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Xtabentún in Boston?

Boston_Otter Nov 20, 2011 11:52 AM

I just came back from a trip to Mexico where I was introduced to a liquor called Xtabentún -- it's a sort of Mayan anise-honey concoction. There's many brands of the stuff, but I wondered if anyone had seen it around the Boston area.

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    marais Dec 22, 2011 03:42 PM

    BTW I did find Xtabentún recently at the bar at Back Bay Social Club - it made a nice digestif, as it always has, with a double expresso after a weekend therapy brunch.

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    1. re: marais
      Boston_Otter Dec 22, 2011 04:23 PM

      I haven't been able to find it anywhere in town, and I've checked every major liquor store. They look at me like I've got lobsters in my ears. I'll check at the Back Bay and see if I can find out where they get ahold of it. Thanks!

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        rlee21 Dec 26, 2011 12:00 AM

        Weirdly and not totally helpful, but I just found it at a random liquor store in Knoxville, TN. It was quite possibly the last thing I expected to see, but there was actually two different bottles of xtabentun.

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          marais Dec 27, 2011 04:48 PM

          Actually I'd expect that in TN, since there is a sizeable Mexican community in most TN cities these days, with some of the most chowish eating places in those cities these days too. But I digress...back to Boston!
          Check out Elite Liquors on Mass Ave between Berklee and Church Park (the old Choice Mart), xtabentún sighting there recently.

    2. MC Slim JB Nov 20, 2011 12:32 PM

      I could have been dreaming, but I'm pretty sure I saw Xtabentún for the first time at retail in the Greater Boston area pretty recently, in the past few months. It was the same brand I have at home, D'Aristi, a bottle of which I brought back from the Yucatán. Not sure which store I saw it in, but my usual circuit for spirits includes Martignetti's in Brighton, Downtown Wine & Spirits in Davis Square, Blanchard's in JP, Liquor Land in Roxbury, Gordon's in Waltham, and Atlas in Medford. It's also possible I saw it in Marty's Big Buys in Allston, which I don't frequent but recall having some unusual stuff.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      103 N Beacon St, Allston, MA 01234

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      1. re: MC Slim JB
        Boston_Otter Nov 20, 2011 12:38 PM

        That's exactly the same brand I'm looking for, MC Slim -- I bought it near Playa del Carmen. I'll call around and see what I can find. Thanks!

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          marais Nov 20, 2011 05:27 PM

          Yes, please do give a shout if you find it. I also try it regularly on the Riviera Maya and I like it a lot. Xtabentún would be an interesting addition to any anise-friendly cocktail (maybe like a Sazerac variant) and is an outstanding sipper on its own.

        2. re: MC Slim JB
          yarm Nov 20, 2011 05:55 PM

          Anchor Brewing/Preiss Imports handles this which makes it rather easy to find in Boston.

          The only bar in Boston serving it on a menu is Trina's Starlite Lounge in the El Camino.

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            cambridgedoctpr Nov 21, 2011 02:13 PM

            i suggest just checking with your local liquor store and ask for them to order it for you. Most places will be happy to do that. If it is available, any store can order it - unless it is a highly allocated item.

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr
              Boston_Otter Dec 22, 2011 04:25 PM

              I've put in orders at several stores. None of them have been able to find it, sadly.

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