Kang is one of the most knowledgeable bartenders in Las Vegas, according to Mike Olsen, director of operations for Emeril Lagasse's Las Vegas properties. "We have a very educated individual who can accommodate a guest, and who's into whiskey -- who studies it, drinks it, loves it, and is passionate about it."
Part of Delmonico's strategy is to bring in spirits from around the world. The listing for Scotch alone features 10 subcategories, and there are also whiskies from countries like India, Tasmania, and Taiwan. "If it's out there -- anywhere in the world -- we're going to try and go after it," says Olsen.
Delmonico Steakhouse opened on the Strip inside the Venetian resort and casino 17 years ago -- but you don't grow an amazing arsenal of spirits overnight. Max Solano, a veteran of Lagasse's culinary empire, joined Delmonico Steakhouse in 2009, and was a major part in shaping the spirits list. "My plan was realistically a five-year plan," he says. "When I took over the program itself, there were 35 or 40 whiskeys. So I wanted to see what specific categories of whiskey would do well. It turned out we were getting demand for all sorts."