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Nov 20, 2011 11:52 AM

Xtabentún in Boston?

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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  1. 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.

    Marty's Big Buys
    103 N Beacon St, Allston, MA 01234

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      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!

      1. re: Boston_Otter

        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

        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.

        1. re: yarm

          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

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

      3. 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

          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!

          1. re: Boston_Otter

            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.

            1. re: rlee21

              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.