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How t find obscure liquor/spirits in the D.C. metro area (specifically Latvian Black Balsam)

Russel Shank Feb 20, 2010 05:11 AM

I posted a similar general question on the CH Spirits board about imported spirits, but I'm curious what everyone's experience has been in procuring obscure imported liquor/liqueurs/spirits in the D.C. area.

I'm currently a NoVa resident, but will soon be living in D.C., and my girlfriend is in Maryland.

Specifically, I'm looking for Riga Black Birch (Balsam/Balzams), the unofficial thick herbal liquor of Latvia. It's not in the VA ABC's February specialty orders catalog. Are Maryland stores capable of ordering odd items like this? Is the price going to be monstrous?

  1. woodleyparkhound Feb 20, 2010 08:01 AM

    I can't help you with the answer to your question, but similarly, I'm on the hunt for bacon vodka, in a place that is accessible by Metro.


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      MSommelier Feb 20, 2010 09:17 AM

      Ask Joe at Ace Beverage if he can find it.

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      1. re: MSommelier
        DanielK Feb 22, 2010 02:57 PM

        Seconded. If Joe can't get it, nobody can...

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        pleiades Feb 22, 2010 02:31 PM

        Is it imported to the US? MD stores can't direct-import, so if it doesn't already have a regional importer and distributor, the stores will be out of luck

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          ChewFun Feb 23, 2010 09:36 AM

          20 years ago, a co-worker gave me some home made birch liquor. It was terrible, like drinking dirty turpentine. I kept it around to dare friends to drink it.

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