With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we’re highlighting three delicious bottles of scotch and bourbon that we think dad would love.
The Macallan 1824
It seems that every second Scotch distillers is dreaming up new, exotic “finishes” (Red Bordeaux Barrels, Port Barrels, Sauternes Barrels) in a effort to zip up their line-up with reams of new bottles. Not The Macallan (they want you use the “The” but to order a
The Macallan, neat, seems daft). The quintessential gentleman’s malt has the reverse problem—they can’t make enough whisky to satisfy the market’s thirst for their sublime spirit. So the announcement that they were coming out with a new line of whisky, it was no small occasion. The 1824 Series features four expressions (Gold, Amber, Sienna, Ruby) ranging in price from $65–300. Canada is just one of 2 markets to receive all four so it’s sort of our patriotic duty to buy a bottle, no? It’s literally just hitting the shelves now, so it’s a rare chance to be classy and current. $65–$300.
Some drinkers like Scotch, some like Bourbon, and they’re generally two pretty distinct groups. Irish Whiskey on the other hand? Everyone loves it. It’s nutty and a tad sweet with a smooth, lingering finish. A really good deal given the age. $90.
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
For the longest time I thought of bourbon the same way I think about the Star Spangled Banner—it’s a middling song that’s been masterfully marketed. But in the last decade, the spirit has been elevated by distillers who are committing to raising bourbon’s flavuor profile and complexity. Take Four Roses Single Barrel—a lightyear’s leap ahead of the standard Four Roses (which is fine for mixed drinks). It’s spicy more than sweet, and smooth without being insipid, and it’s not a bad deal given out insane liquor duties. $57.