A Gift For Every Father
by Allison Smith
Dad's can be some of the hardest people to shop for, and every Father's Day we find ourselves picking up some new tie or hardware tool. It's time to do something different! Dad deserves something unique and special as he is. Fortunately, we don't have to look too far- we've got a bunch of different gifts that will please many different types of dads- without breaking the bank! Cheers!
Classic dad is the dad who is an all-around stand up guy. He's the kind of dad who has his head on straight and knows what's what. He has his ducks in a row, but isn't afraid to indulge in a little luxury now and then. We love Maker's newest release, Cask Strength Bourbon. This whiskey is a great take-off the original brand. With a nose of spice, citrus, and darkfruit, followed by a palate of toasted nuts, caramel and wood and a long spicy-sweet finish, this is the bourbon for a classic dad.
Dapper dad is smooth character- not a hair or thread out of place. Dapper dad's taste includes smooth, complex scotch whisky- something like Muirhead's Silver Seal 16 year old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Still under $50, this whisky offers a deep range of aromas and flavors without being muddled. Light and balanced, this offering yields a blend of fruit on the palate and a subtle touch of brine, earth and wood.
Tech Savvy Dad
Tech dad is always up to date- he won't be caught without the latest gadgets or technology. Tech dad is efficient and on top of his game but isn't fussy. Sounds like your dad? We recommend Purity Vodka from Sweden. Certified organic in both the US and Europe, Purity Vodka undergoes 34 distillations to yield a vodka that is full-bodied, complex and loaded with character yet smooth and sophisticated- much akin to our Tech dads.
If your dad is the sort who is comfortable in the great outdoors and doesn't mind getting down and dirty, he may be the Outdoorsy dad. If your father is kind who is at home in the campfield, on the river or just in the backyard he may love High West's American Prairie Reserve Whiskey. This selection is blend of straight American whiskies ranging in age from 6 to 10 years. A focused bourbon, with notes of citrus and modest sweetness on the palate. The candied nut and cocoa finish may remind the Outdoorsy dad of trail-mix, only so much better!
If you'd describe your dad as the kind who doesn't mind taking it easy in the porch chair and doesn't sweating the small stuff, then you've got a Laid-Back dad. Give your dad El Tesoro Anejo Tequila to relax with this Father's Day. Aged between 2 and 3 years in oak barrels, this Tequila has an initially fruity sweet nose followed by notes of butterscotch, smoke, herbs and pepper. Easy-drinking and smooth, just like our Laid-Back papas.
Sometimes difficult to shop for, the Connoisseur dad may be a bit particular or he may just seem to have everything. Or so you think! Just for the discerning dad, a local specialty- Comb Blossom Brandy, made from honey mead wine right in Portchester, NY. Not to be thrown off, this special Brandy does have a hint of honey-like sweetness to start, it is super smooth going down. A perfect spirit to warm dad from the inside, this local goody is gently distilled in the traditional method dating back to Archiac, France.
Creative dads are not short on imagination! Whether they're sitting down with the guitar or exercising his free spirit, this dad always has a new idea to work on. Just like Creative dad, The Botanist Gin has a lot going on. This Islay Dry Gin is distilled with 22 foraged island botanicals to produce a smooth and electric spirit. Big floral notes of citrus, a cool palate and a long spicy finish will give the creative type good match.
Is your dad the competitive type? Will you most likely find him cheering on his favorite team? If you've got the Sporty dad who has always been up for a game of catch, he'll love this little 100 proof Bourbon whiskey from Cooperstown, NY! Beanball Bourbon is named after the famed baseball pitch and will take your sport loving dad back to field with notes of cracked corn, caramel, honey and oak.
If you'll find your father messing around in the kitchen or tending grill, he'll love Roagna Langhe Rosso. A great deal for a traditional Nebbiolo, this gem comes from some of Barolo and Barbareasco's top vineyards-something the culinarily talented dad will appreciate. A good accompaniment with many cuisines, this bottles packs the flavor with notes of dried cherry, cinnamon, rose petals and leather with firm structure and integrated tannins. Pick up a good cut of meat and tell Chef dad to go wild!