GSN Review: Miracle Mile Bitters

The Miracle Mile Bitters Co., based in Los Angeles is a relative newcomer to the bitters scene, but have already staked their claim as a quality small batch manufacturer.  Started as a home project several years ago by Louis Anderman, they’ve quickly gained a following on the west coast.  Rather than designing trendy bizarre flavor combinations, Anderman’s most successful products hearken back to the basic recipes that have been mainstays of cocktail culture over the decades.  That being said, they also make a Bermagot, Castilian, Gingerbread, Yuzu and Peach bitters which I hope to have opportunity to review next time around.

Chocolate-Chili Bitters: Very interesting nose, with equal elements of chocolate and chili present.  Obvious synchronicity with Mexican and South American cooking.  A surprising sweetness on the front of the palate quickly gives way to a nicely warm chili heat.  A lovely balance of cocoa and earthy chilis work well to create a cohesive whole in which all elements are contributing equally to the blend.
GSN Rating: A

Forbidden Bitters: In the style of aromatic bitters.  A lot of gingerbread on the nose.Very bitter with hints of menthol, ginger, and wood tannin.  Quite intensely spicy, but not with too much heat.  Touches of vanilla and angelica round out the structure.  A good bitters for use in tiki and tequila cocktails.
GSN Rating: B

Orange Bitters: More of an overall general bitter flavor than orange comes through.  There’s a lot of cinnamon on the nose, and the orange notes are more akin to bitter Curacao than Valencia.  Certainly not as sweet and light as Fee Brothers orange, nor as darkly vibrant as Regans; this is more of a down to earth and serviceable style of orange bitters.
GSN Rating: B-

Sour Cherry Bitters: Intense hit of cherry, quickly followed by the tang of sour and tannic bark.  There’s a lot going on in these bitters and in a holistic and natural way.  Lovely hints of sweet vanilla, sea salt, grains of paradise, almond and sandalwood add fascinating accents to the overall structure. Really well done and highly recommended!
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Miracle Mile Bitters Co.

GSN Review: Bittercube Small Batch, Hand-Crafted Bitters

Bittercube is a relative new-comer to the cocktail market, with their products only having been available to the public for about two years.  Yet, in that short span of time, they’ve garnered praise from everyone from Martha Stewart to Imbibe Magazine.  The business is the brainchild of Nicholas Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz of Milwaukee, WI.  Between them, they have almost fifteen years of successful bartending and restaurant experience.  The key to their craft has been a literal hands-on approach.  Each step of the bitter making process is overseen and measured by hand using only natural, unprocessed raw ingredients.  This care comes through in each of the six products.  Well done, gentlemen!

Blackstrap
Taste: Dry and full of exotic spices.  Just enough of a hint of sweetness from the molasses to balance the bitterness. Notes of cinnamon and sarsaparilla give it an old-fashioned root beer quality.
Overall: A great alternative to Angostura bitters.  Balanced and perfect for dark spirits like aged rum, whiskies and as an alternative to Amargo Chuncho bitters.
GSN Rating: A

Bolivar
Taste: Quite bitter with a lot of citrus and dried herbs taking the top notes.  A hint of fruitcake comes out as the initial bitterness fades.
Overall: A perfect addition to gin based cocktails, as well as tequilas.  For a very interesting experiment, try using these in lager and pilsner beer based cocktails.
GSN Rating: B+

Cherry Bark Vanilla
Taste: Light and sweet.  Almost nougat-like with a hint of cherry cordial candy.  There’s a bit of creaminess on the tongue and an impression of cherry Cavendish pipe tobacco.
Overall: Well balanced with a nice blend of cherry, vanilla and chocolate.  Perfect for bourbons, and tiki drinks.
GSN Rating: A-

Jamaican #1
Taste: A surprising minty quality that also contains bitter citrus and a small bit of prickly spice from the ginger and pepper.  Not as subtle as some of the other Bittercube products, this one will make your tastebuds take notice.
Overall: Very nice with dark rum, ginger beer, tea based drinks, and traditional punches.
GSN Rating: A-

Jamaican #2
Taste: A brighter profile with more fruity citrus evident.  Still slightly herbal with a lot of spice towards the back of the palate.  Think a very mild Jamaican jerk sauce.  Somewhat thin, but when used with lighter spirits, it won’t get buried.
Overall: Good for silver rums, vodka, and surprisingly, applejack.  It will bring a touch of character to simpler cocktails that call for two or three ingredients.
GSN Rating: B+

Orange
Taste: Quite a bitter profile of burnt orange peel.  There’s a hint of smokiness here which I’ve not had in an orange bitters before.  Certainly less sweet than most as well.  There’s an almost autumnal huskiness to these bitters which will add a touch of dark citrus to any spirit.  If using in a classic gin martini, you won’t need more than a few drops to achieve the desired effect.
Overall: Amidst the plethora of orange bitters available today, these are definitely the driest I’ve had, with virtually no noticeable sweetness.  Great for gin, rye, cola, or Earl Grey based cocktails.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Bittercube