GSN Review: Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters

Dale DeGroff aka King Cocktail now joins the ranks of Gary Regan and Jamie Boudreau in creating his own bitters blend.  And no, it’s not remotely olive flavored.  Pimento is simply the term for the allspice berry, which certainly has an aromatic nose and intense flavor.  What Dale’s done here is to recreate a style of bitters long since gone the way of obscure cocktail ingredients from the golden age of bartending.  Working with absinthe expert Ted Breaux, these bitters define class, from the gold wax seal to the cork dripper spout.  As an added bonus, the first 3,000 bottles are also signed by Dale.

Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters (90 proof)
Nose: Quite spicy with a heavy allspice nose married with a molasses type sweetness.
Taste: Very dry and spiced with allspice pimento.  Less “mentholated” than pimento dram, but with similar notes.  Certainly more intense than Angostura, but also more in the vein of the antique style bitters of the 19th century.
Finish: The flavor lingers long and brilliantly bright with an elegance that belies its production.
Overall: These are perfect for punches calling for bitters.  Tiki drinks will benefit greatly as well.  Try them in pisco sours and rum old-fashioneds for a twist.
GSN Rating: A

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