Whiskey and fathers, one pairing that’s never going out of style. So, here’s our list of the best whiskies for Father’s Day to gift your dad.
Oaksmith Gold is India’s first International blended whisky. It is crafted from Japan by Shinji Fukuyo, the same name behind Yamazaki and Hibiki. Despite the top-drawer Japanese craftsmanship, Oaksmith is priced as per the Indian whisky standards. The recipe carefully blends 100% Aged Scotch Malt Whiskies from Scotland and Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky from the Americas. Some distilleries are over two centuries old, where they were aged in charred American white oak barrels to give them their distinct flavour. The fine balance is achieved by the famed Japanese whisky-making techniques. The name Oaksmith is a tribute to this craftsmanship and the fine oak casks.
Prices: Ranges from Rs 950 to Rs 2,000
The Balvenie takes immense pride in being the only distillery in the Scottish Highlands to craft whisky in a traditional way. The Balvenie maintains the Five Rare Crafts of whisky making and is the only distillery in Scotland to grow its own barley and to use traditional floor maltings. The Balvenie DoubleWood Aged 12 years gets its peculiar character from being matured in two different wood types. This gives the whisky different qualities at each stage. The chocolate and raspberry, rich brioche, and stewed cherry aromas in addition to cherries and raspberries, sponge cake, spicy cinnamon, and black pepper ensure a sensory delight.
Price: Rs 8,900 for 700ml
The Glenlivet is the authentic Speyside malt made in the Livet Valley. The spirit reflects the gentleness of the region. Since the company’s establishment in 1824, The Glenlivet has set a benchmark for balance and perfect finish. It is available in four heritage variants – The Glenlivet 12, The Glenlivet 15, The Glenlivet 18, The Glenlivet 21, and the Glenlivet 25. The spirit sets the bar high in quality and taste and is priced at Rs 3,500, Rs 5,130, Rs 7,915, Rs 17,980 and Rs 34,220, respectively.
With 120 years of combined experience, Aberlour whisky makers are masters at creating a rich and harmonious blend of flavours. Aberlour is a leading brand in France and amongst the top malt whisky producers in the world. The secret behind Arberlour’s rich offerings is a process called ‘double cask maturation’. It involves both sherry casks and bourbon casks for the complete maturation period. This season, Aberlour has introduced 12 years old, 16 years old and 18 years old, which are priced at Rs 5,500, Rs 9,400 and Rs 16,500.
Scapa gets its name from the Scapa Flow, one of Britain’s most historic water stretches located in the Orkney islands of Scotland. Scapa is carefully crafted in a fully manual boutique distillery by a team of passionate experts. Each expression in the Scapa collection (Scapa Glansa and Scapa Skiren) finds inspiration from the island that has housed Scapa Distillery since the beginning. The unique artisanal island malt has a smooth honeyed flavour profile, which gives a very distinct taste for an island malt. The Scapa offerings –Skiren and Glansa are priced at Rs 7,150 and Rs 7,650, respectively.
Longmorn was created in late 1800 as a result of John Duff’s vision. The meticulous craftsmanship and the use of exquisite materials make drinking Longmorn a rich sensorial experience. Longmorn is full of flavour – smooth, elegant, multi-layered, and very exclusive. Two expressions of Longmorn – The Distiller’s choice and 16 years old are priced at Rs 8,950 and Rs 22,400, respectively.
Made from three single malts, this premium blended whiskey claims to be made for mixing. A part of William Grant & Sons, Monkey Shoulder is made up of a trio of the Speyside region of Scotland and carries fruity aromas that sit atop subtle vanilla notes. Is your father a connoisseur of whiskey cocktails? Then this one’s for him.
Price: Rs 5,800 for 750 ml (Mumbai)
The homegrown brand of whiskey makes some of the finest malts in the country. The Rampur Select Indian Single Malt Whiskey is known as the ‘Kohinoor of single malts’ and has won many awards, including the Double Gold Medal San Francisco. Its rich fruity and floral flavour with honey and vanilla adds a hint of sweetness and just a touch of spice. It’s not available for sale within the country, however, if you’re out of India at the moment and looking for a gift for your dad this one’s a great choice.
Price: Rs 6,000 for 750 ml, approx.
The India-based Amrut Single Malts make the Amrut Fusion, which was voted the third best whisky in the world by Jim Murray for the year. To this day, Amrut Fusion remains a top favourite even in the Indian market. It is thickly oaked and has a smoky flavour that is best enjoyed neat (add ice only if you really must). It takes a while to go from mild to full-blown peaty in the mouth, but that ‘savour time’ is great. You could also choose to bring in Amrut Indian, the peated Indian version or the peated Indian cask version, depending on your taste.
Price: Rs 4,000 for 750 ml, approx.
Japanese whiskies are no more simply a rage, they’ve become a staple in home bars. This blended whiskey is soft, silky, with a defined structure, and a hallmark of signature Japanese attention to quality and detail. If your father loves to try diverse malts, Hibiki is the way to go.
Price: Rs 15,000 approx.
The 12-Year-Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky boasts of citrus notes mingling with mellow honey. Topped off with Bowmore’s signature peat smokes flavour, it’s ideal for the summer months. To open up the aromas and fully take in its essence, add 30 ml into a glass of ice, topped off with a dash of water. The award-winning whiskey has received Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 and International Spirits Challenge 2017.
Price: Rs 5,500 for 700 ml, approx.
Another #VocalForLocal brand, Paul John single malts made an entry on home turf in 2016. At a time when an increasing number of people were turning to Indian single malts of international repute. Try their flagship expressions titled Brilliance (non-peated), Edited (mildly peated), and Bold (peated). The Edited makes for a perfect everyday post-work drink, best had on the rocks. The Nirvana varietal, a non-peated whiskey in this range is not easy to get your hands on, but if you do, then this is for when entertaining guests. And if you want to have the Best Asian Whisky 2018 in the Jim Murray Whisky Bible, then Kanya by Paul John, a seven-year-old whisky is an investment.
Price: Rs 5,000 for 1L, approx.
If your father enjoys his single malts, the Glenfiddich 18-year-old is ideal for him. It’s robust and full-bodied, yet remains remarkably soft, rounded and long-lasting. The signature Glenfiddich notes of dried fruit, candy peel, and date are overlaid with a hint of oak. A true classic for his personal bar, this one’s sure to make him revel in his love for whiskey to the fullest.
Price: Rs 15,500 (Mumbai)
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