Glenfiddich

23 Jun 19
thewannabescot

The Wannabes take a roadtrip to Edinburgh in the Aston DB9. Driving via Tomintoul, the Lecht, through Braemar, Glenshee to Blairgowrie. With a cake stop in Aboyne, dinner in Braemar and a disaster with the Volvo in Edinburgh. Where did the Volvo come into it? Read on and find out.

23 Jun 19
budgie's perch

Blog post titles are an odd thing. I mean, I ask ‘how are you?’ up there but, let’s be fair, there’s no way for you to respond before I continue, so it’s entirely self-serving and unnecessary. Welcome to my blog. As mentioned the other day, I’ve done a few of these countdowns and usually I […]

23 Jun 19
thewhereto

The Sydney Good Food and Wine Show returned from Friday 21 June – Sunday 23 June 2019, held at the ICC Darling Harbour. It is also held in Melbourne (May) and Brisbane and Perth (later this year). Live Demos At the Princess Cruises Theatre, you’ll find a huge stage and seats ready for you to […]

20 Jun 19
Ambrose Odhiambo

First before we get started, photo credits and hats off to this Walter guy from Uganda for the crazy amazing photography. Asanta sana. There’s this Luo ohangla artist Odongo Swag who sang how much he loves Nyar Agweng, village girl, because unlike city slay queens, she doesn’t drive him to loses, oongo asara. Sama obiro […]

18 Jun 19
Whittier Daily News
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-1831130-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1831130-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1831130-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1831130-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge  
18 Jun 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-1965184-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1965184-5 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1965184-5 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1965184-5 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge  
18 Jun 19
Orange County Register
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-6861219-6 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6861219-6 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-6861219-6 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-6861219-6 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge  
18 Jun 19
Daily News
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-3180584-7 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3180584-7 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-3180584-7 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3180584-7 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge  
18 Jun 19
Press Telegram
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-2212583-8 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2212583-8 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2212583-8 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2212583-8 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge  
18 Jun 19
Daily Breeze
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-1853149-9 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1853149-9 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1853149-9 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1853149-9 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge  
18 Jun 19
Pasadena Star News
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-2303819-10 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2303819-10 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2303819-10 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2303819-10 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge  
18 Jun 19
Press Enterprise
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-1538041-11 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1538041-11 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1538041-11 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1538041-11 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge  
18 Jun 19
Redlands Daily Facts
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-1828725-12 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1828725-12 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1828725-12 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1828725-12 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge  
18 Jun 19
Daily Bulletin
San Manuel’s new high limit room, The Vault Gaming & Provisions, has a luxurious look and feel for high rollers with its rich, dark woods, plush seating and assortment of decorative accents, but there’s one way guests can actually taste that luxury: Collection 86. The recently unveiled collection of high-end spirits, which draws its name from the year the casino was opened, is available for guests of the high limit room and the drinks are neither common nor cheap. Some of the bottles are worth as much as $100,000 and a 2-ounce taste of one of the spirits can run anywhere from nearly $200 to more than $5,000. “It’s a continually growing and expanding program because we are acquiring the rarest of the rare spirits and wines, so it’s always an evolving menu,” Peter Arceo, general manager for the casino, said. “So, chances are, you come back here in a month or two, we’ll probably have added a few more bottles and some bottles will be empty. And once they’re gone, the likelihood that you’re going to be able to taste them ever again is pretty low.” Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. The collection features an assortment of bourbons, whiskey, tequila, rum and fine wines. Arceo said San Manuel is targeting the most exclusive clientele with Collection 86. “Our hope is that if you’re in Los Angeles or Orange County and you’re a collector of these types of spirits, that we may have a bottle that you might not have in your personal collection that you’ve always wanted to taste, so you’ll come out to San Manuel, come to the Vault, and enjoy a nice glass of rare spirits or wine from our collection.” Arceo said San Manuel is currently in the process of creating some cocktails in the $10,000-$20,000 range utilizing some of the spirits in the collection. “We’re not just buying the rare stuff, we’re putting (together) a mixology program to take advantage of these awesome flavors that you can only get out of one barrel or one bottle,” he said. “We’re going to be creating custom cocktails to really take that flavor profile and make it into something really spectacular.” Of course, if a $200-plus taste of something seems a little steep, there are much less expensive options available off the collection. The Vault also has a selection of signature cocktails ranging in price from $11-$14, probiotic mocktail sodas for $5, beers — mostly big brand, domestic choices — for $7, and wines that generally run $10-$20 a glass. Mixologist Christopher Rosano shared a little bit about some of the Collection 86 items on display inside The Vault. #gallery-1922745-13 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1922745-13 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1922745-13 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1922745-13 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Mixologist Christopher Rosano swirls before sniffing a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon at The Vault Gaming and Provisions in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The ultra-exclusive VIP gaming salon showcases limited and rare spirits at The Vault Gaming & Provisions within San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Christopher Rosano, mixologist, sniffs a 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon for $230 an ounce at The Vault Gaming and Provisions on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. San Manuel Casino’s new high limit room offers high end spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The stakes are high for this 22-year-old, signed Willett bourbon. At $230 an ounce, it’s one of the many high end alcohols served. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault boasts 18,000 square feet of gaming with bets ranging from $25 to $500 for slot machines and $300 to $10,000 for table games. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Vault Gaming & Provisions’ ‘wow factor’ starts at the entrance. Media toured the new space in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Peter Arceo, general manager, tours media through The Vault Gaming & Provisions at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Tequila-based drinks are popular and bourbon is trending, according to mixologists at The Vault Gaming & Provisions. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The cocktail Smoke and Mirrors at The Vault Gaming & Provisions features Tequila Cazadores and has a cracked salt and pepper rim. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Private seating areas for lounging are available at The Vault at San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Speak easy and come thirsty. Craft cocktails, from left to right, include Fashion Forward, This and That, The Flow, Cachaca Sour and The Vaulted Man Tai. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Food and spirits are in the spotlight as media, bloggers and photographers capture the The Vault Gaming and Provisions’ menu. San Manuel Casino’s posh high limit gaming spot drew press on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Anabel Tiongco serves up cocktail shots at The Vault Gaming and Provisions at San Manuel Casino on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The San Manuel Casino high stakes gaming area offers premium spirits. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Willett Family Estate 22-year-old Kentucky bourbon 1-ounce taste: $230; 2-ounce taste: $460 This vintage of bourbon is one of 109 bottles made and is bottled at cask strength (135 proof). Rosano said that while other bourbons might be cut down to a lower alcohol content using water, this bourbon is bottled at full strength because it retains a lot of nuances. It has spice notes and oak notes that it absorbs from the barrels in which it is aged. Rosano said that because of Kentucky’s particularly humid climate, some of what’s in the barrels evaporates, leaving a more concentrated, more flavorful mixture. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Copper 25-year-old bourbon whiskey 1-ounce taste: $200; 2-ounce taste: $400 There’s only a handful of bottles of this vintage of bourbon in California. Of the alcohols on display, Rosano said this one provides the best bang for the buck because its value hasn’t gone up exponentially as it’s aged, as has been the case for other spirits. He said the spirit is “heavily wheated,” meaning that a lot of wheat is used in the mash that gets fermented, making the drink smoother. It also features sweeter notes such as vanilla. Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 1-ounce taste from 2017: $50; 1-ounce taste from 2018: $55; 2-ounce taste from either year: $110 The Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle label is also from Buffalo Trace, but it’s a little more readily available. Also heavily wheated, it boasts somewhat similar sweet and smooth characteristics to the Old Fashioned Copper. San Manuel has a vintage that turned 23 in 2017 and another that turned 23 in 2018 and guests will be able to taste differences between the two, according to Rosano. The Balvenie 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,800; 2-ounce taste: $5,600 Rosano said this is the best tasting of the whiskeys on display with an assortment of nuanced spice notes. It also has a price tag of $100,000 per bottle. Patron Extra Anejo En Lalique Serie 2 tequila  1-ounce taste: $450; 2-ounce taste, $900 There were only 450 bottles of this spirit made. Rosano described it as “classic tequila” finished in bourbon barrels. He said it had nice warming spices, orange notes and some bourbon flavors on the finish. Suntory the Yamazaki 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $95; 2-ounce taste: $190. The Yamazaki 25-year-old whiskey, which won best single malt whisky at World Whiskies Awards 2012, has a notably dark color. Rosano said that color comes from it being aged in casks that previously held sherry. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Glenfiddich 50-year-old single malt scotch whiskey  1-ounce taste: $2,400; 2-ounce taste: $4,800 There are only believed to be two of these bottles in California, according to Rosano. It’s valued around $100,000 a bottle. It has light hint of smoke and a lot of warming spices. Rosano said that because it’s been aged so long, the whiskey takes on a lot of characteristics from the oak containers it was aged in. “It gives you a real nice buttery texture on the palate,” he said. Glenfiddich 40-year-old single malt scotch whiskey 1-ounce taste: $295; 2-ounce taste: $590. Rosano said only 15 or so bottles of this spirit have come to California and it’s valued around $30,000 a bottle. Again, it will have many warming and baking spice notes and hints of vanilla and orange. The addition of The Vault and the creation of Collection 86 are just one part of a multi-phase, multi-year expansion plan that San Manuel Casino announced last year. Other recent changes include a smoke-free gaming area, the renovation of the Tukut Lounge earlier this year and the addition of a giant blackjack table in the Rockin’ Casino area in August 2018. READ MORE about San Manuel Casino Gaming: The Vault Gaming & Provisions | Smoke-free slots area | Blazing 7’s Blackjack arenaGrowth: $550 Million ExpansionPersonnel changes: Loren Gill | Peter Arceo | Kenji Hall Dining and drinks: Rock & Brews musical brunch | JBQ | Chingon Kitchen | Tukut Lounge