Bitters also help drinkers dodge the “sin taxes” and other restrictions placed on alcohol first in England and then in the United States.Because they live up to their name, triggering the “bitter” taste buds on one’s tongue, bitters were mixed with other spirits in the 18th century to make them more palatable.
Any one of these factors is frequently not sufficient in and of itself to make a bottle valuable.
All bottles made before the turn of the century are partly or completely hand blown and formed.
Bottles made after about 1914 were produced in much greater number by machine (ABM for Automatic Bottle Machine).
These days, Britain is awash with different gins, and they don’t even all have juniper as the dominant note.
Whitley Neill, made with baobab fruit, is African-inspired, while Bloom, with its notes of honeysuckle and camomile, tastes like an English garden.