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Suze in the USA?

i just fell in love with Suze, a bitter with a strong gentian flavor, and a campari-ish aftertaste in france this week. I've heard it is not available in the USA anymore. Any ideas where i can order some? Any idea why it is not sold here anymore?

help me obi-wan chowhondi you're my only hope.

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  1. more research, more heartbreak.

    ima gonna cry

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    1. re: thew

      It is not sold or distibuted in the US because the maker refuses to sell it in the States for whatever reason.

      If you must have it you might want to try ordering it online through an Austrailian spirits website. It looks to be available in Austrailia.

      1. re: Scott M

        Refuses to sell it in the U.S.?
        Likely there is some regulation that would prevent it being imported.

        1. re: Tripeler

          no. the distributors were not making enough money, so they stopped doing it. the choice as economic, not legislative

    2. Agreed! Suze AND Amer Picon. The pain, the pain.

      1. If you're close to the Canadian border, the duty free shops carry Suze there. This great aperitif can also be found in Montreal, QC.

        1. It was being sold in New Orleans. My friend brought back a bottle for our bar at the bed & breakfast (so I'm not sure which store he went to) in July.

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          1. re: yarm

            damnit - why did you not post this BEFORE i was in NOLA 2 weeks ago!!!!

            1. re: thew

              When the thread was first posted (but before this thread had been bumped up), I had no clue either. I was upset that the liquor store he got it at was too far away (I had no car) and I couldn't bring back a bottle. But then again, at Tales of the Cocktail that year, my suitcase was already rather full.

              Still no Ojen spotted this year in NOLA though.

              1. re: yarm

                Ojen is gone. Martin Wine Cellar in New Orleans had the final shipment and they sold the last bottle.

          2. Good news... maybe.

            Suze is at Astor Place Liquors in NYC, 27.99 but,

            I spoke to the sales manager. He said that he does not think it is the same as that from France. There are some suspicious things on the label. Dyes and references to it being distilled. The label is also vastly different from the French.

             
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            1. re: Themistocles

              Maybe this explains the different bottle?

              http://offthepresses.blogspot.jp/2011...

              It says for the US launch it is producing a product closer to the original recipe. The stuff we get here is a pictured in the link above, not in your picture. So maybe what you found is the new "old" formula? That would be interesting.

              1. We still cannot get Suze in Massachusetts. Instead we opted for Salers Gentiane Liqueur -- another French liqueur made with wild harvested yellow gentian that Haus Alpenz now distributes. I find the taste to be less flat, more dimensional, and better than Suze, plus it's cheaper as I got my bottle for $19.99 last week.

                http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/

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                1. re: yarm

                  We also now have Suze in our shop: Royal Wine Merchants. It does have the new label and yes, its the new "old" formula. It looks amazing next the Byrhh!

                  1. re: Boptor

                    Just googled and Royal Wine Merchants in in lower Manhattan.

                    I've only experimented a bit with Byrrh. So far it hasn't done much for me. Ideas?
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                    1. re: EvergreenDan

                      I was just speaking with Ivan from Bathtub Gin in NYC. He says he's had great success with cocktails using both in the old Savoy Cocktail books.

                      1. re: Boptor

                        Using Erik's Savoy Stomp, I found the Byrrh Cocktail -- equal parts byrrh, Canadian whiskey, and dry vermouth. The others I saw didn't appeal to me. That said, most Savoy cocktails do not appeal to me (too sweet, usually).

                        http://savoystomp.com/2008/06/05/byrr...