Scotch and Bourbon and Rye—Oh, My!

Hudon's Baby Bourbon

Hudon’s Baby Bourbon

The holidays are the perfect time to stock up on prestige brown spirits.

Glenfiddich 1978

Each year, Glenfiddich releases three single barrel Scotches. The U.S. brand team selected barrel No. 28122 from 1978. “It holds up amazingly well in cask,” national brand ambassador Mitch Bechard says, meaning it’s still putting forth the distillery’s characteristic fresh fruit, even after all these years. Senior brand manager Michael Giardina gets “big vanilla” on the nose. And Bechard finds orange zest and figs.

The barrel yielded 150 bottles, 110-115 of which will be released. Five bottles have already arrived at Total Wine & More in Las Vegas, and retail for $4,000 each. If that’s a touch too steep, the only place in town where you can get a drop of this juice without going all in on a bottle is Atomic Liquors (, where the 1978 will be served in 1½-ounce pours for $250 each—a low, low markup! The bottle arrives this week.


In celebration of its 10-year anniversary in the Forum Shops at Caesars, Casa Fuente ( added more than 50 whiskeys to its offerings this fall, including its third single barrel of Jack Daniel’s. The cigar bar also made history in October, becoming the first drinking establishment in North America to have its own barrel of Asian whisky.

Hailing from Taiwan’s Kavalan (named Distillery of the Year at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition), this whiskey matured in a Spanish ex-Oloroso sherry cask for five years and seven months. The result is a robust 56.3 percent ABV. Casa Fuente has 489 individually numbered bottles available for $165 each.


Our Baby is all grown up! That’s right: Hudson Baby Bourbon and Manhattan Rye from Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, New York, are both now available in 750-milliliter bottles at Total Wine & More for $53. (For comparison, the 375ml sells for $42; yeah, I can’t figure it out either.)

In addition, five cases of Hudson’s new Maple Cask Rye finish have made their way west. You can find it at Bellagio, the Venetian and Oak & Ivy in Downtown Container Park or at Lee’s Discount Liquor on Sunset Road for $50.