Rittenhouse Rye at Martignetti's $22.99
Lots in stock at the soldiers field road store.
Yeah, places have been jacking the price of Rittenhouse (I'm talking about you, Cambridge Wine & Liquors at Fresh Pond). But rye's surge of popularity seems to be raising prices in general. Old Overholt, the bargain priced standard, is now about $15 a bottle, when not more than a year ago you could grab it for $11 or $12.
As an aside, I was in Cincinnati last month and went into a liquor store where they were selling Bulleit rye and bourbon for $23, stuff that goes for $32-34 most of the time around here, though you can find it on sale occasionally for $28. Is it simply a matter of geography, Ohio being closer to Kentucky? Or are Bay State consumers being ripped off?
BTW, I wrote the above shortly after imbibing an Old Fashioned made with 1776 rye, which I also bought in Ohio, but which I saw on sale at Martignetti's the other day (not sure of the price. Maybe $25?). It's a 100 proof rye, definitely worth a try if you like Rittenhouse.