Father’s Day: Four gifts for dad which need a glass before they’re useful

I always like to give you lots of notice for special days of the year. The ones which would cause you no end of trouble should you forget. Father’s Day is almost upon us,  Sunday June 17, so make a mental note of that right now. Sorted? In that case here’s gift ideas for dad.


Father’s Day ideas if dad likes whisky:

Father’s Day drink ideasHere’s one with a twist. The Glenfiddich IPA Experiment (RRP £44.93 at major retailers, including Master of Malt) is a collaboration between malt master  Brian Kinsman and craft brewer Seb Jones.

Three craft beers were created which rested in whisky casks; then the casks were later filled up with whisky to develop combined flavour notes. The whisky has a delightful fruity nose of apples and citrus and to taste the citrus notes freshen a malty, spicy edge.

Find out more about the  experiment here.


Father’s Day ideas if dad likes rum:

Father’s Day drink ideasElements Eight Republica (£30.45, thewhiskyexchange.com) won a  Rum Master – the top award possible – at the  Rum & Cachaça Masters organised by The Spirits Business magazine.

Elements Eight make artisan rums and Republica is a 5-year-old  blend of two single rums from Cuba and Panama aged in Bourbon casks. It has a smoky, peppery nose of orange peel and wood, there’s a citrus and spice bite with vanilla peeking through.

There are sister rums including Elements Eight Exotic Spices


Father’s Day ideas if dad likes wine:

Father’s Day drink ideasTreat him to a bottle of carmenere. if dad has a tendency to lose things, don’t worry, the wine world once lost this grape variety. The carmenere grape was thought to be extinct until DNA checks discovered it was growing happily in Chile (where it was thought to be merlot).

Veramonte Carmenere 2015 (RRP £12, Ocado, 14.5% abv) is full-bodied with plum and bramble fruits, with a dash of white pepper and a lick of vanilla.

A note of five spice creeps in, giving the sense of a sweetly concentrated wine with an alcohol kick just like Port.


Father’s Day ideas if dad likes gin:

Father's Day drink ideasHow about a glass of Peaky Blinder Spiced Dry Gin (from £22.95, Sadler’s Ales, Amazon) If dad is a fan of the TV show, this gin and its Peaky-hatted character on the label, might be right up his street.

It is created from nine botanicals and won a bronze at both the International Spirits Challenge 2018 and  the  San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018.  It has a fresh aromatic nose with punches of spice.

There’s also a Peaky Blinders whisky and a Peaky Blinders Spiced Rum.


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