Atlas Gold 135 Saffron Bitters
With 135 strands of organic saffron from the Moroccan mountains infused into each bottle, Atlas Gold 135’s golden colour and floral, warm honeyed notes offer a unique indulgent flavour and distinctive colour.
Distiller’s Notes: Atlas Gold 135 Saffron Bitters
Atlas Gold 135 is named after the 135 strands of organic saffron infused into each bottle, its warm golden colour and the mountain range where the saffron is cultivated in Morocco. The Atlas Mountains are an ideal location to grow the ‘queen of spices’ because of its hot dry summers and elevated altitude. Traditionally the stigmas from the saffron flowers would be left to dry on rooftops over a number of days. However, this leads to a loss of potency of the valuable phytochemicals and so we pick and dry our saffron the same day, using dehydrators which preserves the high levels of active ingredients found in our saffron. This together with our strict quality control ensures our saffron exceeds the ISO requirements for the highest quality Category 1 saffron.
With its distinctive colour, its floral and warm honeyed notes, saffron is the only spice in the world that provides colour, aroma and flavour. Aside from its unique flavour and distinctive colour, saffron has been prized through the ages for its health-promoting properties, aiding digestion, improving mood and for reducing inflammation. Until recently the efficacy of this incredible spice had been purely anecdotal but now medical research has begun to confirm the astonishing healing properties of saffron.
The compounds safranal and crocin have been shown to have significant anti-depressant effects, most likely achieved by its ability to ensure balanced levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. Several studies have shown therapeutic doses of saffron were as good as pharmaceutical anti-depressant medication without the well-known negative side-effects.1
Saffron for Insomnia
Although the exact mechanism is not fully understood research suggests that crocin in saffron can induce non-REM sleep that is very similar to physiological sleep.
Saffron is a good source of carotenoids, a powerful group of antioxidant compounds, the main ones in saffron are crocin and crocetin. The antioxidants in saffron also help protect the eyes from the effects of too much ultraviolet radiation. In addition, the latest research has shown that saffron may help prevent eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.2
These same antioxidant properties have been shown to reduce the oxidative stress in the central nervous system which contributes to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.4 Anecdotal evidence suggests saffron can be used to help improve memory and enhance learning processes.
Ongoing research has shown that crocin and safranal in saffron can inhibit the growth of malignant cancer cells. This suggests that saffron possesses anti-cancer properties.5
As a potent saffron bitters, Atlas Gold 135, may help you feel happier, sleep better, keep the brain sharp and act as a powerful antioxidant to heal damaged cells when used regularly. Now you can really enjoy that saffron-infused cocktail! Cheers!
1Khaksarian M, Masoud Meysam B, Maryam B, Jahanpanah A, Riccardo F. Zerbetto F (2019) The Efficacy of Crocus Sativus (Saffron)versus placebo & Fluoxetine in treating depression: A systemic review & meta-analysis. Psychological research & Behavioural Management 12 297-30
2Lashay A, Sadough G. Ashgrafi E, Lashay M, Movassat M, Akhondzadeh , (2016) Short-term Outcomes of Saffron Supplementation in Patients with Age-related Macular Degeneration: A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Randomized Trial Med Hypothesis Discov Innov Ophthalmol. 2016 Spring; 5(1): 32–38.
3Tiribuzi R, Crispoltoni L, Chiurchiù V. Casella A, Montecchiani C, Marco Del Pino A, Maccarrone M, Alberto Palmerin C, Caltagirone C, Kawarai T,Orlacchio A, Orlacchio A. (2017)Trans-crocetin improves amyloid-β degradation in monocytes from Alzheimer’s Disease patients. Journal of the Neurological Sciences; 72 (2017) 408–412.
4Patel S. Sarwat M. Khan T. (2017) Mechanism behind the anti-tumour potential of saffron (Crocus sativus L.): The molecular perspective. Critical Reviews in Oncology and Haematology 07-01, Volume 115, Pages 27-35,
|Alcohol By Volume||40%|
|U.K. Units per bottle||6|
|Tasting notes||Indulgent warm honeyed herbaceous notes with a subtle citrus layer.|
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|Dimensions||25 × 15 × 15 cm|