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Aug 5, 2011 12:33 PM

Old Monk Rum and Rittenhouse 100 Sitings And an unusual Indian Rum

Martignetti's on Soldier's field road had both Old Monk Rum and Rittenhouse 100 Rye today. Both at $19.99.

They also had a new Rye, apparently their first batch, made in Gloucester from these guys:

I'm a little hesitant to spend $35 on some of these new micros as I have been disappointed with several of the new craft distilled products. I'll wait til I can try a sip in a bar before committing.

They also had this rum which I had never heard of: Old Port Amrut Rum from India. Which is reviewed here. Might have to pick up a bottle next time based on that review:

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  1. Rittenhouse 100 has gone from drought to plenty in the last few months: I'm seeing it everywhere at retail. Instead, I can't find the Sazerac 6-year-old that is one of my other favorite ryes.

    I haven't seen any of the Ryan & Wood products yet. Another local-ish maker, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, has mostly disappointed me.

    I have sampled a couple of bottlings from Bully Boy, our own Roxbury-based distiller, including their white dog, an unaged whiskey, and their barrel-aged wheat whiskey, that I thought were really nice. Liquor Land, right around the corner from their facility, carries their stuff.

    Old Monk is another story: I understand it is ending its US distribution, so what appears on shelves in the next few months may be the last you see of it for a long while.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Yah I thought the Berkshire Rum tasted like, well nothing. Not in a real hurry to try their other products.

      Gotta try some of that Bully Boy stuff. I like unaged whiskey...

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        On a similar note - has anybody seen Russell's Reserve Rye around? I've found the bourbon, but I really enjoyed the Rye the last time I found it...

        1. re: sdwr98

          Martignetti's on Soldier Field Road is the last place I found Russell's Reserve Rye. I'd call first, though: their whiskey selection seems pretty inconstant, perhaps due to the small production runs of most American straight ryes.

          1. re: sdwr98

            Blanchard's in JP also has the Russell's Reserve Rye (as well as the High-Rye Bourbon) for $35.

            Curiously, the very-stupidly-named (rī)1, Jim Beam's attempt to Grey Goose the rye market, is down to $40, from a debut a couple of years ago at around $65. I guess enough people have figured out that the slick packaging hides a thin, middling product.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Thanks for the info! If Martingnetti's doesn't have it, I'll head there next.

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            I've been hearing about the Sazerac shortage for sometime now with the distributor allocating it to places that carry a lot of other brands that come out of the Buffalo Trace Distilery (namely Rain vodka). Some places tell me that they can't get it for months whiles others have no problem ordering it as needed.

            I have yet to be impressed by any of the local distilers and I see it as an insult to be charging a premium price for a new spirit. Tripple Eight selling an 8 year old 'Scottish Whiskey' for $888 is just insane.....almost as insane as the guys from Bully Boy sanitizing all their equipment with bleach!

            1. re: Unfoodie

              What is the proper way to sanitize distillery equipment?


              1. re: Unfoodie

                Boy that's odd. Be hard to get the bleach taste out too.

                1. re: Unfoodie

                  When you can get something like Barrilito 3 Star or El Dorado 15 year, the price on that insipid Berkshire rum (appox $30) is just a laugh.

                  We'll see which of the new distilleries can deliver a product that actually sells to repeat customers and is still available 5 years from now.

                  Quick post on the Barrilito and the El Dorado here:


              2. Liquor World also tweeted a couple days ago about the return of Old Monk. $24 though:!/LiquorWorld/st...

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                1. re: emannths

                  Good thing I bothered to look down the replies as this was exactly what I was going to say :)

                  1. re: emannths

                    Not quite the deal it was at $16 when it got popular. We'll just make our bottle last and consider our options then. Although I've seen it for $20.


                  2. Old Port is used as a substitute for Old Monk by Craigie. Seems to work fine.

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                    1. re: barleywino

                      Indeed, I had my first taste of Old Port today at Back Bay Social Club. Lighter in body than Old Monk, light & pleasing hogo and interesting spice on the swallow. Outstanding rum from Bangalore, worth looking for.

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                      1. I really like the Ryan & Wood Rye. After being impressed with their Knockabout Gin, I decided to take a chance on their rye. What I wrote about it was, "it had a pine-spice and caramel nose. The sip started a little thinly flavored but with a fuller mouthfeel; most of the flavor was in the mid and back palate especially with caramel and spice on the swallow... this is a not a rye that would easily be lost in a cocktail. If I were to compare it to a better known whiskey, I would liken it to a more flavorful Sazerac 6 Year Rye."
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