House of Angostura


House of Angostura

The House of Angostura (also known as Angostura Limited) is a Trinidad and Tobago company famous for the production of angostura bitters, invented by the company's founder. The company is also a distiller and is the major producer of rum in Trinidad and Tobago. The company also has been used as a vehicle for international expansion by its parent company, CL Financial. As a result of these acquisitions, the company owns distillers in the United States, Canada, The Bahamas and Suriname.

The company was founded around 1830 by a German doctor, Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, Surgeon-General in Simon Bolivar's army in Venezuela. As of 1820 he tried to find a medicine to improve appetite and digestive well-being of the soldiers.

In 1830, Dr. Siegert exported his unique aromatic bitters to England and Trinidad. By 1850, he had resigned his commission in the Venezuelan army, to concentrate on the manufacture of his bitters, since by then demand had leapt ahead of supply. After Dr. Siegert died, he left the care of the company to his younger brother and son. In 1862 the product was exhibited and sampled in London, to great approval.

Over the course of time, angostura bitters and Dr. Siegert's company alone became purveyor to the King of Prussia, Spain, and King George V.

The word "Angostura" came from the contemporary name for today's Ciudad Bolívar, where Dr. Siegert was based; it was an important trading town with access to the sea via the river Orinoco.

Today, angostura bitters are also produced by various other vendors, some of which add the bark of the angostura tree ("Angostura trifoliata"). Angostura bitters are a key ingredient in many cocktails, for example in pink gin. Angostura brand bitters do not contain any angostura bark. There are several other companies that make bitters containing this bark, notably Fee Brothers and Riemerschmid.

External links

* [http://www.angostura.com/06_bitters.htm Corporate website]


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