It’s around this time of year that we, as a nation, find ourselves asking the same question; what on earth am I supposed to get for dad?? – What could you possibly get the man who has everything?
We begin to question everything we thought we knew about the man who taught us which team to support, how to ride a bike, order a steak, parallel park, the list goes on!
What are his hobbies? What makes him smile? What does he need? What does he want? -- You’re drawing blanks.
It has to be good enough to compensate for that tattoo you said you'd never get, the car you never clean, the £20 you said you'd repay...
So, what happens? You end up adding to his ever-expanding golf ball, mug or sock collection.
Not this year! This year, I’m going to let you in on the gift that will make dad, almost, crack a smile. A gift worthy of a pat on the back, or even a nod of approval, ‘what is that gift?’ I hear you shout, ‘I must have it!’ I hear you plea. That gift is.. WHISKY! (DUH! - the clues in the title).
So, lets get down to it. First up on our list of 'smile worthy whisky' is Springbank’s 12-year-old cask strength.
If this Campbeltown malt doesn’t raise a smile from dad straight away, after a few sips it certainly will. Boasting a cask strength of 54.8% ABV, this malt is sure to get dad in good spirits.
Next up, a personal favourite here at TRGWCo. Tomatin’s 14-year-old port wood finish.
This multi-awarding winning malt was made for the award-winning dad, think he’s the greatest EVER?? Prove it with this beautifully smooth whisky, even better if dads got a sweet tooth!
Okay, so maybe dads more of a beer guy. Well, we’ve even got a whisky for that! – Although we recommend you don’t consume a pint’s worth!!
Glenfiddich’s IPA Experimental whisky has been finished in casks that previously held India Pale Ale (or IPA), injecting an unusual hint of fresh hops, this malt is full of character.
Peat. Recognise the word? Yes? Maybe you know your dad more than we’re giving you credit for! No? Allow me to walk you through it... Peat is the Marmite of whisky world, you either love it or you hate it. Essentially peat is a type of soil, if used in the whisky distilling process then the resulting malt will usually be quite smoky in flavour.
If dad likes peat his whisky collection will more than likely contain malts from the likes of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and a few others. (show me the others).
Our suggestion for the Peaty Papa, Kilkerran Heavily Peated. This malt is the produce of Campbeltown based distillers Mitchell’s Glengyle.
Released in 2019, this malt is relatively new on the market, so it’s likely not to have been encountered by dad before - bonus points for exclusivity!
So far, this list has been dominated by Scotch whisky, lets change that.
For the dad who’s partial to all things stateside, we recommend Boondocks 11-year-old Cask Strength.
A whisky suited to both the aficionado and the amateur. A strong yet sweet whisky, dad thinks he’s a tough guy? Test his strength with this cask strength, bottled at 63.5% ABV.
There we have it, five drams for dad that may just earn you a heartfelt admission of pride. Worst case scenario? Dads not a fan, you keep the whisky, win-win.