Cocktail Mixers - Bitters/Aromatics

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Fee Brothers Whiskey Aged Bitters

From: United States Liquor Review Category: Bitters/Aromatics Cocktail Mixers

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Cocktail Mixers category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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  • 2013

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Fee Brothers came into being in 1863 when the second generation Irish immigrant Fee family opened up a grocery and liquor store under the management of 25 year old James Fee. The operation expanded over the years to importing and bottling wine became popular in the latter part of the 20th century as a maker of cocktail mixers. The business has been relabeled and reborn in the 1990s and is now expanding its product line of mixers and bitters.

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This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (125)
Rating: 4.8 (2016-10-16)
On the KaiserSoze recommendation, I obtained it and found it more earthy-rounder flavored and a little less sharp in the bitter taste than the standard Angostura, Very good.
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KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (190)
Rating: 4.8 (2016-10-12)
This is the Cadillac of bitters when it comes to making a Manhattan! After using these it's hard to go back the standard Angostura! Cinnamon, maple, oak, & caramel come alive in your drink! These are pricey ( I paid $17 for a 5 ounce bottle), but at least it will last me a while. Well worth it!
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Review Comments
Cranecreek (2016-09-20):
Hi KS-i now have this guy in hand and am wondering how do I store this after opening? I also bought the Maratelli Russo Vermouth (spelling is wrong I am sure)

Cranecreek (2016-09-20):
Hi KS-i now have this guy in hand and am wondering how do I store this after opening? I also bought the Maratelli Russo Vermouth (spelling is wrong I am sure)

Cranecreek (2016-09-20):
If nothing prevents me I will be trying my Manhattan on me & the wife tomarrow night. Thanks for your help!

KaiserSoze (2016-09-20):
Just store in a cool dark place. No need to refrigerate. Let me know how your Manhattan turns out!

Cranecreek (2016-09-23):
First off thanks for your help & instructions on creating a Manhattan. It was something I wanted to do. The first I made with Buff-the second I made with Sazerac Rye. I just don't think I am a mixed drink kind of guy. I used the 3=1 recipie and all I could taste after I was done with the mixing and orange slice and bitters was prune juice with a slight kick. Not to be defeated I moved on to using 1 and a half oz. of Four Roses SB with a sipper in between mixing. Well by now I was confident that my creation was going to be better. The wife showed up about then and we tried that together. She said thanks but preferred Merlot. Having had a very good time by then I put the ingredients away for company. In all honesty I enjoy my 4 oz. of straight bourbon each afternoon as I contemplate the whiskey and the day. And I am glad I challenged myself to try this drink, but I think I will still cradle a single barell , knowing I tried. Give me an age stated 7to 9 year (no blended please) straight bourbon with about 25% rye-preferrably bottled in the winter. A few dying embers in the fireplace & glass in hand.

KaiserSoze (2016-09-29):
Hey, you just conquered the greatest cocktail of all, and you made it yourself. Be proud of that! Just like adjusting your palate to good, complex Bourbon and Rye, you have to do the same for this magnificent concoction! Before you give up, let me make 2 suggestions: 1) Invest in a better bottle of vermouth. Carpano Antica and Coochi di Torino are my favorite 2. Both are full and rich that both pair perfectly with any good Rye or Bourbon. 2) Pick up a bottle of 100 Proof Southern Comfort. Yes, I said it! The much better, big brother to everyone's liquid nightmare! Price-wise, it should only be about $5 more. The 100 proof version is still quite sweet, but I don't find it has the same cloying, artificial flavor the 70 proof does. It balances perfectly with the spiciness and bitterness from the M&R vermouth. Check out my review on the 100 proof SOCO here on Proof 66. Cheers!

Cranecreek (2016-10-01):
Ooo Boy..I won;

Cranecreek (2016-10-01):
Ooo Boy...I won't even put in print what age I was when I met my first and last pint of Southern Comfort! To this day I cringe when I see it. But I have not given up and will try some more. Maybe pick up that Carpano. My wife who turns up her nose at bourbon did finish a half and said she might try one again. would 4/1 be something I could try? Also not knowing what to expect maybe surprised me.

KaiserSoze (2016-10-05):
Yes, give a 4:1 ratio a shot with your bourbon/rye and M&R vermouth. If you can get your hands on Carpano, I recommend a 2:1 ratio - Buffalo Trace & Carpano makes a heavenly Manhattan. If you try the SOCO 100, I also recommend a 2:1 ratio - you need the spice and bitters of the M&R to balance out the sweetness of the SOCO. Cheers!


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