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September 28th, 2007

With so many different aromatic bitters available these days just how do they differ, and which ones are worth using in your drinks? A comparison of Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters, The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic bitters and Peychaud’s bitters.

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Gran Classico Bitters

August 2nd, 2010

Gran Classico Bitters

Hello? Is this thing still on…? A busy schedule of work, rest, and play has left Oh Gosh! a little neglected over the past couple of months. I can only apologise for the lack of updates, but hope to remedy the situation this month. Starting with a traditional Italian bitters I came across recently…

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The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

March 4th, 2010

The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

An exclusive first review of The Bitter Truth Creole bitters, a brand new bitters from the German company that attempt to replicate what a creole cuisine influenced bitters from the nineteenth century might have tasted like.

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Great balls of ice

February 6th, 2010

Great balls of ice

Spend any time with a craft bartender or cocktailian and before long the subject of ice will come up. One of the holy grails in ice is the ice-ball, traditionally prepared in Japan by hand. An ice-ball machine is a great alternative for those who value having ten fingers.

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Funkin’ For Jamaica

February 3rd, 2010

Funkin’ For Jamaica

One of the best products I sampled at Tales of the Cocktail last year was a new rum from Haus Alpenz. A traditional Jamaican rum with a flavour profile similar to that which was prevalent in the early 20th century, Smith & Cross isn’t exactly a sipper but does work wonderfully in drinks like the Montego Bay.

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Geranium Gin

January 26th, 2010

Geranium Gin

Gin is cool once more and a torrent of brands are rushing to take advantage of the renewed demand for the classic juniper elixir. It’s easy to loose track of all the new gins appearing at the moment but Geranium is one of a handful that really stand out above the noise.

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Chocolat

January 5th, 2010

Chocolat

As something of a chocoholic I’ve always been disappointed in the quality of both the spirits and the cocktails available. However Austrian distiller promises to change this with a brand new spirit that provides all the flavour of chocolate with none of the sickliness – Mozart Dry

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Agave Sec

November 30th, 2009

Agave Sec

Tommy’s Margarita, found on bar menus across the world as, is a twist on the classic Margarita recipe that replaces the triple sec with agave syrup. Agave Sec aims to fuse the benefits of both triple sec and agave syrup to produce the perfect Margarita, but does it succeed?

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Scrappy’s Bitters

November 17th, 2009

Scrappy’s Bitters

It seems like you can’t blink these days without another bitters producer popping up somewhere in the world. The latest bitters line I’ve become aware of are Scrappy’s, produced by bartender Miles Thomas of Seattle. But how do they stack up to existing bitters from the likes of The Bitter Truth, Bob’s Bitters and Bittermens?

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Martini Bitter

November 10th, 2009

Martini Bitter

More than a year after coming across a cocktail that called for the mysterious ingredient “Martini Bitter” I’ve finally tracked down a few bottles. But was it worth the wait, and how does Martini Bitter stack up to its more famous rival – Campari?

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Required Reading

November 2nd, 2009

Required Reading

The cocktail world is in better shape today than it has been in decades, and the local book shop certainly reflects this with a rash of new releases this year to satiate the demand for mixological information. Here is a roundup of some of my favourites from the year so far.

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Not so bitter now

June 11th, 2009

Not so bitter now

This year The Bitter Truth moved beyond the world of cocktail bitters, releasing several new products to the world including three new liqueurs – pimento dram, apricot brandy and crème de violette. But what are they like, and how do they shape up to the competition and in cocktails?

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Barrel-proof ryes

April 20th, 2009

Barrel-proof ryes

Continuing the Why oh rye? whiskey comparison, a look at two heavily aged, barrel-proof ryes – LeNell’s Red Hook Rye and The Bitter Truth 24 year old.

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