A bitters made from blackstrap molasses, the by product of extracting sugar from sugarcane. This has been combined with nutmeg and coffee to lean towards a “Caribbean” flavour.
Tasting notes: Roasted coffee beans, crystalised brown sugar - intense but not overly aromatic. Bitter caramel. The flavours are concentrated so a good sweet lifter that might run the risk of clashing with other strong flavours.
Bitters mixed in plain soda water for tasting purposes.
Originating in 1863 Fee Brothers are the stablished guard of boutique bitters. Their West Indian Orange and Old Fashioned Aromatic bitter are particularly staples in bars around the world and they also have a wide range of bespoke flavours. On the more experimental side they have the Whisky Barred Aged and Gin Barrel Aged Orange bitters.
Bitters are used to flavour cocktails and other drinks. Initially rising to prominence in the 1800s and often marketed as a medicinal product, cocktail bitters emerged as the cocktail-making equivalent of ‘salt and pepper’ in cooking. Although the market consolidated during the 20th century, there has been a boom of small, hand-crafted flavours from all over the world since the turn of the millennium.
They add complexity and refinement, helping balance sweet and other flavours. You do not need to be a world-class bartender to enjoy them, however, they can be utilised as simply as adding a few dashes to soda water to add flavour, something particularly effective after a night of indulgence.
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