The House of Angostura

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The Pioneering Days of The House of Angostura

In the early days of The House of Angostura, the foundation of this illustrious distillery was laid by Dr. Johann Siegert, a visionary German physician with a profound impact on the world of spirits. The journey began in 1824, when Dr. Siegert, having served as the Surgeon General in Simon Bolivar’s army during the Venezuelan War of Independence, set out to create a remedy for the soldiers’ ailments.

The Origins of Angostura Bitters

Motivated by a dedication to enhancing the health of his fellow countrymen, Dr. Siegert crafted a medicinal potion that would eventually earn the moniker “Aromatic Bitters.” Originally formulated to alleviate stomach and digestive ailments, this elixir swiftly garnered favor among European colonizers and traders in the Caribbean. Its composition remains shrouded in secrecy, comprising a proprietary blend of herbs and spices such as gentian, cinnamon, cloves, and citrus peel, among other undisclosed ingredients.


From Medicine to Mixology

The acclaim for Dr. Siegert’s creation transcended its medicinal origins as the Aromatic Bitters found a new calling in the world of cocktails. Bartenders and enthusiasts alike recognized its unique ability to enhance and elevate the flavor profile of mixed drinks. By the mid-19th century, Angostura Bitters had become a staple ingredient in bars worldwide, featuring prominently in iconic cocktails such as the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned.


The House Of Applejay Old Fashion

In crafting the House of Applejay Old Fashion, we combine 3 parts of Bourbon and 1 part of Winter Cherry Mountain Liqueur, along with dashes of Angostura Orange, creating a uniquely flavorful cocktail.


Expansion and Innovation

As the demand for Angostura Bitters soared, Dr. Siegert’s sons recognized the opportunity to expand their enterprise. In 1875, they relocated the family business to Port of Spain, Trinidad, where they established a new distillery. This move marked a pivotal moment in the history of The House of Angostura, solidifying its presence on the island and laying the groundwork for the production of not only bitters but also a diverse range of exceptional spirits.


Legacy and Adaptation

The early days of The House of Angostura reflect a convergence of medicinal expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and a keen understanding of the evolving preferences of consumers. Dr. Johann Siegert’s legacy as a pioneer in the world of bitters and spirits lives on, with the distillery continuing to thrive and innovate, proudly preserving its rich heritage while adapting to the ever-changing landscape of the global spirits industry.

The Distilling Culture


Embark on a global journey, and you’ll find that cultures possess tales that harken back to their ancient beginnings of distillation, brewing, and winemaking.

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