With Father’s Day fast approaching, we’ve handpicked a range of spirits that are perfect gifts for notoriously hard-to-buy-for dads; from trendy rum to classic whisky.
There will be no uninspiring socks this year, with the chosen spirits being guaranteed to be of the highest quality, with the majority having been awarded a Gold medal or above from our panel of expert judges.
For the trendsetting dad:
Founded in Mile End in 2014 as the first business of its kind in the city, Cabby’s Rum is the brainchild of Moses Odong; a London cabbie who drives a taxi by day and distils London’s only white rum by night.
This white rum has notes of vanilla, walnut and sherbet dip dab, and is also made with a touch of cinnamon and cloves. Cola sweetness, candied peel and coconut ice bring a touch of the Caribbean to London. This winner of the IWSC Rum & Cola Trophy 2018 is a must try for white rum aficionados.
Where to buy: The Whisky Exchange, £28.45
For the perfect host dad:
This exceptionally pure, handcrafted vodka has an incredible softness and elegance which places it a notch above the rest, so it came as no surprise when it won the IWSC Vodka Trophy in 2018. It’s smooth, creamy, and rich with a crisp bite and gentle note of toffee.
Where to buy: Adnams, £30.99
For the modern-day dad:
This Japanese gin features locally sourced ingredients such as yuzu and hinoki wood chips complement the notes of lemon and lime, along with a soft, subtle spice. It has a graceful texture with a light sweetness to start, followed by a dash of vanilla and chamomile with a peppery leafyness, before a long, menthol finish.
Where to buy: Amazon, £44.95
For the classic dad:
This IWSC Silver Outstanding 2018 winner offers a smoky nose of apricots and nectarines with drizzled honey and a lovely latent sherry note. The palate gives rich stone fruits wrapped in smoke, backed with parma violets and some Battenberg cake with smoked ginger and plums to finish.
Where to buy: Master of Malt - £29.95
For the millionaire dad:
This IWSC Gold Outstanding 2018 winner from the Balvenie distillery in Speyside offers a beautiful balance between traditional and Sherry cask malts, making this expertly aged whisky extremely special. The nose has rich, elegant floral notes with dried apricots, crystallised citrus peels, ginger, freshly crushed vanilla pods and a good hint of warm oak. The palate presents cinnamon, nutmeg, and thyme honey which develops floral hints further on.
Where to buy: Master of Malt - £3,475