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Old 06-12-2008, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Best orange bitters?

I cannot find orange bitters here but i want to try to find it from internet. So which orange bitters do you guys recommend?

I`m curious about Angosturas orange and Fees West Indian, how are they?
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:12 PM   #2
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Gary Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6 are very good, nice and bitter with a holiday spice (cardamom, etc) character.

The Fee's are only mildly bitter with little to no spice, but have a real orange intensity.

A lot of bars follow Pegu Club's (in New York City)example and blend the two for the best of both worlds.

I've heard the Angostura Orange are good, but haven't really had a chance to try them yet.

The Bitter Truth also sells an Orange Bitters which are quite good. Actually, all their bitters are quite good.

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Old 06-12-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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I like Regans Orange # 6, they have a mix of spice that is nice in a topper.
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I like Regans #6 as well, but there's something about Bittermens that I really like. But then again, it depends on the cocktail.
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:55 AM   #5
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I just tried the new Angostura Orange Bitters. Much hotter in the bitter category than Fee's and less spicy than Regan's #6. More of the traditional Angostura taste as a base, I would say. Afterwards, the orange hits you with a tad of complexity (clove?). Overall, another good bullet for my cocktail holster. Forrest of HiTimes reminded me that this may not be the same orange bitters which Europe got earlier this year. They had a hard time getting it through US regs regarding its "tastiness". So, it MAY be different.
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:16 AM   #6
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Angostura Orange bitters - It tastes what it says on the bottle. Very orangy and well .... bitter.
It's not that complex at all if you compare with Regan's#6, and it is much more bitter that the other one on the market. I'd like to suggest to try to dash it gently, and just get use to the flavour & power.
I personnaly like to use it with an atomiser, it helps to control the amount that you want to use in your gass, sugar or cocktail, and it adds a bit of theatre to your technique behind the bar.

I'm also very intersted in what has been said with the arrival of the first AOB container in the US. Anyone willing to exchange a European bottle for a US one, just to double check the taste....

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I have Regans and Fees on hand and end up reaching for Regans over 90% of the time. Regans just seems a better all round product.

However, I think Fees works well is in drinks containing juices. If I use Fees I tend to use rather more than I do with Regans.

The Amsterdam Cocktail is one example of a drink where I think Fees works well.

Fees is practically potable. It isn't that much more bitter than some bitter aperitifs. So I think it works well in the small number of drinks that call for large measures of orange bitters. I remember a Calvados Cocktail (should be in CocktailDB) that calls for something like a 1/2 oz of orange bitters. Fees works well there.
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Well being a bitter individual i'll throw my 2 cents in . . .

Fees=dry orange zest. . .concentrated
Angostura=sharp orange zest plus dark bark back notes (angostura, catechu, etc.)
Regans=orange zest, and sharp citrus focus spices--cardamon, coriander.. etc.

Of the 3 it is Regans that i prefer, though i use all 3 (thanks to RumDog007).
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I wish I could just walk into a store here and pick from an array of nice bitters on the shelf...( dreamin`...) as it is now I have to do with Angostura (which is good) and my own, but I would like to try a whole bunch of others..

I also hope Bittermens will be released soon..want to try their Mole and Tikidrink bitters.
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Forrest of HiTimes reminded me that this may not be the same orange bitters which Europe got earlier this year. They had a hard time getting it through US regs regarding its "tastiness". So, it MAY be different.
Does that have to do with alcohol content? the alchol in the US bottles is 28% alc./vol. so what`s in the bottles for Europe?
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