The Volstead Act Company is a brand new company formed in July 2013. They are a family owned and ran business. Currently they produce a limited range of 2 different varieties of bitters and 2 different syrups. In this review we will cover the 2 bitters that they currently offer: 1947 bitters (aromatic) and the 1933 bitters (orange/citrus). If you missed the previous review on their syrups, you can find it here.
1947 Bitters Retails for $19.99/100ml bottle
These bitters are made with orange peel, quassia bark, wormwood herbs, and agave syrup. These bitters have a wonderful aromatic taste with hints of bitter spice and an interesting orange citrus note.
Remember the Maine
2 ozs Rye Whisky (Redemption)
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz cherry liqueur (Cherry Heering)
Place absinthe in a chilled rocks glass and swirl to coat the inside. Discard the rest. In a mixing glass combine the whisky, vermouth, and Cherry Heering, add ice and stir for about 30 seconds. Strain into the chilled rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel.
1933 Bitters Retails for $19.99/100ml bottle
Are made with orange peel, lime peel, cherry bark, gentian bark, ginger, lemongrass, and cane molasses. These bitters have a more complex citrus taste and not one that I would describe as distinctly orange.
Flame of Love
2 oz Ketel One Vodka
1/2 oz fino sherry
3 dashes of orange bitters
3 large orange zests
Stir the vodka,sherry, and bitters with ice until well chilled. Prepare a chilled cocktail glass by expressing the oils of two orange zests over it.Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass.Flame the final orange zest over the glass and drop into the cocktail.
The label that you see in pictures is not the label that will be on the final production bottles. My one criticism though of the bitters are the names. I think by using numbers instead of names to differentiate them makes it harder to identify which bitters you are reaching for. This could prove especially difficult in a dark bar environment.
Another way to enjoy bitters is in soda. It really adds a nice complexity and bitterness. Try the 1947 bitters in Cola and try the 1933 bitters in a Lemon Lime soda. You might be surprised and it’s a great way to introduce people to bitter flavors.
Review sample provided by representatives of The Volstead Act company.