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Jan 9, 2010 11:55 AM

Looking for Rittenhouse 100

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. 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. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: Vin Ordinaire

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

          1. re: Vin Ordinaire

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

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              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.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                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.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  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!

                  1. re: craigasaurus

                    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.

                    1. re: Allstonian

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

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            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.

                  2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    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...

                    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                      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.

                      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

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

                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

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


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

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                        1. re: phatchris

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