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.
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 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 4,000 for 700 ml
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 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 every day 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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