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Looking for Rittenhouse 100

BobB Jan 9, 2010 11:55 AM

This is one of those things that was below my radar until recently, now suddenly it seems I see it mentioned everywhere - but I can't find any in my usual liquor outlets. Anyone seen it for sale, preferably in Allston or Brookline?

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  1. rlh RE: BobB Jan 9, 2010 01:03 PM

    I am nervously hoarding my last partial bottle. It is tough to find these days - the folks at Cambridge Wine and Spirits at Fresh Pond have been out of stock for weeks and said the distributor doesn't have it - also tried Martignetti and Marty's but neither appears to stock it. Brix on Broad has only the very fancy reserve version at a much higher price and said they can't get it right now, either

    I hope someone knows of a reliable source (or can recommend a different 100 proof rye for making bitters - maybe Wild Turkey, but it's 50% more expensive....not sure Old Overholt or Pikesville would be a good substitute...)

    1. MC Slim JB RE: BobB Jan 9, 2010 01:47 PM

      Tough to beat that one for value. I emptied a bottle recently (making 1794s), think I probably got it at Blanchard's or Liquor Land.


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        Vin Ordinaire RE: BobB Jan 9, 2010 09:05 PM

        Sadly, Rittenhouse 100 is out of stock in the market. A representative of Heaven Hill, the company that owns and manages Rittenhouse, told me that it wouldn't be available until late spring or early summer. That means that any store that has it has had it on the shelves for months and simply not sold it. (I think it went dark in October) So your best bet would be to try places that have no cocktail following and are not in the top tier of stores. Check small mom and pop and out of the way stores. Sorry, I know that is not much help.

        As for a reliable substitute, there's not much like Rittenhouse 100 in the same price range. I've switched to Old Overholt mostly, though it be much lighter and leaner. I don't think the Turkey 100 to be worth the money, and I think Pikesville is would be to mellow for bitter infusions. rlh, have you considered using Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy for your bitters? Absolutely a different flavor but similar body, proof, and mixability. I think you could get some interesting results...

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          BobB RE: Vin Ordinaire Jan 10, 2010 05:57 AM

          Thanks - sad news but at least now I know why I've had no luck.

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            BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Vin Ordinaire Jan 10, 2010 09:48 AM

            Have you actually seen Laird's Bonded in Boston? I've had no luck whatsoever turning it up.

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              MC Slim JB RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 10, 2010 01:48 PM

              I've been looking for Laird's Bonded for a while too: I don't think it's distributed in MA. I believe Drink has had it, but they have a lot of things that aren't coming through traditional distribution channels.


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                nsenada RE: MC Slim JB Jan 10, 2010 02:36 PM

                There was a thread on egullet (am I allowed to mention that?) that I saw mentioning that a small obscure distributor had the "rights" to it in MA.

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                  craigasaurus RE: MC Slim JB Jan 18, 2010 02:41 PM

                  I've obtained Laird's Bonded at Blanchard's in Allston, and I can't imagine it's a huge mover. Also, Drink definitely has it since I had some there last night!

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                    Allstonian RE: craigasaurus Jan 18, 2010 02:46 PM

                    Unfortunately, ever since the Puppy Stomping Incident we won't shop at the Allston Blanchard's. However, we'll definitely try to remember to stop in at Downtown Wine & Spirits the next time we're in Davis Square.

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                      nsenada RE: Allstonian Jan 18, 2010 07:07 PM

                      I sure hope that's not a literal description of the incident.

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                        MC Slim JB RE: nsenada Jan 18, 2010 08:00 PM

                        Alas, no: http://www.weeklydig.com/%5Bcatpath%5...


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                          BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: MC Slim JB Jan 18, 2010 09:35 PM

                          Yep. Blanchard's gets none of our money until the Puppy Stomper is gone.

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                            nsenada RE: MC Slim JB Jan 19, 2010 05:39 AM

                            Holy crap - that's about as low as you can get. I'm glad I don't shop there anymore, for convenience reasons, and now for this reason.

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                    skokefoe RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 13, 2010 09:42 AM

                    Downtown Wine & Spirits in Davis Square has had it the last several times I've been. Good news - I searched in several stores in southern NJ last year looking for some and had been slowly savoring it. Nice to get it locally...

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                      nsenada RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 19, 2010 06:03 AM

                      I have seen the 7 and 1/2 year old apple brandy at Federal Wines - they are trying to get the "standard" bonded apple brandy as well, but have to go through J. Polep.

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                        nsenada RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 2, 2010 07:47 PM

                        Found it at Martin Bros., in Inman. Amazing selection of rums and cachacas (among other things)

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                          MC Slim JB RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Sep 11, 2010 02:34 PM

                          I found the Laird's Bonded at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis Square. A great product, and a really good value (~$22).


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                        phatchris RE: BobB Jan 10, 2010 06:46 AM

                        I'll reluctantly tell you that they have a few bottles at the Wild Duck in the North End.

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                          rlh RE: phatchris Jan 13, 2010 06:35 AM

                          Bad news: they were out at Wild Duck when I stopped there yesterday (though the place and the manager there are both great!)

                          Good news: there were still two bottles (priced high at $21.99 but still good value IMHO) remaining on the shelf as I happily left Giles Liquors in Medford last night - they also have a store in Woburn that it may be worthing checking with if those two bottles are the last in Medford.

                        2. nsenada RE: BobB Jan 10, 2010 09:16 AM

                          Not sure it's much help now, but Gary's in W. Roxbury and Federal Wines in Boston had it a few months ago.

                          1. yarm RE: BobB Jan 19, 2010 11:31 AM

                            The RH100 shortages are cyclical. I've seen it before and it always reappears in a few months.

                            The best widely available substitute flavorwise would be Sazerac 6 Year. Old Overholt and Pikesville are too smooth (these are the Maryland-style as opposed to the Pennsylvania-style or spicy variety).

                            Perhaps a good substitute for bitters would be Fightingcock Bourbon which has a high rye content and weighs in at 103 proof. Available for about the same price point as Rittenhouse ($17-18 at Downtown Wine & Spirits).


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                              rlh RE: yarm Mar 13, 2010 05:03 PM

                              FYI, Atlas in Medford had Sazerac (80 proof) for $22 per 750 ml recently - I like it but do think it's sweeter and smoother than Rittenhouse, which is not always a thing. Old Overholt is a totally different flavor profile (and fine for many purposes, just not the same at all).

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                                okra RE: rlh Mar 14, 2010 07:30 AM

                                I swapped some emails with the Heaven Hill people - basically, "hold your horses" is the answer. Demand > Supply.

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                              BoojiBoy RE: BobB Mar 13, 2010 02:37 PM

                              I bought a bottle at Giles Market in West Medford last week. It was the last bottle on the shelf at that store, but you could call and see if they have more at another of their locations.

                              1. jgg13 RE: BobB May 16, 2010 02:20 PM

                                any recent sightings? I've been increasnigly seeing it in bars but still am only seeing old overcoat & a random smattering of more expensive fare in most of my liquor store forays. Too bad because for the money I think it's really hard to beat

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                                  okra RE: jgg13 May 19, 2010 08:03 AM

                                  From the seller, as of this morning...

                                  Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey is still on allocation until more comes of age. If you still cannot find this product, a sizable number of barrels will come of age in the fall and Rittenhouse should be available to you once again by November, 2010. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We at Heaven Hill understand the resurgence of interest in rye whiskey and are doing our utmost to keep up with demand, but our rye needs to age to maintain high quality standards.

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                                    BobB RE: okra May 19, 2010 08:55 AM

                                    But of course, these are the same people who said last January that it would be available in late spring/early summer (see Vin Ordinaire's post, fourth from the top). I'm not holding my breath.

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                                      okra RE: BobB Jun 17, 2010 06:25 AM


                                      I saw some at Martignetti's on Soldier's Field Road this week. $18.99.

                                      Martignetti Liquors
                                      1650 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton, MA

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                                        BobB RE: okra Jun 17, 2010 09:21 AM

                                        Thanks for the tip!

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                                      djd RE: okra Dec 3, 2010 08:54 PM

                                      I don't know whether "on allocation" is a term of art that says what I'm about to say, but a friend in the biz tells me it's essentially reserved for restaurants right now--because if a restaurant quits carrying your brand, they don't usually go back. Said friend has a bottle, and I hope to hell I taste the stuff and decide it's not worth all the excitement.

                                  2. MC Slim JB RE: BobB Jun 19, 2010 11:09 AM

                                    Liquor Land over by Newmarket Square has a few bottles. They say, "We get it in, and it immediately disappears", so jump if you're going to jump.


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                                      nsenada RE: MC Slim JB Jun 19, 2010 12:24 PM

                                      Thank God I stocked up for the Rittenocalypse.

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                                      natecsd RE: BobB Sep 11, 2010 01:14 PM

                                      Resurrecting an earlier question, anyone seen any Rittenhouse 100 recently around town? Thanks!

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                                        katzzz RE: natecsd Sep 11, 2010 04:32 PM

                                        I've been looking for months with no success.

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                                          johncb RE: natecsd Sep 14, 2010 05:21 AM

                                          I bought some last week at Julio's in Westborough. BTW, their whiskey selection in general is extensive and worth the drive.

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                                            rlh RE: natecsd Oct 5, 2010 02:16 PM

                                            Still only in a few bars (most recently Russell House Tavern, Scampo, and Drink) and my basement stockpile is shrinking...really hope the new batch arrives soon.

                                            215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

                                            Russell House Tavern
                                            14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                              okra RE: rlh Dec 3, 2010 11:06 AM


                                              Martignetti's had ~ a dozen bottles yesterday.

                                              Martignetti Liquors
                                              1650 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton, MA

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                                                ac106 RE: okra Dec 4, 2010 08:42 AM

                                                Just picked up a bottle there today. Thanks for the heads-up

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                                                  BobB RE: okra Dec 5, 2010 05:57 AM

                                                  And...I snagged two of them yesterday! Not that I expect to use it up very quickly but after all this trouble finding it I'm not taking any chances. Thanks again, okra.

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                                                    okra RE: BobB Dec 7, 2010 04:56 AM

                                                    That shelf must have been restocked with more - a full dozen bottles last night. :)

                                                    (It's nearby, what can I say!)

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                                                      okra RE: okra Dec 9, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                      They also have some of the 25 year old Rittenhouse if you have $179.99.

                                            2. nsenada RE: BobB Dec 4, 2010 07:02 AM

                                              Joe at Federal Wines said the UK is gobbling up a lot of the supply - apparently Rittenhouse is quite popular there.

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                                                cambridgedoctpr RE: nsenada Dec 4, 2010 07:12 AM

                                                if you have a relationship with a wine store; ask the buyer to purchase some for you from their suppliers. it probably comes in dribs and drabs to Mass, and if your local liquor store knows you and knows what they want; they will probably try to help you.

                                                i like the people at the wine and cheese cask in somerville; call them and see if they can help you. Dan is the owner and a great guy; steve and kim and jim all work in the wine room.

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                                                  nsenada RE: cambridgedoctpr Dec 4, 2010 07:16 AM

                                                  Joe's been trying, he thinks he may be able to get some soon.

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                                                    bostonbroad RE: nsenada Dec 7, 2010 09:03 AM

                                                    The last time there was a Rittenhouse release, Joe said that to me for three weeks straight. Maybe he'll score this time, I'm just sayin.....

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                                                natecsd RE: BobB Dec 6, 2010 12:38 PM

                                                Blanchards JP had 5 bottles left this afternoon...

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                                                  BoojiBoy RE: natecsd Dec 11, 2010 11:57 AM

                                                  Blanchard's Revere also has a few bottles as of this afternoon.

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                                                  Soxfan49 RE: BobB Dec 7, 2010 08:23 AM

                                                  You know there is something quite baffling about the availability of Rittenhouse. My brother lives in RI and never has a problem finding it. Any time I'm running low I ask him to pick me up a bottle and his liquor store always has it, literally he's never seen it out of stock. My only thoughts as to the reason is either there's lower demand in RI or the liquor store has a very good relationship with the supplier.

                                                  1. StriperGuy RE: BobB Dec 26, 2010 10:09 AM

                                                    Martignetti's on Soldier's Field Road had a ton of it on 12/26/10.

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                                                      powerfulpierre RE: BobB Dec 26, 2010 11:58 AM

                                                      North of Boston, Caporale's Liquors on Broadway in Wakefield had a several bottles on the 24th.


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                                                        phatchris RE: BobB Dec 27, 2010 09:03 AM

                                                        Kappy's on route 1 had it last week.Revere/Saugus/Malden line.

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                                                          Sunday Cook RE: phatchris Jan 1, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                          I think I bought the last bottle yesterday. They had Carpano Antica which was a pleasant surprise.

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                                                          djd RE: BobB Dec 29, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                          A friend in the industry says he's heard the company released a bunch lately, and that the word is they cut a few months off the aging time to meet demand. ?

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