When a guy finds out he’s going to have a son, he usually fantasizes about two things: teaching him how to throw a ball and enjoying an alcoholic beverage with him once he comes of age. Regardless of your athletic prowess (or lack thereof), you can make good on his boozy fantasy this Father’s Day by gifting him a bottle of the good stuff, and bonus—you can enjoy it, too.
Laphroaig Lore: Released to celebrate the brand’s 200th anniversary, Lore promises to be the richest Laphroaig to date. Your dad will appreciate getting to try something new and special while still having an eye on tradition.
John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2016 Edition: We’ve all poured more Johnnie Walker down our gullets than we’d care to remember, but a bottle of the John Walker & Sons Private Collection is meant to be sipped and savored. Only 8,888 of the 2016 edition were produced, so your dad will be both touched and impressed by the fact that you snagged a bottle just for him.
Give Them Beer: If your dad’s more of a beer man than a whiskey lover, look no further than Give Them Beer, a site that allows you to, well, give people beer as a gift. Baskets start at $70 and can be fully customized from an extensive list of brews (some are delivered inside a portable cooler, an ice bucket or a James Bond-esque metal briefcase).
Lock Stock & Barrel 16: A new release from a relatively new whiskey brand, Lock Stock & Barrel 16, is a straight rye whiskey that’s been aged 16 years. Only 3,000 cases have been produced of this stuff, so grab a bottle for your dad and discuss all of the stupid shit you did when you were 16.
Casamigos Tequila: If your dad prefers tequila to whiskey, but you want to get him a bottle that’s out of a frat boy’s price range, look no further than Casamigos. Translating to “house of friends,” it was founded by George Clooney, which will help your dad convince your mom to take a shot or two (you’re welcome, dad).
Canadian Club Rye: If your dad’s drink of choice hasn’t changed much since 1985, chances are, he has an affinity for Canadian Club whiskey, which had quite the heyday back when your dad was enjoying his own heyday. A brand-new release from an old brand, Canadian Club Rye has an exceptionally low price point as far as whiskies are concerned ($20!), so you can get him something that feels new and special without breaking the bank.
Bache-Gabrielsen Natur & Eleganse VSOP: Speaking of old drink orders, remember cognac? Your dad does. It’s probably what he sipped on with his father-in-law when he asked for your mother’s hand in marriage. Bring him back to his youth with a bottle of Bache-Gabrielsen’s new Natur & Eleganse VSOP.
Slow & Low Rock & Rye: If your dad has ever expressed interest in trying “what the kids are drinking these days,” a bottle of Slow & Low’s Rock & Rye is the way to go. The bright orange labeling looks cool as hell, and the ingredients—local raw honey, navel oranges and a pinch of rock candy—sound good enough to make even the most stubborn man switch brands.
Whiskey Every Month Subscription: If you just can’t decide on one bottle of booze to give the man who taught you everything you needed to know about life (hopefully, anyway), you can always go big and get him the Whiskey Every Month subscription from Mouth ($75 each month, for three months).
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