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drewames03 Apr 23, 2014 05:03 PM

Can anyone suggest a good retail store with an interesting selection within Boston/Cambridge/Somerville?

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    nickls RE: drewames03 Apr 23, 2014 06:37 PM

    Places I personally visit:
    -Martignetti's on Soldiers Field Rd out by Watertown
    -Cambridge Wine & Spirits at the Fresh Pond rotary
    -Liquor World at Porter Square

    Out of those three, Martignetti's is usually my first choice due to lower prices, but sometimes Liquor World has random stuff that you can't find at the other two.

    They all have pretty decent amari selections. I think I've heard that Cirace in the North End has a very good selection of Italian stuff as well, which might make it the place to go for you.

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      ac106 RE: nickls Apr 23, 2014 06:45 PM

      Ball Square liquors is small but has a great selection of bitter spirits

      Marty's big buys in Allston. Surprising selection in general with some interesting finds

      I haven't been in a while but I bet Downtown liquors in Davis is still good

      Little disappointed with Cambridge Wine.

      Sav-mor fresh pond is awful. Twin city is better but just the usual suspects

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        dfan RE: ac106 Apr 24, 2014 01:53 PM

        Downtown's beer selection is outstanding, and their wine selection is decent, but their liquor selection is pretty sparse. Certainly not a destination compared to Liquor World or Cambridge Wine & Spirits.

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          ac106 RE: dfan Apr 24, 2014 01:56 PM

          Oh well. Maybe things have changed. They used to have the best bourbon/ scotch selection in the area

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            antimony RE: ac106 Apr 25, 2014 06:41 AM

            Downtown had a heyday of being really good, and then for some reason their liquor selection evaporated.

      2. re: nickls
        Bob Dobalina RE: nickls Apr 24, 2014 03:09 AM

        Cirace definitely has a lot of amare.

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          drewames03 RE: Bob Dobalina Apr 24, 2014 10:19 AM

          Was in the N. End today and picked up a bottle of Amaro Sibilla. Thanks for the recs!

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            valcfield RE: drewames03 Apr 24, 2014 10:23 AM

            nice! one of my favs. did you see if they also have the amaro d'ell erborista from the same producer (Varnelli)? i've usually bought those two in ny but would love to know it's around locally.. (also, price? if you don't mind sharing)

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              drewames03 RE: valcfield Apr 24, 2014 10:50 AM

              They did have the erborista. I believe it was in the $60s. The Sibilla was $51

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                valcfield RE: drewames03 Apr 24, 2014 11:02 AM

                thanks! sad it's no cheaper than nyc, but hey, a lot closer!

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          Boston_Otter RE: nickls Apr 24, 2014 05:33 AM

          The owner of Liquor World has a passion for amaro and bitters -- he's told me that he gets stuff in from Germany that's unavailable anywhere else.

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            Bob Dobalina RE: Boston_Otter Apr 24, 2014 02:30 PM

            What is the German word for amaro?

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              yarm RE: Bob Dobalina Apr 24, 2014 05:00 PM



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                CportJ RE: Bob Dobalina Apr 24, 2014 05:24 PM

                No joke, krauterlikor.

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                  CportJ RE: CportJ Apr 24, 2014 06:54 PM

                  Sorry, too many browser windows open.

                  The real question is how do they compare to amari? Is nux alpina an example?

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                    yarm RE: CportJ Apr 26, 2014 08:39 AM

                    They all can be very similar whether they are French Amer, Italian Amaro, German Krauterlikor, Hungarian Bitters, etc. The differences lie in what nearby herbs that they use -- for example, Alpine liqueurs have more mint and menthol notes (i.e.: S. Maria al Monte, Fernet Branca). Most of these are caramel-black and balanced with sugar. There are others that fall out of that pack like Campari and Aperol.

                    At a bitter liqueur tasting at Portland Cocktail Week in 2012 called "Blinded by the Dark," we tasted Jagermeister in parallel with other bitter liqueurs and in that format, it held its ground as a classy digestif.


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                      Bob Dobalina RE: yarm Apr 27, 2014 01:39 AM

                      Omg... Jäger is an amaro! That just kind of blew my reptilian frat boy mind right there...

                      Can you imagine ... Doing shots of Averna or Aperol bombs?

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