The restaurant has evolved over the years and modified its approach, sometimes in small ways. For example, flights are no longer offered. Instead, guests can order a full shot or a half-shot (for half-price) as a way to experience a greater variety of spirits.
While Delmonico is known best for its vast array of whiskey -- including bourbon, rye, and Scotch -- it would be criminal to overlook its wine collection, which adds up to about 2,400 different options. Total it all together and "that's about as big an inventory that I've ever seen," Olsen says.
As you can imagine, the training is intense, and big on small details. The captains are required to be familiar with everything that can be poured into a glass, and the restaurant has seen a low turnover of employees over the years. "If you're going to move up to the captain or the bartender level, you've spent years and years here working your way up to that position, learning and being exposed to all this product," adds Olsen.
There are so many options to choose from, it's almost criminal not to be adventurous when going over the long list, and Olsen recommends seeking out whiskeys crafted by smaller distilleries. "The craft, the care, and the hands-on treatment of making it can be lost sometimes when you have too big of a production going," she says. "When you've got smaller craft houses that really are involved in taste and are part of the whole process, I think the outcome can be legitimately better."
It's hard to disagree.
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