A “Black Lemon” is an earthy, smoky, spice commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking, and contrary to what the name suggests, is actually a dehydrated lime, but the name of the spice was a mistranslation from Arabic to English ages ago. Despite not having any actual “black lemon” in this bitters, the bright and fresh lemon flavor has rich floral notes and deep earthy spices that are reminiscent of the “black lemon,” hence the name.
Seattle bartender Miles Thomas founded Scrappy’s Bitters in his search for better bitters. He dove headfirst into research and development, immersing himself in the world herbs and extraction methods. He learned to pair flavors to intensify the taste he was seeking, and he came to understand that there were not only many ways to extract flavor from the same source, but that each yielded a different taste. His journey proved fruitful: After years of experiments, Scrappy’s officially launched in 2008, and a small, but dedicated team has been making handcrafted bitters in Seattle, WA ever since.