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Hey there. I've been trying to set up my home bar to make all of the classic and forgotten cocktails that I posted about earlier, but I've had a lot of trouble finding a source for some of my ingredients. I'd much rather buy local than mail order, and I'd happily place a special order through a friendly liquor store, but any recommendations would help!

I'm looking to find a source for:
Torani Amer
Luxardo maraschino
Ramazzotti amaro
Old Potrero rye
Strega

Any help would be appreciated!

Once the rain settles down, it'll be time for Hemingway Daiquiris again, and I'm running dangerously low on maraschino!

N.

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There was a thread on Luxardo maraschino in the shopping forum back in April, HERE. The upshot of it was that I went to Chevy Chase liquor and bought all three bottles that they had in stock. Whether they've restocked I don't know. Joe Riley told me via PM that apparently local distributors aren't carrying it any more. You should call Chevy Chase and ask.

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Strega is not hard to find. Ask any liquor store to order it for you.

Ramazzotti was distributed by National Distributors here for a long time. Perhaps they still have it. For Amaros I also like Montenegro and Quintessentia from Nonino. Nonino is imported by Paterno.

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Strega is in stock at Cleveland park liquors and as I stated earlier Winebow brings in the Luxardo line for the DC area. You can call ron brooks at 703-867-1395 and he will see that your local liquor store, or at least one of the better ones will have it for you. Old Potrero is made by Anchor Brewing in San Fransisco and is brought in by Bacchus wine importers. Again, Cleveland Park carries this/will order it for you. Enjoy the mixing!

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Pearson's has the Luxardo line. Besides the Maraschino that's an excellent Limoncello & Amaretto.

I was buying Sancerre, also noticed Orgeat & Falernum which, depending on Vic's or

Don's recipe, are needed for a Mai Tai.

Massenz liquers are also stocked. So check them out for ingredients. I saw other stuff which was pushed out by a flood of sake a few hours later.

Torani shouldn't be a problem.

Ask for Portrero. Bourbon has this on call.

Dan don't know about Cacique, everywhere has a bunch of different moonshine varieies :unsure: , but Tic Tac aguaradiente, various Piscos & Pitu Cachacha are around.

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Pearson's has the Luxardo line. Besides the Maraschino that's an excellent Limoncello & Amaretto.

When I checked Pearson's a couple of months ago, they had only Stock maraschino, no Luxardo. Things change, of course. What they did and do have that's fairly hard to find around here is Vya vermouth.

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Not obscure, but rare around here--does anyone know where I can find Lagavulin 12 year-old cask strength scotch in metro DC? I hear great things, but have yet to come across it.

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Not obscure, but rare around here--does anyone know where I can find Lagavulin 12 year-old cask strength scotch in metro DC? I hear great things, but have yet to come across it.

I seem to remember seeing it at Ace Liquors, but I'd call to be sure.

:unsure:

N.

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Not obscure, but rare around here--does anyone know where I can find Lagavulin 12 year-old cask strength scotch in metro DC? I hear great things, but have yet to come across it.
You can find an empty bottle of it in my recycle bin. The things you've heard about it are true. Sadly, it was a gift from my dad in Philly, so no dice on the DC source.

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Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits has the younger & stronger Old Portrero, and I've had them order the older & cheaper one for me. I liked both of them, the three year old 19th century style is definitely easier to drink and is the one that I am likely to buy next time. The 124 proof is interesting though and it is kind of fun seeing how adding different amounts of water changes the taste.

Speaking of obscure liquors has anyone had the absynthe that was written up in the New Yorker a few months ago? I think its illegal in the US but the article kind of hints that if you order a small amount from an english website it will get through customs.

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When I checked Pearson's a couple of months ago, they had only Stock maraschino, no Luxardo. Things change, of course. What they did and do have that's fairly hard to find around here is Vya vermouth.
Bell's also has Vya, but since I bought the last bottle of extra dry about an hour ago at this point they only have the sweet.

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Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits has the younger & stronger Old Portrero, and I've had them order the older & cheaper one for me. I liked both of them, the three year old 19th century style is definitely easier to drink and is the one that I am likely to buy next time. The 124 proof is interesting though and it is kind of fun seeing how adding different amounts of water changes the taste.

Speaking of obscure liquors has anyone had the absynthe that was written up in the New Yorker a few months ago? I think its illegal in the US but the article kind of hints that if you order a small amount from an english website it will get through customs.

I haven't tried it, but there's a website here you may find useful (courtesy of Modern Drunkard Magazine).

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Speaking of obscure liquors has anyone had the absynthe that was written up in the New Yorker a few months ago? I think its illegal in the US but the article kind of hints that if you order a small amount from an english website it will get through customs.
You probably mean Jade...they get a lot of press. A friend of mine ordered three bottles (One of each kind) for New Years, and I had some. It was good...maybe not mind-blowing, but I liked it. Unfortunately I don't remember enough to tell you about them in any great or specific detail as to the difference between them (Don't look at me like that...it was expensive! We only had a little! [Translation: I was drunk on other things too]) I guess what I'm saying is if I'm ever in a position to buy $100 bottles of booze...after buying some other stuff, I'd go for some Jade Absinthe :) . I wasn't under the impression that it was a big deal to bring in (They shipped practically next-day air in foam cases), and if there's a limit, it's more than three bottles.
I haven't tried it, but there's a website here you may find useful (courtesy of Modern Drunkard Magazine).
Ahhh, that stuff. Jade I knew from reputation. That stuff I know because they take out a lot of sidebar ads on certain websites. I'd pony up for some Jade and invite me over. :lol:

Jade website

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Bell's also has Vya, but since I bought the last bottle of extra dry about an hour ago at this point they only have the sweet.

I've been mail ordering Vya for a couple years now. Where are Bells and Pearsons?

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I've been mail ordering Vya for a couple years now. Where are Bells and Pearsons?
Bell's is next to Camelot, and Pearson's is across the street from Good Guys. :)

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Bell's is next to Camelot, and Pearson's is across the street from Good Guys. :)

Great. And thanks for the landmarks...

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Cleveland Park Wines had Luxardo Maraschino as of two weeks ago.
They did not have Maraschino today, but they did have Luxardo Triplum Orange liqueur.

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A very dear and considerate friend has brought me a present from his trip: a bottle of Chartreuse elixir. Smells intense and yummy. I'm about to go play bartender with it. Any suggestions? Adam? Derek? Tom? Chris? Todd? anybody...little help?

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Anyone have a lead on how to land some more Vahine Vanille Creme liquor? I brought a bottle back from the honeymoon to Moorea 2 years ago and am down to my last glass tonight. Stored in the fridge and served over a couple of ice cubes, it's a pretty nice way to wind down in the evening.

(This has been one of the few times when the internet machine has failed me. All I can find is other folks looking to track this stuff down.)

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Which bottling? If it's the VEP stuff, don't mix with it.
I can think of one exception, that is if you have both Yellow and Green VEP, then mix them together in equal parts for a heavenly drink.

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