Bickford’s Old Style Lemon Lime Bitters

Whenever some­thing claims to be ‘old style’, there’s an expect­a­tion that it goes back to the ori­gin­al fla­vour before it was tweaked for mod­ern tastebuds. This here is Bickford’s Old Style Lemon Lime Bitters, a lem­on lime bit­ters that’s dif­fer­ent from the trans­lu­cent orange col­our that we expect.

The soft drink is a trans­lu­cent warm pink col­our with a sweet cit­rus nose and mod­er­a­tion car­bon­a­tion. Served chilled, a sug­ary sweet­ness emerges in the head of each sip before gentle cit­rus notes of lem­on and lime devel­op in the body to counter the sweet­ness with a slightly aro­mat­ic fin­ish of bit­ters. The cit­rusy sweet­ness lingers on the pal­ate.

Overall, the drink lacks body, tast­ing like a watered down cit­rus cor­di­al with added sug­ar and without the refresh­ingly crisp and aro­mat­ic bit­ters in the Angostura Lemon Lime and Bitters. ‘Old style’ may not be bet­ter after all.

This bottle of Bickford’s Old Style Lemon Lime Bitters con­tained 275 ml. It was bottled in Australia and pur­chased in Sydney Australia in 2017.