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The Bitter Truth
Spiced Navy Pink Gin

Distillery

Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck of The Bitter Truth GmbH, Pullach, Bavaria, Germany. (Technically The Bitter Truth are Bottlers).

Website

The Bitter Truth Spiced Navy Pink Gin.

History

Munich Bartenders Berg and Hauck were disappointed in the number and quality of bitters available in Germany, so in 2006 they decided to make their own, and The Bitter Truth was born. Their Spiced Navy Pink Gin was launched in 2011 and launched for the USA market in 2012.

Angostura bitters were discovered to cure seasickness. Although bitter (hence the name) in taste, British Royal Naval officers soon found it was palatable when added to Gin (Plymouth Navy Gin in particular) and by the 1870’s the Pink Gin cocktail had been invented and was established in many fine-drinking establishments. Whilst this product by The Bitter Truth is not strictly according to these traditional base ingredients, the essence of the idea is certainly there, with no complaints from us.

Production

An unspecified pot distilled Dry Gin is used as the base spirit and unspecified proprietary aromatic bitters. The bottle has a picture of a sailing ship on it, as a nod to its naval roots.

Category

Flavored Gin – Bitters.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

40% (80 Proof).

Price Range

$$$ - $$$$. Try online retailers: Astor Wines or Andrew’s Wine Cellars.

Botanicals

Unknown.

Name

The Bitter Truth is the name of the company, mainly known for producing quality bitters. There are spices, no doubt, in the Gin and the Bitters, and was originally used by the Navy. This resulted in the Pink Gin cocktail and thus the name.

Tasting Notes

On the nose are light floral notes. On the palate there is a spicy (predominantly coriander), light juniper taste with liquorice and floral tones. There is plenty of complexity here and thus it is hard to fully differentiate the flavors (at least for us!). The Bitter Truth, suggest there are hints of caraway and fennel, try it yourself and let us know what you can identify.

This is smooth enough to drink by itself (shaken with ice) as a pre-made Pink Gin cocktail. Alternatively, it is good as a Gin & Tonic or almost any variation upon a theme of a Martini and fruit based mixed drinks.

Awards & Accolades

Bronze Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2013.



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