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Aug16

Who Has the Most Bitters?

various lusty bitters

Alright bitters collector. This is your time to shine. Think you have more bitters than your neighbor? Well of course – your neighbor probably doesn’t even have Strega. Gosh. But what about another cocktail enthusiast – one who seeks out new bitters like a rum collector who thinks his collection of 120 bottles simply won’t due.

The quest for bitters is like nothing I’ve seen before in the world of cocktails; sure, we all collect hard-to-find spirits, but bitters is a dirty fetish – like being a “Whedonite.” For example, if I were to take the label off of a nondescript bitters bottle, design a completely new label and call it Sherry Cask-aged Umami Bitters, I could sell them to 100 people in about three hours. Hell, I’d buy them.

What does this teach us? Well, that bitters are awesome and magical. They transform one-note cocktails into bouquets of intensity. Imagine a Sazerac without Peychaud’s bitters or a Manhattan without aromatic ones. I know, I cringed too.

What Bitters Do You Have?

I’m pretty confident in the large stack of leather gloves that will be tossed onto the ground in the comments section. One-upmanship will be grand (well, at least until Jay adds his list), but can you also pick your two favorite bitters?

Kaiser Penguin’s Bitters

  • Angostura
  • Angostura Orange
  • Bitter Truth Aromatic
  • Bitter Truth Celery
  • Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas
  • Bitter Truth Lemon
  • Bitter Truth Orange
  • Bitter Truth Repeal Day
  • Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
  • Fee’s Cherry
  • Fee’s Grapefruit
  • Fee’s Lemon
  • Fee’s Old Fashioned
  • Fee’s Orange
  • Fee’s Peach
  • Fee’s Rhubarb
  • Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged
  • John’s Celery
  • Marshall’s Moonshine
  • Peychaud’s
  • Regan’s Orange #5
  • Stirring’s Orange
  • TraderTiki’s Falernum
  • Vidiot’s Fig

Fernet Flip

  • 2oz Fernet Branca
  • 1/2oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Bittermens Xocalatl Mole bitters
  • 1 egg white

Add all ingredients to your shaker and dry shake. Then add cracked ice and shake again like a hamster running on a wheel, for at least one full minute. Double strain into a delicate chilled cocktail glass.

Rick from Kaiser Penguin

I couldn’t leave you without a cocktail! I crafted this sly harpy the other night as a riff on my Fernet Old Fashioned which I’ve probably consumed more of than any other potion this year. You know how absinthe turns into a fluffy cloud of joy when put into a suissesse? Well, imagine nodding off onto a pillow of Fernet – kind of like sleeping on Grandpa’s knee.

KP Questions

  1. What bitters do you have?
  2. What are your two favorite?

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40 Comments to “ Who Has the Most Bitters?”
  1. Angostura
    Angostura Orange
    Peychaud’s
    Regan’s Orange
    Forrest Floor Aromatic
    Bitter Truth Aromatic
    Bitter Truth Celery
    Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas
    Bitter Truth Lemon
    Bitter Truth Orange
    Bitter Truth Repeal Day
    Fee Brothers Grapefruit
    Fee Brothers Rhubarb
    Fee Brothers Peach
    Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel
    Amargo Chuncho Peruvian Bitters
    Trader Tiki Falernum Bitters
    Marshall’s Moonshine Bitters
    Vidiot’s Fig Bitters

    I think I have some of John’s celery bitters around somewhere too, but I can’t remember.

    My favorites are Peychaud’s and…um…and…probably Angostura because of its versatility. In terms of raw flavor I’m in love with the Fee Brothers Rhubarb, but I don’t use it in a lot of drinks.

  2. TiareNo Gravatar says:

    Fun post!

    Here´s my list:

    Angostura
    Angostura orange
    My homemade grapefruit bitters (Chucks recipe)
    My homemade Campari bitters
    My homemade banana-tobacco bitters
    Bitter Truth Aromatic
    Bitter Truth Celery
    Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas
    Bitter Truth Lemon
    Bitter Truth Orange
    Fee’s Cherry
    Fee’s Grapefruit
    Bob´s cardamom bitters
    Bob´s lavender bitters
    Bob´s licorice bitters
    Bob´s coriander bitters
    Bob´s vanilla bitters
    Bob´s grapefruit bitters
    Bob´s ginger bitters
    Marshall’s Moonshine
    Peychaud’s
    Trader Tiki`s falernum bitters
    Trader Tiki´s Dry Fly bitters
    Adam`s Boker´s bitters

    My two favorite bitters are Peychauds and then i think i have to say Bitter Truth Celery – at least for the moment.But Peychauds will always be my favorite.

    I really do lack many bitters though that i need to get asap – like Bittermens Xocolatl Mole, the Whiskey Barrel-aged and Rhubarb.

    One thing i really would like to have is blood orange bitters.

    I just wonder where is the line between being a bitters collector or a bitters fetichist?

    T

  3. Angostura
    Angostura Orange
    Bitter Truth Aromatic
    Bitter Truth Celery
    Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas
    Bitter Truth Lemon
    Bitter Truth Orange
    Bitter Truth Repeal Day
    Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
    Bittermen’s Grapefruit
    Fee’s Cherry
    Fee’s Grapefruit
    Fee’s Lemon
    Fee’s Old Fashioned
    Fee’s Orange
    Fee’s Peach
    Fee’s Rhubarb
    Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged 2007
    Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged 2008
    Fee’s Mint
    Fee’s Aztec Chocolate
    Peychaud’s
    Regan’s Orange #5
    Stirring’s Orange
    Max’s Homemade falernum bitters
    Max’s Homemade 5 spice orange bitters
    Max’s Homemade vanilla tobacco bitters
    Max’s Homemade miracle fruit bitters (spent a fortune to make these)
    Max’s Homemade burnt caramel bitters
    Max’a Homemade 2008 Christmas bitters (pine, mace, clove) one time bottling
    Max’s Homemade orchard apple bitters
    Wild Maine Blueberry Bitters
    Amargo Chuncho Peruvian Bitters
    Adam’s Boker Bitters (put the order in)
    Underberg Bitters
    Swedish Bitters
    Japanese Lemon Bitters
    Suntory Aromatic Bitters
    Suntory Orange Bitters

    2 favorites
    homemade Christmas biters
    BT Jerry Thomas bitters

  4. Basically the same as your list, except no Repeal Day, Bitterman’s (yet), or Vidiot Fig. Am working on some oak-aged orange bitters and an undisclosed secret.

  5. TiareNo Gravatar says:

    Seeing that extensive list i just realized i forgot to add my swedish bitters to my list.

    And two more i need to get..Fees Aztec chocolate and i need to make a burnt caramel bitters – sounds yummy.Is there any recipe for that?

    T

  6. Shirow66No Gravatar says:

    I got Angostura regular and Angostura Orange. I honestly don’t see a need for any other bitters, but I would like to try Peychaud’s and Grapefruit bitters some time.
    Sadly bitters are a hard commodity here in Sweden. I was honestly surprised to find the Angostura Orange on a shelf here a couple months back. Rhubarb sounds delish!

  7. Shirow66No Gravatar says:

    I meant rare commodity. And Matt, you probably meant “120 bottles simply won’t do.” :D

  8. PantagruelNo Gravatar says:

    Here are mine:

    * Angostura
    * Angostura Orange
    * Bitter Truth Aromatic
    * Bitter Truth Celery
    * Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Decanter
    * Bitter Truth Lemon
    * Bitter Truth Orange
    * Bittermens Grapefruit
    * Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
    * Fee’s Cherry
    * Fee’s Grapefruit
    * Fee’s Lemon
    * Fee’s Old Fashioned
    * Fee’s Orange
    * Fee’s Peach
    * Fee’s Rhubarb
    * Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged
    * Fee’s Mint
    * Peychaud’s
    * Regan’s Orange #5
    * Stirring’s Blood Orange

    I’m going to have to agree with Matt on the favorites, the classics hold strong to my heart. I’d concur on his rhubarb sentiments as well. Then again I’ve yet to try any of the Bitterman’s or Bitter Truth, since I just got to open my shipment this afternoon so I may have to revise my thoughts once I’ve gotten to play with them (which will commence shortly, I assure you).

    I even have pics, I was likely to post about my new ones but you beat me to it.

    http://www.wordsmithingpantagruel.com/2009/08/bitters.html

  9. ThomasNo Gravatar says:

    Regan’s Orange #5
    Peychaud’s
    Angostura
    Stirring’s Blood Orange
    Fee’s Peach
    Fee’s Grapefruit
    El Quijote Amargo

    As far as favorites…I’ve always loved Regan’s and Peychaud’s, but right now I think my Amargo bitters (a gift from my girlfriend who just returned from three months in Peru) have usurped the Peychaud’s.

  10. FredericNo Gravatar says:

    Angostura
    Peychaud’s
    Fee’s Barrel Aged
    Boker’s (homemade)
    Abbott’s (homemade)
    Smoking Ban Bitters (homemade)
    Ango Orange
    Regan’s Orange
    Stirring’s Orange
    Fee’s Orange
    Clementine (homemade)
    Grapefruit (homemade)
    Celery Bitters (homemade)
    Celery Bitters (John the Bastard)
    Marshall’s Moonshine Bitters
    Cacao Bitters (homemade)
    Farmer’s (homemade)
    German (homemade)
    Nasturtium (homemade)
    Hellfire (homemade)

  11. TiareNo Gravatar says:

    The essence of why we use bitters: “Bitters are awesome and magical” – They transform one-note cocktails into bouquets of intensity” – well said.

  12. Tony HarionNo Gravatar says:

    Bitter Truth Aromatic
    Bitter Truth Celery
    Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas
    Bitter Truth Lemon
    Bitter Truth Orange
    Bittermen’s Grapefruit
    Angostura
    Angostura Orange
    Fee’s Cherry
    Fee’s Grapefruit
    Fee’s Lemon
    Fee’s Old Fashioned
    Fee’s Orange
    Fee’s Peach
    Fee’s Rhubarb
    Fee’s Whiskey Barrel aged (2008)
    Fee’s Mint
    Peychaud’s
    Marshall’s Moonshine
    John the Bastard´s Celery Bitters
    Regan’s Orange #6
    Home made spiced bitters
    Home made Cardamom #1.02(pretty nice, but still need some work on this one)
    Home made Cardamom and lemon grass #1.02(same as above)
    Brazilian undenberg variation (Should be a potable bitter, but i just can´t agree with it)

    I have to say that it´s hard to name 2 favorites. Angostura orange is one of them peychaud´s and angostura are on a tie followed closely by Bitter truth aromatic. I haven´t really experimented much with the bitter truth varieties yet, so it´s hard to say.
    There are also 5 more homemade in maceration but I’d rather not mention the flavors yet, because they might not turn out that well (or just terribly wrong).

    I wonder how much difference is there between the 2007 and 2008 fee´s barrel aged… anyone?

  13. JoeNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s my list:

    On hand,
    Angostura
    Peychaud’s
    Regan’s orange
    Fee’s orange
    Fee’s rhubarb
    Fee’s whiskey barrel aged
    Fee’s cherry
    Fee’s grapefruit
    Fee’s peach

    On the way,
    Bittermen’s grapefruit
    Bittermen’s mole
    Adam’s Boker’s

  14. Hiya Rick et al!

    Hmmm, bitters …
    Im gonna assume your talking about non potable bitters yeah.
    Also thanks to Pantagruel cause I cut and pasted from your post.

    * Angostura
    * Angostura Orange
    * Bitter Truth Aromatic
    * Bitter Truth Celery
    * Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Decanter
    * Bitter Truth Lemon
    * Bitter Truth Orange
    * Bittermens Grapefruit
    * Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
    * Fee’s Cherry
    * Fee’s Grapefruit
    * Fee’s Lemon
    * Fee’s Old Fashioned
    * Fee’s Orange
    * Fee’s Peach
    * Fee’s Rhubarb
    * Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged
    * Fee’s Mint
    * Peychaud’s
    * Regan’s Orange #6
    * Some crazy bottle of Peru Bitters that I dont like
    **Homemade**
    * Bacon
    * Bacon and Apple
    * Summer Citrus
    * Rubarb
    * Cheery
    * Cinamon
    * Winter Spice
    * Pink Grapefruit and Lavender
    * Conac and Earl Grey

    I also have maybe 5 in the works now, plus an idea for a all tea based program Im gonna roll out in Austin, Texas at the end of the month that’s gonna be house bitter heavy.

    My favorites are Ango and Peychaud, I figure theres a reason they’re still around.

    Cheers,

    Freddie

  15. ZuckervatiNo Gravatar says:

    - Angostura
    - Angostura Orange (on order)
    - Fee’s Cherry
    - Fee’s Grapefruit
    - Fee’s Lemon
    - Fee’s Old Fashioned
    - Fee’s Orange
    - Fee’s Peach
    - Fee’s Rhubarb
    - Fee’s Mint
    - Peychaud’s
    - Alpenbitter No. 7 (does this count? probably not)

    My favourites are Fee’s Orange and Old Fashioned. I can never keep them around. This can be a bit of a problem in Canada, since most of my bitters come from across the border.

  16. Chris W.No Gravatar says:

    I’m apparently an underachiever. As of today, I have 5 bitters, plus an almost equal number of self-made tinctures and extracts.

    Angostura
    Angostura Orange
    Peychauds
    Bittermens Grapefruit (arrived today!)
    Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole (also arrived today)

    Homemade Spice Tincture (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice)
    Homemade Ginger Tincture
    Homemade Orange-Black Pepper Tincture
    Homemade Vanilla Extract

  17. RowenNo Gravatar says:

    Angostura
    Angostura Orange
    Fee Brothers Aromatic
    Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged
    Fee Brothers Orange
    Fee Brothers Mint
    Fee Brothers Peach
    Fee Brothers Grapefruit
    Peychaud
    Regans’ No. 6

    Two favorite? Oh boy–so hard. My list isn’t as long as some, but I really like my bitters. My most used are a tie between the regular Angostura and the Fee Bros Orange and Whiskey Barrel. But the Peychaud and Regans’ deserve special mention.

  18. Marco DionysosNo Gravatar says:

    * Abbot’s
    * Amargo Chuncho (Peru)
    * Amargo Cortesano (Peru)
    * Angostura
    * Angostura Orange
    * Bitter Truth Aromatic
    * Bitter Truth Beefeater 24
    * Bitter Truth Celery
    * Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Decanter
    * Bitter Truth Lemon
    * Bitter Truth Orange
    * Bitter Truth Repeal Bitters
    * Fee’s Cherry
    * Fee’s Grapefruit
    * Fee’s Lemon
    * Fee’s Old Fashioned
    * Fee’s Orange
    * Fee’s Peach
    * Fee’s Rhubarb
    * Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged
    * Fee’s Mint
    * Hermes Aromatic
    * Hermes Orange
    * Hoppe Orange (Holland)
    * Peychaud’s
    * Regan’s Orange #6
    * Stirrings Blood Orange
    * Underberg
    * Wai Bitters (Chinese)

    also:
    * Rye Aromatic (Rye bar, SF)
    * Rye Grapefruit
    * Charles Vexenat’s Grapefruit
    * Molly Finnegan’s Grapefruit
    * Marco’s Celery/Bergamot

    Don’t make me choose just two…

  19. DougPNo Gravatar says:

    • Angostura
    • Angostura Orange
    • Bitterlyne Orange
    • Bitter Truth Celery
    • Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas
    (missing Bitter Truth Aromatic because the order I placed when I was in Germany got screwed up, grrr)
    • Bitter Truth Orange
    • Bitter Truth Lemon
    • Fee’s Grapefruit
    • Fee’s Lemon
    • Fee’s Old Fashioned
    • Fee’s Orange
    • Fee’s Peach
    • Fee’s Rhubarb
    • Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged 2007
    • Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged 2008
    • Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged 2009
    • Peychaud’s
    • Regan’s Orange #6

    For my favorites, I’d have to say Regan’s Orange #6 and a toss-up between either Angostura (I know, a boring choice, but they’ve obviously been doing something right for many years!) or Fee’s Whisky Barrel-aged (all three are delicious).

    I picked up the Bitterlyne in Germany back when Fee’s was just about the only Orange Bitters option. It isn’t that good, with way too much glycerine taste (but it looks like the only one that hasn’t already been on other peoples’ lists).

  20. SFsourDohNo Gravatar says:

    My wife can get pretty passionate about the bitters after a manhattan or two. She is always afraid of running out of the Fee’s Whiskey Barrel aged, leading to a 4 bottle back stock. We didn’t realize it was vintage dated until reading this post.

    Angostura
    Angostura Orange
    Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Own Decanter (Bols edition)
    Fee’s Orange
    Fee’s Peach
    Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged 2008
    Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged 2009
    L’Extreme d’Absiente Bitter
    Noord’s Orange Bitters
    Peychaud’s
    Regan’s Orange #6
    Riemerschmid Orangen Bitter (my favorite orange bitter)

  21. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if I’m in the top tiers here, but I’m no slouch either:

    - Amargo Chuncho
    - Angostura
    - Angostura Orange
    - Fee’s Grapefruit
    - Fee’s Peach
    - Fee’s WI Orange
    - Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged
    - Marshall’s Moonshine
    - Peychaud’s
    - Regan’s Orange #6
    - TBT Lemon
    - TBT Orange
    - TBT Jerry Thomas Decanter

    Homemade
    - Abbott’s, modified
    - Blood Orange-Raspberry
    - Boker’s
    - Farmer’s
    - Ras al-Hanout Kahwa
    - Regan’s Orange #5
    - Robert Hess’ House
    - Spiced Lemon #1
    - Sunshine
    - Sunshine, modified
    - Honey Tangerine
    - CBGB [Chamomille, Bergamot, Gentian, Balsamita]

    Blends
    - “House” Orange mix
    - “Improved” mix

    Out of curiosity, has anyone found a good use for the TBT Jerry Thomas bitters? I’ve tried them all over the place with less than stellar results…

  22. RickNo Gravatar says:

    Chris, The JT Bitters are genius in a rum old fashioned!

  23. ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    From both the compulsive listmaker AND the procrastinator:

    Abbott’s Bitters
    Artmann’s Bitters (vintage, one-shot bottle like Underberg)
    Amargo Chuncho
    Angostura Aromatic Bitters
    Angostura Orange Bitters
    Bittermens/The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters
    Bittermens/The Bitter Truth Xoxolatl Mole Bitters
    The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters
    The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
    The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Decanter Bitters
    The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters
    The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
    The Bitter Truth Repeal Bitters
    Chuck’s Aromatic Not-Terribly-Bitter Bitters No. 4 (housemade)
    Chuck’s Rock Mindbogglingly Bitter Grapefruit Bitters (housemade)
    Fee’s Cherry Bitters
    Fee’s Grapefruit Bitters
    Fee’s Lemon Bitters
    Fee’s Orange Bitters
    Fee’s Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters
    Fee’s Peach Bitters
    Fee’s Rhubarb Bitters
    Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters, 2007
    Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters, 2008
    Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters, 2009
    Hermes Aromatic Bitters
    Hermes Orange Bitters
    Marshall’s Mountain Moonshine Bitters
    Old House Orange Bitters
    Peychaud’s Bitters
    Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 3 (housemade)
    Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
    Spring Street Cherry Bitters
    Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters
    Trader Tiki’s Barrel-Aged Falernum Bitters
    Trader Tiki’s Falernum Bitters
    Underberg Bitters

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  25. This is fun and all, but it’s sort of anti-climactic when you know that Jay and Greg Boehm have us all rather insanely whooped in this arena. At Casa de Sloshed, we have:

    Angostura
    Angostura Orange
    Bitter Truth Aromatic
    Bitter Truth Celery
    Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own
    Bitter Truth Lemon
    Bitter Truth Orange
    Boudreau’s Cherry
    Boudreau’s Citrus
    Fee Brothers’ Mint
    Fee Brothers’ Peach
    Fee Brothers’ West Indian Orange
    Fee Brothers’ Whiskey Barrel-Aged (2008)
    Peychaud’s
    Regan’s No. 6 Orange
    Underberg
    Jeff Morgenthaler’s Madeira Cask-Aged Orange
    Marshall’s Moonshine
    Trader Tiki’s Falernum

  26. Jay HepburnNo Gravatar says:

    Quality not quantity, Marleigh. I’d love some of Jeff’s bitters for instance – I’ll trade you for all my Fees bitters? ;-)

    Seeing as I’ve been mentioned several times, here’s my current list:

    Adam Elmegirab’s Boker’s Bitters
    Angostura Aromatic
    Angostura Orange
    Bittermens Grapefruit
    Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
    Bob’s Abbott’s
    Bob’s Boker’s
    Bob’s Cardamom
    Bob’s Coriander
    Bob’s Ginger
    Bob’s Grapefruit
    Bob’s Lavender
    Bob’s Liquorice
    Bob’s Vanilla
    Fee Brothers Cherry
    Fee Brothers Grapefruit
    Fee Brothers Lemon
    Fee Brothers Mint
    Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic
    Fee Brothers Peach
    Fee Brothers Rhubarb
    Fee Brothers West Indian Orange
    Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged (2007)
    Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged (2009)
    Hermes Aromatic
    Hermes Orange
    Hess House Bitters (Home-made)
    John the Bastard’s Celery Bitters
    Marshall’s Moonshine Bitters
    Peychaud’s
    Regans’ Orange No. 5 (Home-made)
    Regans’ Orange No. 6
    The Bitter Truth Aromatic
    The Bitter Truth Celery
    The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter
    The Bitter Truth Lemon
    The Bitter Truth Orange
    The Bitter Truth Repeal
    Trader Tiki’s Falernum Bitters
    Van Wees Angostura
    Van Wees Maagbitter
    Van Wees Rode Pommeranz
    Van Wees Groene Pommeranz

    I should have the complete set of Scrappy’s bitters soon, too. It’s an addiction, it really is.

  27. TiareNo Gravatar says:

    Heh..Jay, you are the king of bitters collector.

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  29. The ConciergeNo Gravatar says:

    I am bitter about being away from my bitters right now.

    Angostura Aromatic
    Angostura Orange
    Amargo Chuncho
    Bittermens Grapefruit
    Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
    Bob’s Abbotts
    Bob’s Coriander
    Bob’s Ginger
    Bob’s Grapefruit
    Bob’s Lavender
    Bob’s Vanilla
    Fee Brothers Cherry
    Fee Brothers Grapefruit
    Fee Brothers Mint
    Fee Brothers Lemon
    Fee Brothers West Indian Orange
    Fee Brothers Peach
    Fee Brothers Whiskey-Barrel Aged Aromatic
    Peychaud’s Aromatic
    Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
    Stirrings Blood Orange
    The Bitter Truth Aromatic
    The Bitter Truth Celery
    The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters
    The Bitter Truth Lemon
    The Bitter Truth Orange

  30. The ConciergeNo Gravatar says:

    Oops. 2) Favorites – tough question (leaving out the omnipotent Angostura) – Peychaud’s and Bittermans Grapefruit (I am grapefruit fan, so i loved the bob’s grapefruit but the bittermens was so much more refined..but, if your a fan of grapefruit, you need both.

  31. MichaelNo Gravatar says:

    Can anyone tell me what is the most bitter drink in these lists ?
    I’m pretty sure I can beat it (but need to taste first of course!) !

    Thanks,

    Michael

  32. RobertNo Gravatar says:

    I have Angostura. I like Angostura. I’m sticking with Angostura.

    (also have Peychaud’s, 3 kinds of falernum and Fee Bros orange)I’m not intimidated by you people!

  33. Chris W.No Gravatar says:

    I’m happy to say that, four months after my initial and woefully inadequate post, I’ve now made my own Jamaican bitters and Don’s Tincture, as well, and have found both to be delectable. If they weren’t such a high proof, I’d consider them darn near potable!

  34. Peychaud’s Bitter
    Bitter Truth Lemon
    Bitter Truth Orange
    Bitter trurh Xocolatl
    Bitter trut Grapefruit
    Fee’s Cherry
    Fee’s Grapefruit
    Fee’s Lemon
    Fee’s Old Fashioned
    Fee’s Orange
    Fee’s Peach
    Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-aged 2008
    Fee’s Mint
    Amargo Chuncho Peru
    Gotas amargas rey del bar Colombia
    3 plumas aromatic -Argentina-
    Underberg Bitters
    Fernet Branca
    Fernet Ramazzotti
    Fernet Cinzano
    Fernet 1882
    Fernet Fernando
    Fernet Cazalis
    Fernet Vittone
    Fernet Oyama
    Fernet Matini&Rossi

  35. RickNo Gravatar says:

    Woah, lots of fernets on there I’ve never heard of! Where did you get them?

  36. I am a fan of Fernet.
    Once I met the Count Branca.
    I got the martini fernet in italy.
    The others got in the province of Cordoba in Argentina.
    If you are interested in or Ramazzotti 1882
    send me your postal address and I send you a bottle
    cuco@788food-bar.com.ar

  37. Colin S.No Gravatar says:

    Not as impressive as most, but the addiction is starting

    Angostura Aromatic
    Angostura Orange
    Bittermens Grapefruit
    Fee Brothers Mint
    Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic
    Fee Brothers Peach
    Fee Brothers Rhubarb
    Fee Brothers West Indian Orange
    Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged (2008)
    Peychaud’s
    Regans’ Orange No. 6
    The Bitter Truth Aromatic
    The Bitter Truth Celery
    The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter
    Scrappy’s Chocolate
    Scrappy’s Lavender
    Stirrings Blood Orange
    Underberg
    Urban Moonshine Maple
    Urban Moonshine Citrus
    Urban Moonshine Original

  38. Shawn SooleNo Gravatar says:

    Can Fee’s be classed as bitters? They are really tinctures with no alcohol content.

    Angostura
    Angostura Orange
    Bitter Truth Choc
    Bitter Truth Celery
    Bitter Truth Lemon
    Bitter Truth Orange
    Bitter Truth Grapefruit
    Bitter Truth JT Decanter Bitters
    Bitter Truth Aromatic
    Regans No 6
    Peychauds
    Clive’s Tanq 10 G&T Bitters
    Clyde Common Orange Bitters
    Bradford’s Bad Ass Bitters
    JM House Grapefruit Bitters
    JM House Cherry Bitters
    Kathy Kay Lavender Bitters
    Refinery House Bitters
    Amancho Chuncho Bitters
    Clive’s House Lemon Bitters

    Got some more coming plus my potable bitters and amaros on the back bar.

  39. of course their are a lot of bitters out there:
    i’m using

    angostura
    peychaud’s
    tbt orange bitter
    tbt cellery bitter
    tbt jerry thomas
    tbt oldtime aromatic (subtitute for Angost.)
    tbt orange flower water
    chartreuse elexier vegetal

    i hate fee’s because the dash cap sprang off to often
    and creates a mess in my bar.

  40. MardecNo Gravatar says:

    Well my list is pretty short.. :-)

    Chunco Armargo Peru Bitters
    Bittermens Grapefruit
    The Bitter truth Jerry Thomas own Decanters Bitters
    Angostura
    Angostura orange
    Peychauds

    And I am looking for Regan’s orange #6, but I can not find a decent website that will ship it in Europe (non credit card).
    Can someone help me out? Thanks ;-)

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