Another update on the tincture batch.
The lemon tincture and all of the fruit tinctures that I started a few weeks ago are done. Yesterday, after capturing a half-dozen grapefruit peels, I started a jar of grapefruit tinctures. Also, the bittering agents that came as dried leaves (leafs?) or powders are all out and strained. That means that in addition to the grapefruit tincture, the only ones left are the woody bittering agents (barks, peppercorns, cardomom pods, etc.).
I've tasted a few of the bittering agents, and they're definitely bitter! All I do is dip my fingertip in and taste it, but still, they make my tongue go numb. And what an intense flavor!
I think I've got another week or so before I can strain the bittering agents, and at that point, I can start experimenting with creating cocktail bitters. Any requests?