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IN-STORE TASTINGS

We’re all for education, so here at Cask we like to throw weekly public tastings to introduce our customers to new products. We host representatives of different brands to come to our stores to pour tastes and talk about the production and origin of their wares. During these little events, we’ve tasted everything from Islay Scotch and Japanese Whisky to California gin and Kentucky Bourbon. This is a chance to get to know a product you already love better or to learn something new. The best part is that it’s free! We update this page regularly with the tastings for the week so stay tuned!

Tasting Schedule

3rd Street

Date Time Product Description
Tuesday 12/11 4-7 pm Greenbar Spirits This SoCal distiller dabbles in everything from deeply colored orange gin to agave distilled south of the border. They also have a penchant for the offbeat, such as their bright and tangy Hibiscus liqueur, and their Grand Poppy California inspired amaro. Both are a great addition to cocktails. Try subbing in the Hibiscus in your next El Diablo instead of using Cassis. About to add a barspoon of Benedictine to your beverage? Use the Grand Poppy in its place!
Wed 12/12 4-6 pm Spirits of Italy: Alpe Genepy, Bresca Dorada Mirto, Il Mallo Nocino Wednesday It’s the perfect time of year for Italian spirits, and Oliver McCrum imports a wonderful selection.
This Alpine spirit is made with the same family of herbs that are used in absinthe, as well as other botanicals such as cinnamon, lemon balm and mint. Perfect for sipping after a day on the slopes, or while thinking about skiing, or while in one’s pajamas having never seen snow in real life.
Made from the myrtle berry (and sometimes the leaves), there are very few commercially produced Mirtos in existence. Typically this traditional spirit is made in Sardinian households from family recipes, or in restaurants as a house specialty. The producers of Bresca Dorada got their start as honey producers, so it was natural for them to add the local honey has a sweetener to their Mirto, giving it another layer of depth.
This warming winter nocino from Il Mallo uses about 20% less sugar than the maximum permitted by the rules for Nocino di Modena. After another 9 months of aging the mixture is bottled and ready for your favorite cocktails, or sipping on its own.
Thurs 12/13 4-6 pm Aberlour Whiskey If you like Sherry influenced single malts from the Speyside region, and let’s be real, who doesn’t? Then you should get acquainted with the 12 and 16 year age statements from Aberlour. With their notes of spiced cake and toffee, they strike the perfect balance with their mix of bourbon and Sherry cask maturation. We’ll also be pouring their A’bunadh which is aged exclusively in Oloroso sherry casks. And as a special holiday treat, the distillery will be stamping custom leather neck sleeves, free with a bottle purchase!
Fri 12/14 4-6 pm Mezcal! Legendario Domingo Espadin, El Mero Mero Tepeztate, & Metiche Salmiana A flight of three amazing, traditional mezcales from one importer, experience a variety of agave types and regional productions. Our feature will be the Mezcal Legendario Domingo, crafted in the village of San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca, Mexico. Master Mezcalero Gregorio Velasco uses espadin agave, which is harvested at maturity around 8 to 9 years old. Traditionally made, the piñas are roasted in underground ovens for days before being pressed by a traditional tahona, which is composed of a large round stone pulled by a horse. The juice is then fermented in wooden oak vats (called tinas) before being double-distilled through copper stills. Perfect for cocktails and sipping! We’ll also being pouring Mero Mero Tepeztate (a former Agave Club release), & the Metiche Salmiana from San Luis Potosi.

Rincon Center

Date Time Product Description
Tues 12/11 4-6 pm Sagamore Rye Rye, rye, everywhere -- but not much of it is Maryland style these days. Once quite popular, this particular style never bounced back after Prohibition. A blend of two mashbills, one very high rye at 95%, the other 52% rye and 42% corn, the end result is a very approachable whiskey. This straight rye is currently from contracted stock, but they’re building out a full facility in Maryland, and should have their own juice soon! We’ll have both sizes available for sale, 750ml and 375ml.
Wed 12/12 4-6 pm Monkey 47 Gin (+Gift Wrapping) -- AND -- Aberlour Whiskey (+Personalized Neck Tags) When it comes to botanicals, these gin makers don’t… monkey around. Dad jokes, check. Juniper, check. 46 other botanicals, check! That’s right, botanicals for daaaaays. We’re talking nine different kinds of peppercorns. Then we have the ones that are quite unusual in the world of gin -- cilantro, spruce shoots, and... lingonberry, yea it’s not just for Ikea anymore! This is definitely a sipping gin, just pour over ice or store in your freezer and serve with a twist of lemon. Also free professional gift wrapping for each bottle of the Monkey 47 you purchase!
But wait, there’s more...
If you like Sherry influenced single malts from the Speyside region, and let’s be real, who doesn’t? Then you should get acquainted with the 12 and 16 year age statements from Aberlour. With their notes of spiced cake and toffee, they strike the perfect balance with their mix of bourbon and Sherry cask maturation. We’ll also be pouring their A’bunadh which is aged exclusively in Oloroso sherry casks. And as a special holiday treat, the distillery will be stamping custom leather neck sleeves, free with a bottle purchase!
Thur 12/13 4-6 pm Kikori Japanese Whiskey Get ready for Batch 4 of Kikori whiskey! This 100% rice whiskey just got a little older with it’s latest release, but is still the same juice you know and love. This bourbon and Oloroso sherry cask aged Japanese whiskey is great for sipping or highballs. We’ll also be featuring their tangy yuzu liqueur, Yuzuri, great for cocktails!
Fri 12/14 4-6 pm Barr Hill If you haven’t heard the buzz about Caledonia Spirits yet, you’ll get the chance to learn about this unique Vermont distillery on Friday. Having a deep connection to the land also requires a close with relationship with the locals, in this case, the local honeybees. Located on the banks of the Lamoille River, they craft both their Barr Hill vodka and gin using raw honey, creating lovely depth and texture. We’ll be pouring their Barr Hill vodka, gin, and Tom Cat gin, aged in oak barrels. We hope you’ll beeeee there.

Berkeley

Date Time Product Description
Thurs 12/13 4:30 - 6:30 pm Rutte Celery Gin, Rutte Vodka, & Italicus Bergamot liqueur Building up your home bar? Swing by for some essential bottles, including a solid mixing vodka and a delicious savory gin from the Dutch distillery Rutte. We’ll also be debuting a newly revived spirit, Italicus. Classified as a Rosolio, an Italian liqueur made with rose petals dating back to the 15th century, Italicus is an aperitivo with big citrus notes. The aperitivo is based on a recipe that dates back to the 1800's, with some modern updates of course. Good gift for the cocktail nerd who seems to have everything in their home bar.
Fri 12/14 4 - 7 pm Home Base Bourbon Born and raised in Oakland, twin sisters Alexandra and Samantha have taken their love of whiskey and craft cocktails to the next level. Home Base spirits is currently making interesting whiskey using CA sourced grains, in very small batches. They pride themselves on complete transparency in every step of the process, so you know exactly what you’re getting in the bottles. Because each batch is tiny, and sometimes even just released as a single barrel, expect variation in batch numbers. We’ll be pouring batch #9 this week.
Sat 12/15 1-4 pm Park Cognac Pineau des Charentes. It’s just fun to say. Really rolls right off the tongue. Pineau (pronounced like but not to be confused with Pinot) is a French aperitif that’s versatile and food friendly. This fortified wine is made from unfermented grape juice using Montils, Colombard and Ugni Blanc grapes, and blended with cognac. We’ll also be pouring the Park VSOP and Carte Blanche cognacs.