April 14, 2011
Cocktail benefit for Japan coming to Ella

Plenty of local restaurants have stepped up since Japan's recent mega-earthquake, and here's an ucoming one that offers one of Japan's premium spirits. On April 28, Ella Dining Room & Bar will host a cocktail tasting with proceeds to benefit Second Harvest Japan's disater relief efforts. The featured spirit is Yamazaki, the oldest whisky distiller in Japan and known for its impecabbly smooth and balanced whiskys. I recently tasted Yamazaki 12 and 18 year aged whisky and was struck by their complexity and depth of flavors. Not much else is needed to enjoy Yamazaki except maybe a small amount of ice, but in the proper hands a good mixologist can craft some interesting cocktails from these premium whiskys. For this benefit, Ella bar manager Rene Dominguez will create Yamazaki based cocktails, and a 300 pound block of ice will be broken down for use in the tasting as well. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and costs $45 (includes 6 tickets for sampling the whiskys and cocktails. Reservations are required. For more information: (916) 443.3772;

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