New bitters focus on provenance with Brazilian botanicals

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Dr Adam Elmegirab’s Bitters has added a new product as part of a series that focuses on botanicals from single sources.

The key ingredients in the new Brazilian Bitters come from Brazil, using tonka bean, cacao, coconut, coffee, vanilla and black peppercorn, celebrating the country’s rich array of flavours.

The unique new product can be used in both food and drink, including classic cocktails such as a Manhattan, Old Fashioned and Palmetto, in tropical and tiki drinks and in simple combinations such as a Dark & Stormy, Horse’s Neck and whisky and soda.

The brand’s creator, Adam Elmegirab, said: “The conversation around terroir in the world of spirits is rarely had and it’s something we’re exploring throughout 2018 with our Single Origin series.

“All products in the series will be created with a single-origin ideology, focusing on botanicals from one source, which in turn pays respect to the current spotlight in the food and beverage world that is being shone on locality, seasonality and sustainability.”

He intends to source all botanicals directly from growers and farmers wherever possible, with a percentage of the profits being donated to an as-yet-unchosen Brazilian charity.

According to Adam’s tasting notes, the new bitters have layers of complex aroma and flavour including vanilla, almond, cherry, smoke, cracked peppercorns, warm baking spices, clove, and tonka with hints of sweet coconut, spicy mace and flamed cinnamon.

The Brazilian Bitters come in 10cl bottles, with ABV of 45%. For the US market, the tonka bean is replaced by almond and extra vanilla.

Founded by Adam, a former bartender, in 2009, the business moved to a dedicated production facility The House of Botanicals in Aberdeen in 2016. It is set to expand its range further with spirits under The House of Botanicals branding, such as an Old Tom gin due to be launched in April this year.

The eight-strong range, from Boker’s Bitters and Spanish Bitters to Dandelion & Burdock Bitters, are handcrafted, hand-bottled and hand-labelled.

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