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Whiskey Business

A classic spirit witnesses a trendy resurgence. Millenials are discovering the wonderful world of whiskey.

The next time you’re in the mood for a single malt whiskey, you may want to consider an alternative to the usual steakhouse bar. How about a sushi bar instead? “We have a nice selection of rare Japanese whiskeys,” notes David Pone, bar manager at Nobu Caesars Palace. As it turns out, Scotland isn’t the only place where the esteemed brown spirit is made these days. If you’re new to the world of Japanese whiskey, the best way to navigate Nobu’s extensive list is through a flight or three of compelling whiskeys served in one-ounce pours.

Whiskey Flight – Nobu Caesars Palace

This particular flight shows how terroir and aging have a huge impact on flavor. The Hakushu 12-year, for example, comes from a distillery located in the foot of the high Janapese Alps. Thanks to unique water sources that run through granite at the distillery. Hakushu has a bit of earthiness, explains Ponte. Next, taste the Yamazaki 12-year from the oldest distillery in Japan. Lastly, tying this flight together is Hibiki Suntory 12-year, a blend of handcrafted specially aged whiskeys from both Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries. “They finish aging in plum casks, which gives it a nice round sweetness,” Ponte says.

Tennessee Highball #2 - Lobby Bar, Caesars Palace

Tennessee Highball #2 – Lobby Bar, Caesars Palace

Tennessee Highball #2 – Lobby Bar, Caesars Palace

This is what you drink when you’re in the mood to channel Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. It’s a mix of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select Tennessee Whiskey, fresh-squeed lemon juice, Fee Brothers orange bitters, Fever-Tree ginger beer and gomme syrup.

Tennessee Squirrel – Bound – The Cromwell

The opulent bar in The Cromwell turns sour on its head with the Tennessee Squirrel, a fruit-filled interpretation made with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and Disaronno mixed with fresh passion fruit and lemon juices.

The Drifter – Gordon Ramsay Steak – Paris Las Vegas

The combination of Knob Creek, ginger liqueur, falernum, lemon, and bitters make The Drifter a smooth and earthy yet floral concoction.

Pig Newton - 3535 - The LINQ Hotel and Casino

Pig Newton – 3535 – The LINQ Hotel and Casino

Pig Newton – 3535 – The LINQ Hotel and Casino

This lobby bar has flights of its own, but these happen to be handcrafted infusions of various spirits. One favorite is the Pig Newton, which combines sweet vermouth and orange bitters with Jim BeanĀ® bourbon infused with ancho and bacon, and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey steeped with figs.

PHOTOGRAPHED ON LOCATION AT NOBU CAESARS PALACE

About The Author

Originally from Chicago, where eating is a sport, Grace Bascos has honed her eating and drinking skills in Las Vegas since 2005. She keeps up with all the food that's fit to eat through her weekly Dishing with Grace column in Vegas Seven, as well as all things Sin City as a contributor to USA Today's Experience Las Vegas blog. When she's not dining in Las Vegas, she travels around the world in search of more good food and proper techno. You can follow her on twitter @gbascos.

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