California Gold Rum


Greg Stark has enjoyed crafting a unique west coast style Gold Rum. The measured sweetness of Stark Spirits California Gold Rum announces itself on your palate, not the tip of your tongue. Stark Spirits Gold Rum doesn’t need a mixer, and, just the way whiskey does, it holds its own, neat or straight. Greg decided it was time for a rum with a more individual attitude.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Incredibly rich vanilla, caramel, butterscotch with a hint of funky Agricole on the back.  Very inviting.
Mouth: Feels a bit thin but within a normal rum range.  Cracked black pepper, a lot of sugar/brown sugar.  Surprisingly sweet considering no sugar is added.  Mahogany.  A hint of youth but the burn is minimal.
With Water:  Cotton candy fluffiness to the nose.  A bit hotter but somehow more sippable.  Candy floss, gum tree chewiness on the back.  Bittersweet chocolate morsels with hints of tropical fruit.  Great for dessert.


Bronze Medal: Aged Rum – Molasses  ADI 2016 Craft Spirit Competition

Drink Recipes Featuring California Gold Rum:


Batch Information:

Batch: BBL-30-04 Bottled 12-12-2015

Sunshine Orange Brandy

SUNSHINE Orange Brandy

Sunshine Orange Brandy is something totally unique, an Eau de Vie de Orange. Not a sweet sugary liqueur, but a wonderfully delicious spirit of the orange. Sunshine Orange Brandy is made completely from oranges and their juice and nothing else. It is made from locally grown Valencia oranges, from farms in Simi Valley and Ventura County. A brandy is a spirit made from fruit—and that’s what Sunshine has in common with brandy as you know it, it’s made from the wine of fruit. Sunshine has the intensity of flavor, the smoothness, and heat of spirits made from grains–totally unique, completely surprising. The sweetness of oranges and the bitterness of orange peel with notes of spicy clove and floral lavender make for complexity and depth. Sunshine gives you a true spirit of Southern California, bright, fresh and zesty, a pure 100 proof orange spirit beverage that lives up to its name. Stark Spirits’ Sunshine is handcrafted to light up your days and warm up your nights. Stark Spirits  is a true craft spirits brand and this product is full of character.

Mixology Notes:

Sunshine is made without sugar. This allows you to control the sweetness of your cocktail. It adds intense orange aromatic to the nose of the drink. Its expression of orange rind bitterness enhances bitters, but use less of them.



Tasting Notes:

Nose: Clean, bright – Orange Peel, roasted orange, slight hint of lavender, and winter spices (clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon).
Palate: Comes on hot— a flash of heat that dissolves into orange flavor, good mouth texture. Again a light taste of winter spice, a stronger presence of orange fruit, then mellowing into just a bite of rind bitterness, softened by some sweetness of orange at the end, the taste of real orange.
Finish: Long and citrusy, clean and acid. The heat of spicy orange leaves a lingering memory of real orange.
Balance: Good balance, some acidity.


Silver Medal: Unaged Fruit Brandy ADI 2016 Craft Spirit Competition

Drink Recipes Featuring Sunshine Orange Brandy:

Sun Rise

Batch Information:

Batch 1: Released December 17, 2015

California Silver 151 Rum


Stark Spirits California Silver 151 Rum is setting the standard for California style overproof rum. Reminiscent of pacific island adventures, wild Tiki nights, conga drums, Polynesian fire dancers, fresh sea air, sailing, surfing, and California beaches, this Rum is smooth and delicious. Even at such high proof, this double distilled rum maintains a terrific natural aroma and clean rum flavor. Crafted from molasses and pure cane sugar, it’s a rum you’d only find made by American craft distiller on the Pacific coast.

Our California Silver 151 Rum can be enjoyed over ice or in your favorite super rum-powered cocktail. With a fire that is real, use it in a fondue, party punch, or  to present a dramatic flaming dessert.


Best of Category: Overproof Rum ADI 2016 Craft Spirits Competition 2016
Silver Medal: Overproof Rum ADI Craft Spirits Competition 2016

Drink Recipes Featuring California Silver 151 RUM:


Batch Information:

Our 151 Rum is handcrafted in small quantities and available in limited releases.

Batch 1 Released  Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Batch 2 Released  Wednesday, June 24, 2015