14 June, 2020
With Father’s Day just around the corner, and lockdown still making shopping difficult, we have put together a quick guide on some of the top tipples you can treat Dad/Grandad/Step-Dad/Great Grandad etc.
For Rum Lovers
A Personalised Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum Gift Pack
This delicious, award-winning Venezuelan rum is distilled from molasses in a copper pot still before 12 years of ageing. Rich, with notes of coffee, chocolate and orange zest, it’s the perfect spirit for both rum novice and connoisseur. The Whisky Exchange offers a bespoke engraving service where you can choose your very own message, making your gift even more personal. RRP: From £41.95 – available at The Whisky Exchange.
Swap the Old Spice for our Original Spiced Rum; a smooth finish with sharp swathes of vanilla and cardamom, expertly blended for a warm punchy flavour.
For a fruiter alternative, try the Passionfruit & Mango, perfect for those dads for would prefer something sweet and tangy.
Or for a bold twist on the spiced original, opt for the Blood Orange with added hints of apricot and just a hint of tropical fruits.
Is dad not a Mojito man? No problem! Serve with ginger beer and add a splash of lime for a unique twist on a Dark n’ Stormy.
Prices starting from £25, available from the ARLU Rum website.
For an extra Father’s Day treat, enter ‘Fathers15’ at the checkout for 15% off!
Rum with a difference!
If Dad loves a rum, then this Tiki Lovers Pineapple rum will delight his tastebuds! Created by the folks behind The Bitter Truth bitters range, Tiki Lovers Pineapple Rum takes its inspiration from way back when Caribbean distillers would macerate pineapples in sugar cane spirit, imparting a fruity dimension to their rum. This expression uses pineapples from South America, which are then pressed and infused into the rum. It’s delicious!
The Bitter Truth also do a Cocktail Bitters Traveler’s Set which can be carried in flight hand luggage and therefore is the ideal companion for all globetrotters who won’t settle for anything less than perfect drinks during their flight!
Including 5 different flavours in a lovely designed box this kit is also the perfect addition to anybody’s home bar.
For Gin Lovers
If he is more of a gin fanatic, then you can’t go wrong with Mermaid Gin. Made in the Isle of Wight’s only distillery, and created by long-time friends Xavier Baker (a brewer) and Conrad Gauntlett (a winemaker), this hand-crafted small batch gin is distilled using ten ethically-sourced botanicals. A smooth yet complex blend, Mermaid features the freshness of organic lemon zest, the peppery notes in grains of paradise and a hint of sea air from fragrant rock samphire (foraged from the Isle of Wight’s cliffs – and known locally as “Mermaid’s Kiss”, hence the gin’s name). It also uses Boadicea Hops grown in Ventnor’s botanical garden. The gin is presented in a highly tactile bottle with sculpted scales that reflect and refract light. The scales swirl downwards around the bottle to resemble the tail of the eponymous mythical sea creature, while the colours mimic the gin-clear blues of the Mediterranean, down to the deep greens of Mid-Atlantic rollers.
Furthermore, the bottle is plastic-free and 100% recyclable – featuring an all-natural cork with a wooden top and a unique, plant-based and biodegradable seal. The distillery has also demanded all its suppliers accept new sustainability challenges – such as stopping the use of bubble wrap and sourcing alternatives at every stage of the production and distribution process.
There are a range of different options to chose from, including:
Mermaid Gin (40% ABV), £40.00 ea./70cl. Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols. Online: masterofmalt.com
Mermaid Gin and Mermaid Pink Gin ‘Copa’ Gift Sets, £62.50/70cl bottle and two Copa glasses. isleofwightdistillery.com.
Mermaid Gin and Mermaid Pink Gin Miniatures Gift Sets, £21.99/x3 50cls. Harvey Nichols. harveynichols.com.
Ideal for those dad’s that like a clean and crisp G+T, choose the Original; characterised by a fragrant citrus nose from a delicious blend of botanicals, this zesty blend is versatile spirit that makes the perfect sipping gin.
Or for the ones who enjoy a twist on the classic flavours, try the Strawberry & Sicilian Lemon or Blood Orange & Ginger – both made with the same 11 signature botanicals found in the Original, further infused with fresh ingredients to create a glorious new flavour profile.
Prices starting from £14.95, available from the Didsbury Gin website.
For Lager and Ale Lovers
Jubel is a fruit-infused lager. Gift packs available to order exclusively from Amazon and bottles direct from the Jubel website with free delivery.
The range of beer includes flavours Peach, Grapefruit and Elderflower. At just 4% ABV, the light gold lagers are gluten-free, vegan and just 125 calories without losing any of the distinguishable flavours.
The Original Stormtrooper is a delicious hoppy aromatic session ale with bright citrus flavours. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and herbs are followed by a soft bitterness and earthy undertones.
Treat Dad to a 5 litre keg of this Galactic Pale ale. Dispending instructions are included on the can. Also keep cold, serve cool and drink fresh! The perfect way to enjoy some r n r! Click here to buy.
For Those Who Like Keeping up with the Trends!
Authentic Italian Amaro from Bologna
Hugely popular in Italy and now gaining prominence among the top bartenders in the UK – being used in bars like Circolo Popolare, American Bar at The Savoy, Sky Garden, Callooh Callay, Sexy Fish, Blue bar at the Berkeley, Locanda Locatelli and The Connaught Bar for a range of Aperitivo cocktails due to its a delicate and unique blend of sweet and citrus flavours, made up from 40 different botanicals from around the world.
Created in 1885 in Bologna, Amaro Montenegro it’s perfect for dads looking to experiment beyond the basics in the drinks cabinet, but is equally fantastic as a simple ‘Monte and Tonic’ serve that is a take on a G&T and a perfect digestif while relaxing after a day spent with the family.
Amaro Montenegro is available to purchase on various retailers, including Amazon for £19.95.
For Whisky Lovers
English Whisky Co.
The English Whisky Co. have put together a range of options perfect for the whisky lover! From a personalised bottle through to an engraved decanter, you can be sure to spoil the whisky lover in your life!
If you are looking for a personalised whisky, you can choose from either the The English Original – whisky aged to perfection in specially selected Bourbon casks, or The English Smokey – a peated (45ppm) single malt whisky. A lovely waft of smoke on the palate, ideal for the Islay fan.
Buy online here.
Ben Riach Whisky
If you’re looking for a slightly alternative whisky gift for your Dad, this is it. This intense, unique expression from BenRiach, packing a full-bodied flavour profile, provides the rare opportunity to try a peated Speyside whisky of this age – a unique treat for Dads who like to try something new. With notes of rum-soaked dried fruit, orange peel, new leather and oak-y smoke, the Temporis makes the perfect dram for exploring flavour.
Get yours here.