We’ll cut to the chase. Ties are no fun. Cards are just a vessel to prove you stopped at the CVS before showing up at your father’s house. What does Dad really want? Whiskey, whiskey, and more whiskey. Don’t know what exactly to get him? Well, get him one of these. Below, you’ll find a variety of whiskies, one of which is sure to fit his palate.
First matured in American White Oak small batch bourbon barrels, the whisky is then transferred to Bordeaux red wine barrels for finishing — a way to both keep Jura’s signature style while creating a new flavor profile. Caramel and oak aromas are followed by spices, nuts, and vanilla on the palate with a somewhat jammy finish.
Stemming from the master distiller’s thesis project, Doubled & Twisted is made from a double Alambic pot distilled blend of 50-percent Aged Single Malt (three-year), 30-percent Aged Stout Whiskey (seven-year), and 20-percent Aged Pilsner Whiskey (three-year). It has baking spice and floral note son the nose and a malty, toasted vanilla body and finish.
Distilled in 2009 and matured in virgin oak casks, Octomore 8.4 comes in at a whopping 170 parts per million of peat (one of the highest on the market). Peat smoke is (obviously) smelled and tasted in every part of the sip, with leather, praline, and clove all making themselves known.
The twelfth release from Orphan Barrel, this was aged four years longer than the first release. Distilled at the Bernheim distillery sometime between 1990 and 1993, the whiskey is redolent of vanilla oak, followed by a palate of allspice and orchard fruits before ending in a caramel finish.
Hand-selected by GlenDronach’s master blender, this release was aged 24 years in a Sherry butt. Cherry and smoke on the nose gives way to an oily palate rich in raisins and prunes with an undercurrent of leather and blackberry. A long finish that has notes of cassis.
Made in a distillery revived after a 98-year hiatus, Peerless Rye is a sweet mash whiskey (compared to most that are sour mash) aged for two years. Bottled at barrel proof, each iteration of Peerless hits on the distillery’s three flavor tenets: fruits and florals, caramel and vanilla, and oak and pepper.
Inspired by the whisky brought on an Antarctic expedition by Ernest Shackleton, this blended malt whisky has vanilla, cinnamon, and toffee on the nose, with a palate full of dried fruits. The finish is smoked chocolate.
A mutli-award winning whiskey, Blade & Bow 22 was re-released this year in limited amounts, the straight bourbon whiskey is smoky and sweet, with oak and vanilla on the nose, caramels and baked cinnamon apples on the palate, and a strong finish.
Once only available in travel retail stores, this single malt whisky is aged in refill American oak hogsheads, European oak Sherry casks, and refill casks with new ends before finally being married in small oak casks. A nutty nose, fruitcake body, and a long, dry finish.
Matured in bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks for at least 10 years, which gives the whiskey notes of honeyed fruits, oak, and vanilla on the nose, many of the same notes on the palate, and a short, sweet finish. A great example of an Irish sipping whiskey.
A new limited edition single malt whisky, The Glenlivet Code is notable for not coming cask information or tasting notes, pushing drinkers to decode the taste digitally. Once decoded, you’ll be given a score to compare to others (before the true notes are unveiled at the end of the year).
We’ve covered Westward before, but this American whiskey is bready with notes of citrus and baking spice on the back end. A great starting point, should you be looking to dive into the world that is single malt American whiskeys.
Aged in Spanish Oloroso and American oak casks, Glenfiddich 18 is fruity while still maintaining a robust oak character. Moving from ripe fruit on the nose to dried fruit on the palate, it is an elegant and warming whisky every time.
This Speyside Scotch whisky is double cask matured (in a mix of oak and Sherry butts), which provides an aroma of fresh red apples, leading into a palate rich with chocolate, toffee, and cinnamon. The finish brings the baking spices back and lingers on the tongue for a while.
Then, if you’re dad prefers a cocktail:
Utilizing demerara sugar, fresh orange peels, tart cherries, and a proprietary herb blend, this Colorado-based company has winnowed down all you need to do to make an Old Fashioned to “add whiskey.”