2021 Father’s Day Whiskey Gift GuideBy Stephanie Moreno
Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday of June each year in many countries including the US. But like last year, this year is going to look a bit different than it usually does. And whether you’re able to share a dram of whiskey with your dad in person or will have to raise a glass virtually, choosing which whiskey to pour is going to be tough.
As Father’s Day is at the halfway mark of the year, at least we can narrow down our choices to the whiskeys that are recent arrivals. Of course not all dads like the same kind of whiskeys. So whether the dads in your life are a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll, we’ve got just the right Father’s Day whiskey gift for them.
Dad Likes to Spice It Up
Not your everyday rye whiskeys
Jefferson’s Rye Cognac Cask Finish is just the second rye release for the Jefferson’s Bourbon brand which first released a rye to its portfolio in 2008. For this bottling, fully-matured rye whiskey spends at least 9 months in a cognac cask to finish its maturation in Kentucky. It’s available as of March 2021 with an SRP of $69.99.
Rendezovus Rye is one of the most popular annual bottlings from Park City Utah’s High West Distillery. This limited release features custom artwork on the label by Ed Mell, known for his iconic renderings of the Western landscape. It is a blend of straight rye whiskeys, with a percentage of High West’s own pot still rye in the mix. Available as of May 2021, it is bottled at 46% ABV with an SRP of $69.99.
Dad Is a Bond(ed) Fan
Bonded Father’s Day whiskey for a bonafide great dad
This bottling is the third release in the distillery’s bottled-in-bond series, and the first from a spring distilling season, distilled in 2007. The Tennessee whiskey has a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley and is “chill charcoal mellowed.” Bottled at 50% ABV it was released in May 2021 with an SRP of $44.99.
This is the seventh release in the bottled-in-bond decanter series which first began with a spring 2018 release. Old Fitzgerald is a wheated bourbon produced by Heaven Hill and this bottled in bond version was distilled in one distillation season (spring 2013). The bourbons were pulled from three different rickhouses on different floors and from two different production dates. Aged for 8 years before bottling in spring 2021, this release bears a green label as other spring releases have done. This Father’s Day whiskey pick is bottled at 100 proof with an SRP of $85.
Dad Likes a Bargain
These whiskeys offer incredible value (as well as taste)
This is the first release in a series named for the historic Texas Military Institute, also known as “The Castle,” which overlooks the Capital Building in Austin, Texas. This is where the brand’s CEO and Master Blender Heather Greene blended the batch which is made from 13-year-old hand-selected bourbons bottled at barrel proof. Only twenty barrels were selected for the blend, making it the most limited to date for the brand. Released in May 2021, it is bottled at 108.5 proof with an SRP of $119.99.
Benriach The Twenty One is one of the core whiskies in the brand’s portfolio crafted by Master Blender Rachel Barrie. The Twenty One is made from both unpeated and peated spirit, both of which were aged for 21 years in four different types of casks: bourbon, sherry, virgin oak and Bordeaux red wine. Released in the US in February 2021, The Twenty One is bottled with natural color at 46% ABV with an SRP of $199.99.
Dad Has Style
Beautiful whiskeys, both inside and out
Westward Pinot Noir Cask Finish combines two things the northwest of the country is known for: single malt whiskey and pinot noir wine. The American single malt is fully matured before undergoing a 19-month finishing process using French oak casks. The casks held pinot noir from Suzor Wines, a noted producer in the Willamette Valley. Released in the US in December 2020, the whiskey is bottled at 45% ABV with an SRP of $89.99.
This is the first collaboration between Heaven’s Door American whiskey, owned by music legend Bob Dylan, and Redbreast Irish Whiskey. It is a limited-edition 10 year-old bourbon finished in Redbreast casks, which include some sherry cask influence, for 15 months. Released in May 2021, this Father’s Day whiskey pick is bottled at 50% ABV with an SRP of $99.99.
Dad Likes Smoke
Great peated whisky picks from Islay
For this edition in the ongoing limited series, actor Nick Offerman teams up with his dad Ric, and Guinness Brewery. The idea comes from both enjoying either the Scotch whisky or the stout at the end of a long work day, so why not combine them? This is an 11-year-old Lagavulin that has been finished for 4 months in that previously held Guinness Beer from the Open Gate Brewery in Maryland. Available as of May 2021 it has an SRP of $79.99.
Arrrrrrrdbeg! is a limited edition single malt made in honor of Ardbeg Distillery Manager Mickey Heads who left his position at Ardbeg after 13 years at the helm. It is the first ever Ardbeg to be matured in ex-rye casks. It is bottled without chill-filtration at 51.8% ABV. Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! is a global release with the US getting its allotment in February 2021 with an SRP of $179.99.
Dad Likes a Nightcap
Sweet, fruity whiskeys perfect at the end of the night
This is the third release in the limited edition Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series. Like each of the previous in the series, the whiskey begins with fully matured cask strength Maker’s Mark. The whiskey is then finished in secondary barrels containing the proprietary wood staves. FAE-01 focuses on the specific flavors of dried fruit and oak by searing an American oak stave on one side while leaving the other side raw. The whiskey is bottled between 110.3-110.6 proof. Released in March 2021, this Father’s Day whiskey pick has an SRP of $59.99.
Blue Spot is a non-chill-filtered whiskey from the “Spot” family of whiskeys produced in partnership between Irish Distillers and Mitchell & Son. Following Green, Yellow and Red Spot, Blue Spot was made from single pot still whiskeys which were aged for 7 years in bourbon casks, sherry butts and Portuguese Madeira casks. This was launched in select markets in the US in March 2021 with an SRP of $85.
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