Spirits Review

The Bitter Truth Bogart’s Bitters

For any cocktail aficionado who wants a taste of pre-Prohibition days, Bogart’s Bitters does the trick. After studying the books of Jerry Thomas, the grandfather of the cocktail, the folks at the Bitter Truth followed the hunch that the “Bogart’s” and “Boker’s” bitters called for in recipes ranging from the Martinez to the Brandy Crusta were one in the same. Their research turned up an original bottle of Bogart’s from 1900, which they reproduced, mimicking the “lady leg” bottle shape as well as the label. Their new version of Bogart’s adds depth and spice to drinks with its notes of chocolate, cola and spice; just a dash or two will round out an Old-Fashioned.

Spirits Info


Spirits Type: Bitters
ABV: 42%
Imported by Vision Wine & Spirits, Taunton, MA
Price: $35

2018 Year's Best


This review appears in the print edtion of the Winter 2018 issue.
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