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Source for Luxardo Amaretto, Maraschino and other products?

StriperGuy Jan 2, 2009 10:32 AM

Swear I saw a recent thread on this topic, but search turned up nothing.

I had a Luxardo Amaretto at Eastern Standard recently and dang if it wasn't a ton better that DiSaronno. Less sweet, more subtle, complex, and heck Amaretto-y.

Does anyone know a Boston area liquor store with a good stock of Luxardo products. If the Amaretto is that good I might as well stock up.

  1. MC Slim JB Jan 2, 2009 10:40 AM

    I've found that the Luxardo Maraschino is easier to come by than the Amaretto. I think I saw both products at the Blanchard's in JP the other day. (I scored some Zwack Unicum there, myself).

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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      Allstonian Jan 2, 2009 11:02 AM

      I've seen Luxardo maraschino, and their cherries, at Martignetti's within the past week. Didn''t see the amaretto, but I wasn't looking at amarettos at all, so for all I know it was there.

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      dfan Jan 2, 2009 11:41 AM

      The liquor store at the Fresh Pond mall (next to Whole Foods) has Luxardo Maraschino, and I remember seeing a few different Amarettos there though I don't recall if Luxardo was one of them.

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        wittlejosh Jan 2, 2009 12:52 PM

        I've seen some of that stuff at Brix in the South End

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          wrenhunter Jan 2, 2009 01:30 PM

          Yeah, I got the Maraschino at Brix a few weeks ago. Marty's has it too ... as well as Peychaud's!

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          dfan Jan 5, 2009 06:35 AM

          I checked this weekend while I was there. No Luxardo amaretto (they had three other amarettos, though, including the DiSaronno of course) but they did have Luxardo limoncello.

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          kimfair1 Jan 5, 2009 04:35 AM

          Got a great deal on the Luxardo Maraschino at Marty's in Newton the other day. 1 bottle luxardo and two jars of the yummy cherries. The cherries sell for $15 to $20 a jar, and the liquor is about $30. The package was $39.00. great deal, and the cherries will blow you away.

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            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 7, 2009 11:03 PM

            We made a special trip over to the Newton Marty's tonight to see if they had any more of this deal. There were six left after we bought ours. I can't recommend the trip more highly: seriously, you're basically getting a jar and a half of the cherries for free. Cannot beat it.

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              Scortch Jan 8, 2009 03:16 AM

              Agreed! That was my Christmas present to myself this year!

              As for the amaretto, I don't know for sure if Marty's Newton has it in stock, but I do know that they had a slew of the other Luxardo products, Triple Sec, etc. Give 'em a call (or use the Maraschino deal as an excuse...).

              BTW, I'll have to check out the amaretto myself as my DiSoranno is getting low.... Thanks!

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                StriperGuy Jan 8, 2009 06:33 AM

                Cool, thanks. I did hit the Marty's in Brighton and they had some Luxardo products, but not the cherries deal. Sounds like I need to schedule a trip to Marty's Newton.

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                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 8, 2009 06:46 AM

                  I have never had time to just block out an hour and go into the Newton Marty's to wander the aisles. It's about three times the size of our Marty's, and looks endlessly fascinating.

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                    kimfair1 Jan 8, 2009 06:57 AM

                    Yeah the Newton Marty's blows the Allston Marty's away in terms of stock and choices. I'm glad everyone got the deal, those cherries are really to die for. I use them in any drink that calls for a maraschino cherry. You'll never eat another red dyed piece of junk again.

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                      Scortch Jan 9, 2009 06:29 AM

                      Though I haven't yet taken advantage of it, from my understanding the Marty's in Allston can have stuff transferred from Newton as kind of a special order. So if you know that they have particular product (such as Marie Brizzard Apry) in Newton...

                      I don't know if they tack any additional $ onto this at all, but it is an option if you have a tough time getting to Newton but have a familiarity with their stock.

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                      natecsd Jan 8, 2009 09:53 AM

                      Having never made the trip to the Newton Marty's, I took the plunge to grab the Maraschino deal. I also checked - they DO have Luxardo Amaretto on the shelf. And tons of other stuff - what a selection. And what high prices (compared with what Blanchards JP carries, at least...). Thanks for the tip!

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                      rlh Jan 8, 2009 06:47 AM

                      Thanks for the tip - just called and was told no problem on the inventory level of the deal - currently 8 on the shelf and an unopened case in the back.

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                      kitsune Jan 7, 2010 12:11 PM

                      Wow. I realize this thread is from last year, but does anyone happen to know if these sets are still available? I'd love to get my hands on one!

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                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 7, 2010 12:16 PM

                        Not unless they got in a fresh batch over the holidays this year -- they're long since gone.

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                          kitsune Jan 7, 2010 12:51 PM

                          I just gave them a call to check, and indeed, I am out of luck. Rats!

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                            ucratbo Jan 23, 2011 06:20 AM

                            Just to clarify, not only does Marty's in Newtonville not offer the special deal, they don't carry the cherries at all anymore. Was there last night and asked.

                    5. StriperGuy Jan 9, 2009 08:22 AM

                      Maraschino Liquor reconsidered: Was at Eastern Standard last night and finally had an Aviation Cocktail... my reaction... eh. Just not that exciting to me. I even asked the bartender for a taste of the straight Maraschino liquor. I thought it would be much more cherry kirsch like and less perfumey. I like some perfumey things, notably Howards Violet Chewing gum, but the Maraschino did not rock me.

                      That said had the Luxardo Amaretto again and it is so tasty. Way prefer it's subtler drier taste to the (what I now see as) almost cloyingly sweet taste of DiSaronno. That said, those Luxardo cherries do sound good. Will definitely pick up a bottle of the Luxardo Amaretto sooner or later. I have this taste for an Amaretto sour made with the Luxardo, not too much lemon, it would be awesome.

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                        kimfair1 Jan 9, 2009 09:11 AM

                        Eastern Standard makes their own Maraschino liquer, I believe. I have noticed that the Luxardo has a much stronger flavor. I really like the ES Aviation, but had to really decrease the amount of Luxardo to approximate the taste, compared to how much maraschino liquer they put in at ES.

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                          StriperGuy Jan 9, 2009 10:57 AM

                          They used Luxardo in mine. Saw them pour it. Though later they did give me a taste of some other Maraschino in a generic looking bottle. Might have been the house-bottled. Did not really care for that either.

                        2. re: StriperGuy
                          rlh Jan 9, 2009 10:30 AM

                          I agree about the Aviation - try a Refined Speech as an alternative - more gin, lemon instead of lime juice - more complex and better balanced IMHO - Misty at Drink made a memorable one for me a couple of weeks ago.

                        3. MC Slim JB Jan 7, 2010 11:47 AM

                          Stock Maraschino might suit you better: it's a bit dryer, lighter-bodied, and less complex. Makes a very nice Aviation cocktail.

                          I'm starting to see the Luxardo Amaretto (vastly superior to DiSaronno in my book, too) and Luxardo Sambuca in a few places, like Cirace's and Wild Duck in the North End, and Liquor Land in Roxbury.

                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                            yarm Jan 7, 2010 01:07 PM

                            Stock Maraschino might have been discontinued in the last few months from the rumors I've heard combined with bars that used to use it have been forced to switch over to Luxardo.

                            I believe a good bit of the Luxardo line can be found at Marty's in Newtonville. I've seen a smaller part of the line-up at Ball Square Liquors and elsewhere.

                            http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/

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                              MC Slim JB Jan 7, 2010 02:01 PM

                              Is that just in MA? I've had to start hoarding and self-importing all kinds of things: Amer Picon, Zwack Unicum (which I was told recently is no longer being exported to the States at all, in favor of the icky, Jager-like Zwack, called Zwack Next in Hungary), pacharan. The liquor distribution setup in this state blows.

                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                katzzz Jan 8, 2010 05:00 AM

                                I was in Martinetti's last weekend buying some Luxardo maraschino and got into a conversation with one of the managers. I asked him why they no longer carry Stock maraschino -- or any other Stock products for that matter -- and he said they are no longer distributed in Massachusetts.
                                On a related note, anyone where you can get those Luxardo cherries for the best price. I saw them on sale at Formaggio's last week for $24, so I'm pretty sure I now know where to get them at the highest price!

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                                  MC Slim JB Jan 8, 2010 05:22 AM

                                  The best deal I've seen on the Luxardo cherries locally is about $20 (including my last purchase of them at South End Formaggio).

                                  The truly best deal is on the mega-can: $150 for 12 lbs, about half the cost by weight of the little jars. You probably need to put together a syndicate of cherry-lovers to make that one worthwhile: save those old 360-gm jars!

                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                    kitsune Jan 8, 2010 05:51 AM

                                    I have a hunch that I've seen Luxardo cherries at Liquor World in Porter Square for less than $20 (I want to say they were around $17), but I could be wrong. I'll check tonight and post a follow-up!

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                                      kitsune Jan 12, 2010 06:59 AM

                                      $19 at Liquor World. Not as good of a price as I'd thought, but not bad.

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                                    EvergreenDan Jan 8, 2010 05:58 AM

                                    The Boston Shaker (Davis Sq Somerville) has them for $20. I saw lots in stock. Unfortunately you'll probably walk out with $50 of bitters and other stuff. ;)

                                    I should really try these, but I like the jarred unpreserved baking cherries from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. They don't last forever, so I let my daughter eat them plain whenever the jar is getting old.

                                    I've also rehydrated dried cherries with sprits. Are the Luxardo cherry that much better?

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                                      MC Slim JB Jan 8, 2010 06:14 AM

                                      I've done the dried cherries rehyrdated with maraschino or brandy. I think they're pretty tasty and a comparative bargain, but esthetically far less appealing than the Luxardos: they're small, shrivelly, and pale brown in color. Fresh sour cherries when available, macerated in some strong spirit, are also good.

                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                        nsenada Jan 8, 2010 06:20 AM

                                        I use TJs dried cherries too, reconstituted in brandy and sour cherry syrup. Have yet to try the Luxardo.

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                                        barleywino Jan 8, 2010 06:24 AM

                                        i haven't done a price per ounce comparison with Luxardo but check out Amarena Fabbri cherries on amazon.com (I think Striper can confirm that these are great cherries ;)

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                                          kimfair1 Jan 8, 2010 06:59 AM

                                          I'm still working on my second jar of Luxardo cherries from when I bought the gift set last year, but would be willing to try a cheaper alternative. I only use the Luxardo ones for drink garnishes, but they are incredible.

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                                            phatchris Jan 9, 2010 05:26 AM

                                            I got Amarena cherries from J pace last year, not the Fabbri though, and they tasted like cough syrup at about $20 a jar.

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                                              barleywino Jan 12, 2010 10:42 AM

                                              haven't tried the non-Fabbri ones...were those the Amarena Toschi cherries? thanks for the warning

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                                                phatchris Jan 12, 2010 03:38 PM

                                                Yes, I couldn't remember the name.

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                                            cambridgedoctpr Jan 23, 2011 06:26 AM

                                            one of my friends lives in soho; whenever we pass Dean and DeLuca's; he always mentions: you can find better quality, but you will never pay more.

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                                      phatchris Jan 9, 2010 05:24 AM

                                      The Wild Duck in the North End stocks Luxardo Maraschino and the cherries as well. Not sure on the pricing, but they are usually very fair.

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