The Bitter Truth, the lauded German producer of cocktail bitters, has finally freed the olive. Previously, their olive bitters were only available in a 20mL size as part of the The Bitter Truth Bar Pack. But in April the brand acquiesced to demand and released it in a full 200mL size.
Aromatic bitters are expected to pack an olfactory punch, but the degree to which these bitters recall freshly sliced olive is remarkable. Tasted straight there is a strong, sharp flavor of olive on the front of the palate, followed by a tangy, funky brine in the back.
Later, I subjected The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters to the ultimate test: a Churchill Martini. I poured 2.5 ounces of chilled Rutte Dry Gin into a Martini glass while staring at an unopened bottle of vermouth, then added three dashes of the bitters. The bitters managed to punch above this deadly juniper bomb, balancing the bone-dry gin with the brightness of its tangy, briny flavor. Best of all, their non-solid nature avoided the mess that would come with using an actual olive.
If you enjoy the flavor of a dirty martini but would rather forgo the “dirty” part, The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters are a godsend.
— 39% ABV
— $19.99 (200mL)