Spirit Guide: Don’t Hop The Scotch with Seven Grand San Diego’s Jay Stapleton

September 20th, 2013 — 12:35pm

One thing I notice whilst tending bar at Seven Grand San Diego is the reluctance of US patrons to try Scotch Whiskey. Whilst incredibly knowledgeable about all things American, when prompted to try a Scotch I generally get the same response “I don’t like the peaty, smoked flavor”. I can see their issue, when I first tried Scotch aged 11 on the advice of my Dad I thought it tasted like chewing on an old carpet (the whiskey was older than I was!)

However in the Scotch category there is something for everyone. In the Compass Box range alone I think you can find a whiskey agreeable to anyone’s palate. The nature of Scotch has changed from being a lonesome drink consumed only by older gents, to a very social and mixable spirit. So next time you swing by Seven Grand San Diego be sure to order a Scotch cocktail or let your bartender talk you through the wonders of it’s versatility.

Jay Stapleton
Bar Manager / Whiskey Guinea Pig
Seven Grand, San Diego

Mix This: The Spanish Fly by Raul Yrastorza of Las Perlas

September 17th, 2013 — 12:27pm

Spanish Fly
Super popular at Las Perlas, it’s simple, it’s awesome it’s…The Spanish Fly Cocktail.

- 1oz Fidencio Mezcal
- 1oz Fernet Branca
- Full Collins glass with Mexican Coke.

Be careful…panties will drop!

For a fun twist that’s just as awesome, substitute Fernet Branca with Branca Menta for the holidays!!! It’s that good!


Raul Yrastorza
Las Perlas

Music Monday: Tweak Bird Live at Caseye’s September 27th

September 16th, 2013 — 3:28pm

Imagine if the White Stripes, Black Sabbath and The Melvins made sweet love without a condom what the offspring would be? Tweak Bird! They will be live at Casey’s and it will melt your face off and you’ll love it. Free show! Toast and drink to well played rock n roll my friends.

Dig this..

Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Single Cask Nation w/ Jason Johnstone-Yellin Mon. 9/16 (Tonight!), 7pm

September 16th, 2013 — 11:30am

Single Cask Nation Vert
This coming Monday, September 16th (TONIGHT), at 7pm, we will be welcoming Jason Johnstone-Yellin from Single Cask Nation coming in to taste and educate us on six marks within their amazing line of independent bottlings.

I apologize for the late notice for this event, I was out of the country with Andrew, Angus and Jeff, exploring distilleries in Ireland and Scotland. (More to follow…) We got back last night. Catching up on e-mails today, I was able to confirm this event, at the last minute.

Attendance will be capped at 35 people, with preference given to paid-up members. First-timers can pay a $15 fee to get in, come early to get on the list.

RSVP on the link below to experience these rare casks of barrel strength whiskey:

Register Here!

RSVP’s do not guarantee a seat, come early and cozy up with your neighbors. Latecomers will not be seated, but can hang at the bar and meet Jason after the event.

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society in L.A., hit the link beneath my signature. Feel free to forward this email to friends.

Membership dues are $120 a year, payable at the bar, and allow the bearer to bring a guest to any event. about the event or how to register.

We hope to see you tonight.

Pedro, currently sipping Auchentoshan 3Wood.

Pedro Shanahan
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar L.A.
Co-Curator, Whiskey Society

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