Father’s Day is a great time to show the men that raised us just how much we care. Sometimes the hardest thing in shopping for Dad is finding something that he will enjoy and won’t just take up space in his closet. Distilled spirits are a great way to allow Dad to appreciate an artisan product made with care and a chance to introduce him to some new experiences. Here are some of the top picks for Father’s Day this year.
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon is aged for nine years and bottled at 120-proof (60% ABV). This rich, full-bodied bourbon is a masterpiece of the distillers’ art, with notes of vanilla, caramel, freshly roasted nuts, and a hint of smoke. If Dad is a bourbon aficionado, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve will be greatly appreciated this year.
Plymouth Gin has had its bottle updated to a more classic look. Luckily, it’s only the package that has changed, as the gin inside is still one of the top gins in the world. If Dad is a martini man or likes his gin and tonics, introduce him to the smooth and elegant taste of one of the most respected gins in the world.
Cruzan Single Barrel Rum is a blend of 5- to 12-year rums that are then aged for a second time in white American oak barrels. The result is a smooth sipping rum best enjoyed neat or on the rocks. Each barrel is unique in its character, so Dad will have a bottle every bit as unique as he is.
Crown Royal XR is simply the finest Canadian whisky ever made. Featuring whiskeys from the now closed LaSalle distillery, this is a must have if Dad is a Crown Royal man.
Laphroaig 10-year Single Malt Scotch is a big, peaty, and briny Islay malt. It claims to be “the most richly flavoured of all scotch whiskies,” a claim which few people would dispute. If your father enjoys single malts or cigars, Laphroaig is one of the classic names in Scotch whisky.
Brugal Especial Extra Dry Rum is the perfect rum for making daiquiris and other rum based libations. Eminently mixable, if Dad enjoys mixed rum drinks, take his imbibing up a notch with Brugal Especial Extra Dry. Its rich flavor will shine through and complement the other flavors in a cocktail, unlike many mass-produced white rums.
Knob Creek Rye Whiskey is a nice spicy rye whiskey that will shine in cocktails like the Manhattan or by itself sipped neat or on the rocks. With notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and oak, this is a great choice for fathers who enjoy big, spicy American whiskeys. While only available in select markets until July, a coupon for a bottle of Knob Creek Eye will have Dad’s mouth watering for a few weeks until his special bottle arrives.
Disclosure: I received samples of these products from Brugal, Jim Beam, Diageo, and Pernod Ricard for review. No other compensation from Brugal, Jim Beam, Diageo, or Pernod Ricard was received.