So, out of the many (many, many, many) bitters on the market today, what are ones that people here consider essential, underrated, or particularly suited to certain tasks?
My impression from reading the many (many, etc) pages of this thread, as well as from my own use, is as follows:
Angostura Aromatic & Orange
Regan's Orange No. 6
Bittermens: the whole line, but especially Mole and Grapefruit
Dr. Adam: the whole line, but especially Boker's, Dandelion & Burdock, and Aprhodite
Not essential, but best in class/perfect for particular uses/beloved by some:
The Bitter Truth Celery, Creole, and Lemon
Bitters, Old Men Great in '28
Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla
Additionally, I'm a fan of Bittercube's Jamaican #1 bitters for imparting allspice aromatics to tiki and egg white drinks, but I wouldn't call them essential, especially if you already have allspice dram (I don't).
Am I missing any? Any exceptional products worth highlighting? Any that I or others should stay away from?
I'm not a fan of the Fee's products generally for reasons discussed at length upthread. I can see how they have their uses as flavorants, but too many of them strike me as overly artificial. That said, their Old Fashion/Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters are useful when you want to impart a heavy clove/cinnamon note.
Edited by Rafa, 21 February 2013 - 12:41 PM.