THE BITTER TRUTHPosted: September 8, 2009
Artisanal and ‘small batch’ handmade products are gaining more popularity behind the bar. The research done by many bartenders and ‘enthusiats’ into the historical background of cocktails and drinks has brought about a revival of age old cocktail/drinking practices and products. ‘ The Bitter Truth‘, a range of bitters/flavourings being produced by two members of the infamous Travelling Mixologist; Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauek is a testament to the great effort taken to revive age old practices.
A week ago, I had my introduction to this wonderful range of bitters/flavourings (pictured above) that has an interesting variety:
Grapefruit Bitters, Lemon Bitters, Orange Bitters, Celery Bitters, Aromatic Bitters,
Jerry Thomas ‘Own Decanter Bitters’, Orange Flower Water, Xocolatl Mole Bitters (chocolate & spices)
A personal favourite is the celery bitters and orange flower water with truly fresh flavours of both celery and orange peels and a well structured character. The Bitter Truth also produces sloeberry blue gin, 24 y/o Kentucky Straight Rye whisky and liqueurs (i.e. creme de violette and pimento dram). The Pimento Dram (pictured below) liqueur (also a personal favourite) is an smooth addictive sip filled with aromatic spices mainly of clove and cinnamon.