The Whisky Shop (360 Sutter Street near Grant) just got themselves a new license to do public tastings, and so now would be the time to get an education in Scotch, for the uninitiated. Scottish historian and Scotch expert Mark Stewart Cassidy has been doing private events in conjunction with the Whisky Shop for the last decade, teaching people the difference between fruity Speyside Scotches and peaty Islay ones, but now the public can attend events at the shop as well. The next one is May 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and you can reserve a spot by email or at 415-857-5533. The tasting will feature a flight of six Scotches representing each of the six regions where Scotch is made, and so you’ll probably want to eat something first.
Know your Laphroaig from your Chieftan’s Braeval. Photo: Courtesy of the Whisky Shop