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References used to create this graphic:
Volatile and sensory profiling of cocktail bitters
Aromatic plants in alcoholic beverages
The extraction of yellow gentian root
Quantification of phenolic compounds in sweet and bitter orange peel
Minor diterpenoids from cascarilla
Bitters for beginners
A brief history of bitters
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