Newsletter 62: Intensive Tasting with the Dions (& Matt!)

We switched up the format this month and trained our palettes with an intensive tasting hosted by the OCBC board. Chris & Gabrielle Dion opened up their well stocked personal collection thanks to Young’s Market Company and The Mixing Glass! We tasted through white spirits and aged spirits- vodka to brandy and used a handy tasting grid to identify tasting descriptors. Everything from limestone to fruitcake to dill were found and it gave us all a great baseline to rock a blind tasting where the members identified each spirit category, right down to the grappa wild card!


Intensive Spirit Tasting

Here’s a copy of the tasting grid, a great reference to keep training yourself on blind tasting and identifying spirits: Bar Tasting Grid

We started the meeting out with a punch from 320 Main:

Sbagliato Punch
1 part Gancia Americano Apertivo
1 part Sweet Vermouth
1 part Sparkling Wine
Green Apple garnish


Sbagliato Punch


and had a second punch to gear up for the blind tasting:

Raspberry Beret
2 parts Crater Lake Whiskey
1 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.25 parts Housemade Raspberry Shrub
.5 parts Simple Syrup


For the month of June we will be participating in a Negroni Week launch party in lieu of our normal meeting! Monday, June 1st from 6-9pm at Mesa (725 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA), OCBC members are welcome to attend for a discounted door donation of $10. Of course, Inspire Artistic Minds is a great charity that supports our members so if you feel so inclined, you can still make the full donation of $20. The donation at the door will allow you to have up to 10 tastes of Negroni variations from participating bars! Some of your fellow OCBC members will be competing and you get to vote on your favorite drink so come down and support, it’s sure to be a great time. Full details and advance tickets are available here:

To get on the list for the discounted donation at the door, RSVP to by Sunday May 31st. Hope to see you there!

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