Mister Bitters Honeyed Apricot & Smoked Hickory is a bitter that was created by bartenders in Australia after Baron von Mustache Smoked Apricot Bitters run out. The honeyed apricots are macerated “sous vide” as they take a long time to give out their flavour, while the hickory is smoked with a smoking gun. The honey used to sweeten the apricots is made from the leatherwood tree, a species endemic to forests of western Tasmania. The plant is difficult to access as it grows deep within these forests and beekeepers have to camp in the forest during harvest season between January and March.
Distillery: Mister Bitters
Nose: Smoky with a very subtle hint of fruit.
Mouth: Fruity, honey sweet palate and smoky finish
Appearance: Light orange
Drinks: I tried it in a cocktail based on calvados. The flavours of apple and apricot complimented each other very well and there was just a little hint of smokiness.
Bottle: Amber colored dropper bottle with eyedropper built right into the cap. Label depicting or suggesting the three main ingredients: apricots on their branches, hickory leaves and bees to evoke the honey. Batch number and ABV (apparently variable) handwritten on the side.