Peychaud’s is the classic bitter that pushes licorice root to the fore. It is also unique among aromatic bitters for its tart and fruity flavors, with lots of rhubarb-like vegetal twang and the sweet juiciness of cherry candy. There is some spice, mostly clove, with a pop of saffron and orange zest before a long and moderately bitter gentian finish.
Compared to Angostura, Peychaud’s are sweet and light, more sunny afternoon slushie than dusty leather armchair. While Angostura is hefty, with a woodiness and more pronounced bitterness, Peychaud’s is tart and juicy with a strong licorice wallop. The assorted baking spices of Angostura (clove, allspice, cardamom, and cinnamon) is dialed down significantly, with citrus and floral flavors rounding out the clove of Peychaud’s.