, sandalwood, exotic peppercorns, and rhubarb and green tomato with a supple, bright, dry body and an interesting, medium-length dried citrus and earth finish. This a vivacious and well-balanced bitters that adds a lot of warm, woody spice tones to cocktails, in particular whisky-based cocktails like the old fashioned.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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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
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ERA
Origins Bitters
Tasted as an Old Fashioned cocktail. Opaque bronze color. Bright, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of licorice and clove, chocolate nuts, fig-date bread, and pencil shavings with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy peppercorns and cologne-like spices finish. A subtle, anise-led cocktail bitters that adds a pleasant licorice high note to cocktails.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab