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zwack unicum

bowmore36 Aug 21, 2008 01:49 AM

any one know where to find it in boston?

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: bowmore36 Aug 21, 2008 05:54 AM

    I've had my eye out for it for a while locally without finding it. Even the places with a good selection of bitters -- Martignetti's in the North End and in Brighton, Blanchard's in Allston -- don't carry it. It may be one of those rarities that just isn't distributed in Massachusetts; I can't get Antica Formula vermouth anywhere, either. Might be worth a call to Brix Wine Shop (South End and Financial District); they'll special-order anything for a premium.

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      bowmore36 RE: MC Slim JB Aug 21, 2008 10:44 AM

      it just became available in the us again about a year ago or longer just haven't seen it boston.... but as striper guy even asks, thats been the response all over.

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        9lives RE: MC Slim JB Aug 21, 2008 11:20 AM

        The liquor store on Hanover doesn't have it..looked at me like I had 2 heads..:)

        Had to console myself with a bottle of Fernet Branca.

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          bowmore36 RE: 9lives Aug 21, 2008 11:34 AM

          forunately you have 2 people on here that wouldn't look at you like that!!!

      2. StriperGuy RE: bowmore36 Aug 21, 2008 06:27 AM

        Course it would help if you told us what Zwack Unicum is...

        Never fear wiki to the rescue:


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          MC Slim JB RE: StriperGuy Aug 21, 2008 06:31 AM

          It's in the Fernet Branca school of "so bitter you can't think while you're tasting it". Not for the faint of heart.

        2. galleygirl RE: bowmore36 Aug 21, 2008 11:23 AM

          Boy, the Wiki definition makes me think it would be available in the liquor sections of Bazaar, or maybe Baza, that new place in Newton....

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            bowmore36 RE: galleygirl Aug 21, 2008 01:02 PM

            interesting... i will look into that.

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            9lives RE: bowmore36 Aug 27, 2008 08:45 AM

            Just bought a bottle at Cirace's on Richmond St in the NE. There's a few left..:)

            1. ponyboy RE: bowmore36 Aug 27, 2008 09:11 AM

              spotted this at Marty's Newton on Monday.

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                bowmore36 RE: ponyboy Aug 27, 2008 03:46 PM

                thank you!

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                petrovics RE: bowmore36 Dec 6, 2008 02:48 AM

                I am wandering how did you make out with the unicum. I am looking for this for a while and could not find any in Eastern Massachussetts. I talk to a hungarian specialty store (Otto) in California and he said sent back to hungary a container unicum because could not sold it. He said it is too bitter for most Americans. Online I found a Company advertizing it "Internet Wines and liquors" for $29 however, the bottle had the red cross and said zwack on it, but it is a sweet liquor (not even a little bitter) which is undrinkable for me. So only the bottle is similar to the hungarian unicum but not the drink. Please reply!

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                  9lives RE: petrovics Dec 6, 2008 05:10 AM

                  read my post; 3 above yours and ponyboy's; 2 up

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                    9lives RE: 9lives Dec 7, 2008 03:44 PM

                    also saw it at Bina Alimentari today.

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                      MC Slim JB RE: 9lives Apr 17, 2009 11:38 AM

                      In general they have some interesting, little-seen amari at Bina, like Nardini "Tagliatella", one of those grappa-maker sideline products that's quite unusual and delicious. A bit fruity (cherries, maybe?), but still with some herbal complexity, like a lighter version of some of the sweeter amari like Averna and Abano.


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                        barleywino RE: MC Slim JB May 29, 2009 03:37 PM

                        Nardini Amaro reminds me of chocolate mint...

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                  martybmccabe RE: bowmore36 Dec 6, 2008 06:56 PM

                  Marty's in Allston has usually had it...

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                    Canuckgiver RE: bowmore36 Apr 17, 2009 11:03 AM

                    Do you have friends in Canada?
                    In Ontario, you can still get Original Unicum in 500ml bottles for about $22 CDN from the provincial liquor store, the LCBO.

                    This is NOT the cherry-sweetened product (called 'Unicum Next' in Europe) that is selling around here in a similarly-shaped bottle marked 'Zwack Liqueur'.

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                      iloveporkbelly RE: Canuckgiver Apr 17, 2009 08:45 PM

                      Marty's in Newton usually carries it and I have had good good luck at the New Hampshire liquor store on 95 southbound just over the border. Now if only some of our finer drinking establishments would start carrying it and creating great drinks like those at Death and Co in NYC and Zig Zag in Seattle.

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                        MC Slim JB RE: iloveporkbelly Apr 17, 2009 09:31 PM

                        I hope you're just talking about Unicum cocktails. I haven't been to Zig Zag, but I'd say the mixology at Drink is at least the equal of what they're doing at Death and Co., Unicum or no.


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                          iloveporkbelly RE: MC Slim JB Apr 17, 2009 09:38 PM

                          I agree whole heartedly. Just wish they had unicum. Misty is the one that set me up when I went to Death and Co.

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                          barleywino RE: iloveporkbelly May 29, 2009 03:41 PM

                          If you like Zig Zag in Seattle, you should try Spur (in Seattle) next time you're out there...even the bartenders at Drink would find Spur's stuff very interesting (better yet, get down to Teardrop in Portland OR)

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                        chrissy654 RE: bowmore36 May 29, 2009 12:16 PM

                        This facebook link shows places that carry it on a google map.


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                          yarm RE: chrissy654 Oct 13, 2010 09:00 AM

                          That seems like its for Zwack which is the syrupy non-bitter cousin of their Unicum product.

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                            MC Slim JB RE: chrissy654 Oct 14, 2010 06:46 AM

                            There's a big marketing push in Boston on behalf of Zwack, many bars running promos for it. I think that stuff is really weak, an obvious Jagermeister knockoff aimed at, well, the kind of kids who think doing multiple Jager shots is a good idea. Terrible stuff, and I'm really disheartened at the rumor that distribution of Unicum, their original product and a great one, a serious bitters, will be discontinued in the US so they can flog this dreck.


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                              A.A. RE: MC Slim JB Oct 15, 2010 08:16 AM

                              Is Zwack actually selling the new, apparently crappier Unicum (Unicum Next?) in the same bottles formerly used for the original Unicum? Can someone clue me in on how (or if) the appearance of the bottles of the original and new products differ in the States?

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