There are all kinds of dads with all kinds of tastes, and William Grant & Sons has perfected the art of satisfying the spirit drinkers among them. Below, the independent, family-owned Scottish distillery serves up a round of gift ideas for Father's Day, coming up this Sunday, June 21.
For The Dad Who Loves Tradition: The Balvenie Double Wood 12 Year Old
For the father that thrives off traditions, The Balvenie DoubleWood is an ideal gift. Start a new tradition with your father is year with this 12-year-old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two wood types. Over the period of maturation, it is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt: the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavor. The taste is a smooth mellow single malt of beautifully combined flavors – nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry all encompassed in a long and warming finish. SRP $59.99
For the Dad Who Keeps all His Trophies: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
The Dad who has more trophies in his office than ties, fittingly deserves the world’s most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old. This single malt Scotch has been carefully matured in the finest American bourbon and Spanish sherry oak casks for at least 12 years, which is then mellowed in oak and marrying tuns for a complete harmony in aroma and flavor. The result is alluring notes of fresh pear and subtle oak flavors with a long, smooth finish. Glenfiddich 12 Year Old is the perfect example of Glenfiddich’s unique Speyside style and is widely proclaimed as the best dram in the valley – perfect for the Dad that always comes in at #1! SRP: $40.00
For the Dad Who Loves a Good Boilermaker: Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
For the Dad who loves a cold brew with his D.E.W., Tullamore D.E.W. is the original blend from this Irish Whiskey brand known around the world for its smooth and gentle flavor. This mild blended whiskey has spicy, lemony and malty notes with charred wood undertones giving a soft, buttery, rounded flavor that lingers in the mouth. SRP $26
The Explorer: The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old
For the dad that loves to travel, The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old is the ultimate gift. The whisky is created by maturing The Balvenie first in second-fill traditional oak whisky casks before transferring the whisky to casks previously used to mature Caribbean rum. Whether at home or on the road, every time your father figure takes a sip, he’ll be transported by taste to the Caribbean. The taste is rounded with vanilla and sweet oak notes, with a fruity character that develops with time, all encompassed in a soft and lingering finish. SRP $74.99
Cowboy Loving Dad: Fistful of Bourbon
There’s always a dad in the bunch that idolizes Clint Eastwood and would opt for a good old fashioned blended American bourbon over a single malt. Why not have him try something new in the category? Fistful of Bourbon launched nationally this year in an essential liquor store near you and is a blend of five straight American bourbons – literally a fistful – aged at least two years that together delivers the best that bourbon has to offer. Perfectly balanced between sweet and spicy, Fistful is the ideal spirit for any true American whiskey lover, served neat or in a cocktail. And its old-timey cowboy look and feel will transport any Western loving dad straight to the ranch, which is good, since so many dads will be stuck home on the range this Father’s Day. SRP $24.99.
New Dad : Glenfiddich Grand Cru
First-time dads deserve an extra special dram – it’s their first Father’s Day after all! New to the Glenfiddich portfolio, Glenfiddich Grand Cru is an exclusive expression that’s been matured for 23 years and elegantly finished in rare French cuvée casks. This Scotch fuses together the finest flavors from Scotland and France encapsulating the rich spirit of innovation and craftsmanship of Glenfiddich with the celebratory and indulgent character of sparkling wine. Through the art of experimentation, the remarkably rich whisky, already intense in flavor thanks to long maturation in American and European oak casks, is finely finessed with influences from French cuvée casks. Every drop of Grand Cru is the result of up to six months finishing time, adding new layers of luxury with a myriad of aromas, from apple blossom to candied lemon and freshly baked bread. Rich vanilla, sweet brioche, sandalwood, pear sorbet and white grape build a beautiful harmony of flavors on the palate; enhanced by a long, opulent finish. SRP $299.99
For The Dad That Collects Whisky: The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years
Finding the right gift for a dad that collects whisky requires extra thought, you have to opt for an expression that is uber special. The Balvenie PortWood 21 Year Old is a wonderfully unique gift that will be sure to impress the father figure in your life. Aged 21 years in traditional oak casks and then finished in port casks, this 21 year old is a rare marriage of The Balvenie. The taste is refined and with remarkable character, it is creamy and silky on the palate, with fruit, honey and spice notes. SRP $224.99