If you’ve made it through life without feeling at some point that you owe your dad a drink, then you’ve probably been living life wrong. This Father’s Day, show pops how much you care by helping him drink away the years of stress you’ve caused him with these American, Irish, and Scotch whiskies. If you are really looking to make it up to dad this year, then you’ll probably want to send him on an adventure, too.
A newcomer to American shores, Slane Irish Whiskey is triple-casked for a full-bodied yet smooth whiskey. Slane first spends time in heavily-toasted, lightly charred virgin oak, then moves to seasoned oak barrels before finally ending up in Oloroso Sherry casks. (If Dad needs more convincing, Guns N’ Roses just played at Slane Castle.)
Maker’s 46 $40
If dad is used to the usual Maker’s Mark, switch it up on him by giving him Maker’s 46 this time around. Aged longer and finished with French Oak staves in the barrel, 46 has a more complex flavor than what he may be used to.
This blended Scotch whisky, which is named after the Gaelic phrase that we get the word whisk(e)y from, has roots dating back to the 1700s. For the political Dad, this mix of Highland single malts was served at the inaugurations of both Richard Nixon and George Bush Senior.
The second special release from Booker’s this year, “Blue Knights” commemorates Booker Noe’s affinity for the motorcycle club (composed of active and retired law enforcement officers) of the same name. Aged for six years, three months, and six days, this 127.4-proof bourbon was produced by blending whiskies from four production dates in four different warehouses.
A recent winner of a silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Bourdega is a single malt Irish whiskey that is aged in bourbon casks and finished in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks. Help Dad expand his palate into Irish whiskey with this one.
For the dad looking for something on the rarer side (that isn’t Pappy), this is the tenth release from the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company and the fourth Rhetoric line, this whiskey has been aged three years longer than the previous Rhetoric release.
Rated the best whisky in the 2012 version of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (scoring a 97.5 out of 100), Old Pulteney comes from the northernmost distillery of mainland Scotland. Toffee and vanilla before a nice, dry finish will last Dad long into the night.
Hochstadter’s Family Reserve $199.99
Aged for sixteen years in new American oak barrels and sourced from Alberta Distillers, this 100-percent farm-grown rye is bottled at barrel proof for a full-flavored and bold rye whiskey that makes a great sipper for big, bold fathers.
The Dalmore King Alexander III $350.00
Matured in six casks (Ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, Port pipes, and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques) King Alexander III is a Scotch whisky for the dad that looks for a little more complexity in his life—as if putting up with you for eighteen-plus years wasn’t enough.