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Luckily on my recent trip to Trinidad we didn't spend the whole time inside the distillery. We took our rum to go and this is what we did. The only bar I was able to visit was Shaker's, on my first night on the island. It was an indoor/outdoor place with lots of Angostura branding and food. One street food in Trinidad is Doubles: taco-sized bread with Indian chic peas. I added hot pepper sauce to mine - and every time after that. So good. The night after our distillery visit, we went to a welcome party at Wayne Yip... Read more →

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In my last post I talked about the history and production of Angostura Bitters. In this one I'll talk about the history and production of Angostura Rums. I visited the distillery on Trinidad in March 2011. History of Angostura Rums The House of Angostura was in the bitters business since 1824, but didn't enter the rum business until after their move to the island of Trinidad in 1875. At first they were dealing with bulk rums rather than distilling their own, but in 1945 they purchased their own distillery. It wasn't until the 1960s that the profits from rum outsold... Read more →

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In March I visited the Angostura distillery in Port of Spain, Trinidad. They make not only Angostura Bitters here but also the line of Angostura rums and rums for several other brands. In this post, I'll focus on the bitters. The History of Angostura Bitters Angostura Bitters were created in 1824 by Dr. Johann Siegert. They were originally called "Dr. Siegert's Aromatic Bitters" and later renamed Angostura Bitters. (The folks from The Bitter Truth Bitters have some interesting information about a lawsuit over the name "Angostura" between these bitters and Abbott's Bitters.) (One of the other Angostura Bitters bottles from... Read more →

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Last week I went to Trinidad to report on the 2011 Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge. They flew in bartenders representing North and South America, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, India, Asia, Nigeria (though he had visa issues and couldn't attend), South Africa, and Trinidad & Tobago. I got a chance to sit down with most of the contestants for a quick interview to learn a bit about their drinks and their countries. Andy Griffiths from Cookie in Melbourne, Australia eventually won the day, and the $10,000 check. He told me that down in Melbourne they're working with barrel aged drinks now... Read more →

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Hello from Trinidad! I'm here with the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge - an international bartender competition. I'll post more about Angostura, the rums made here, and the brand history on another blog entry when I get time. (But if you have any questions put them in the comments below and I'll try to get answers on Sunday.) Yesterday we toured the distillery and went to a party at Angostura's CEO's massive house on the water. (It has excellent parking spaces for one's yacht.) Just a quick note: I spoke with Angostura's new US importer for the bitters and am happy... Read more →

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Actually, that should be Alcademics in Trinidad, where the limbo was invented. Also from Trinidad: steel pan drums, calypso music, and Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul. Oh yeah, and that's where they make Angostura bitters. As this message is sent through the internet hopefully I'm on the plane on the way to Trinidad, where I'll be witnessing (read: drinking along to) the Angostura Cocktail Challenge. Stay tuned for updates! Read more →

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In a quick ditty for Tasing Table, I wrote about Gitane's La Convivencia cocktail by Alex Smith, made with your choice of bitters: Chorizo or SoyRizo. As a vegetarian I only smelled the meat version but tasted the vegan one. The Chorizo reminds me of Slim Jims; the SoyRizo of soy sauce. Both add another savory accent to the drink in addition to the sherry. Read the piece here. Read more →

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Brands of celery bitters include The Bitter Truth, Scrappy's, and Fees. It's the hottest flavor in bitters since grapefruit. In my latest post for FineCooking.com, I briefly introduce the trend and list a recipe for the Garden & Tonic, a G&T spin-off created by Wayne Collins and Naren Young. Read more →

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