For dads with an adventurous spirit who like something a little different, this fab selection of whiskies and bourbons will make a wonderful gift. Cheers...
Top Tip: The classic way to enjoy whisky is to keep it simple. Try it served neat or with a splash of water at room temperature – or over ice if you like
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Single Malt Whisky
This well-balanced, smooth single malt boasts myriad flavours – sweet, fruit notes of zesty oranges and pears, with a hint of toffee apples. Created in honour of Glenlivet founder George Smith’s original vision in 1824, this definitive, smooth single malt won Gold at The Scotch Whisky Masters 2015 (part of The Spirit Masters blind-tasting competitions) in the Single Malt Speyside: Special Edition category.
Extra Special Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled using pure Highland spring water and matured in oak casks formerly used for sherry or bourbon, this typical island scotch is a mix of the smoky, peaty aromas of traditional Islay malts and the sweetness of Speyside varieties. The result? A full-bodied whisky with subtle floral notes and hints of oak and spice.
The Famous Grouse
This blended whisky isn’t famous for nothing – around 43 million bottles are sold worldwide every year! Made by expert craftsmen from some of the finest scotch whiskies, it is matured in seasoned oak casks, which gives a rich, rounded sweetness. Savour the tempting oak, sherry and citrus aroma, medium-full bodied flavour and classic Speyside fruitiness.
Buy it: The Famous Grouse
Glenfiddich 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Creamy with a long, smooth, mellow finish, this 12-year- old signature tipple hails from the family-run Glenfiddich distillery, established in 1886. It’s one of the world’s best-selling single malts, and gets its sweet, subtle oak and pear flavours from being matured in casks made from old sherry and bourbon oak barrels.
Highland Park 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A heady combination of aromatic, heathery Orkney peat and the floral sweetness of casks previously seasoned with olorosa (Spanish for ‘scented’) sherry, this whisky is one of the most- respected single malts in the world. Gently smoky, warming and silky, it’s a great all-rounder.
Early Times Old Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Matured in bespoke oak barrels at the Brown-Forman Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. Its high-corn, low-rye content gives it a smooth, accessibly mellow taste profile with deep caramel notes, making it perfect for laid-back occasions.
Glenfiddich 15-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The mellowing process in a unique oak cask called a Solera Vat gives this exceptional whisky its distinctive character. The vat hasn’t been emptied since its first use in 1998, and is topped up with the ‘newer’ 15-year-old whiskies to provide layers of warm spice, honey and rich fruit.
Jim Beam White Label Bourbon
Aged for four years, Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has always been an independent spirit, and is made for those who take their bourbon seriously. For a fresh twist on this classic, Jim Beam Apple infuses the finest straight bourbon with the taste of crisp juicy apples.
Buy it: Jim Beam White Label Bourbon