The history of Angostura began in ABV_1824 when Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, a German doctor, created a brand of herbal bitters to treat indigestion and stomach conditions at a military hospital in the town of Angostura, Venezuela.
During the independence wars in Venezuela he was appointed Surgeon-General and his fellow settlers offered from chronic stomach complaints partly due to a forced change in diet. He began experimenting with gentian root and other aromatic herbs and eventually came up with the now famous recipe, which he originally called 'Amargo Aromatico'. He soon changed the name to 'Angostura' after the town where he worked.
Siegert passed away in ABV_1870, and just 5 years later his sons moved production of the bitters to the nearby island nation of Trinidad, following a period of political unrest in Venezuela.
Angostura Aromatic Bitters are easily identifiable by their oversized label, which stems from the famous laid-back caribbean attitude. A new batch of labels was ordered and a simple mistake led to them being to big for the bottle, despite being spotted by several people, nothing was done to rectify the issue. When it came to using the oversized labels, the intention was to use these labels and fix the error with the next order. This was never done and now the oversized label is trademark of the brand.
Not at all bitter when added to food and drink, this unique flavour enhancer has the ability to marry flavours in a wide range of drinks and even foods.
No bar or kitchen is complete without it!