One of the best ways to show appreciation for your dad is through the simple gesture of spending quality time with him over some heartfelt conversation. Having a drink in hand is always a good way to get things going. We’ve compiled a list of gift-worthy Father’s Day drinks that will help you find the right bottle to celebrate with…
MoCU – Beer Pack
Has the ever-growing craft beer movement got a hold of your dad? If so, MoCU can help. Modern Curation Gallery is a new Australian company that allows you to compile the ultimate craft beer collection, one by one. Or, choose from one of their expertly curated pre-made packs. Whether you have no clue where to start or your mind is absolutely set, MoCU is made for some great variety drinking.
As the story goes, iconic Penfolds winemaker Max Schubert would gift his friends and family with wines he had created. Penfolds Max’s The Promise 2014 is an ode to both Max and his generosity. Starting with Shiraz fruits and followed by a strong mocha flavour, this wine is quite complex. Made from the spirit of giving, Max’s The Promise, is a winner for red lovers.
For something a touch more special this Father’s Day, look to Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old. As a part of its reserve collection, this champagne blends some of its best wines from as far back as 1988. The result of this unique process is a rich wine that pairs quite well with seafood and savoury finger food.
Cockburn’s was proudly founded by brothers John and Robert Cockburn in 1815. The company has since carved out a reputation for high quality wine, one in particular being Cockburn’s Late Bottled Vintage Port. This 2011 LBV has been aged in large oak vats for a full-bodied flavour. Cockburn’s Port is an ideal drink to serve after a satisfying father’s day lunch.
Created by and largely for the Archie Rose team, Distiller’s Strength Gin is a drink that’s big, bold and intense. Distilled at a higher alcohol by volume and with 15 carefully selected local botanicals, flavours are smooth and pronounced. It took Archie Rose 45 attempts to perfect Distiller’s Strength, so dad will be proud to have this sitting in his cabinet.
Nestled away in the Yarra Valley is small-scale Australian distiller, Four Pillars. Their 2017 vintage Bloody Shiraz Gin achieves its raspberry character and sweet taste by combining their Rare Dry Gin with some of the country’s best Shiraz grapes. It can be enjoyed by itself but will taste particularly good when mixed into cocktails.
Renowned for their complex creations, Chivas Regal 18YO is one for the seasoned whisky drinker. Aged for almost two decades, over 85 flavour notes greet the palate including a sweet smokiness and dark chocolate, with a floral finish. This award-winning whisky makes for a great liquor collection centrepiece.
The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask is an embodiment of patience and craftsmanship. Combining sherry seasoned American oak with European oak, this single malt whisky presents itself as balanced and smooth. Citrus, vanilla and light oak are dominant, followed by a quintessential Macallan spice to finish.
Born from a conversation between Jameson’s head distiller and a neighbouring head brewer, Jameson Caskmates is a triple-distilled whiskey with a modern twist. Finished in stout-seasoned craft beer barrels, this whiskey contains strong notes of coffee, cocoa and butterscotch. We know whiskey lovers will appreciate this blend of old and new.
Undergoing a meticulous process, Jameson Black Barrel is matured in a mix of Sherry casks, American oak and bourbon barrels. The bourbon barrels then endure a painstaking double charring process, which truly reflects the quality of this drink. Dominated by nutty notes and a vanilla sweetness, Black Barrel keeps the Jameson tradition of hard work alive.
Glenfiddich has a place in history as the world’s most awarded single malt scotch whisky, and continues to produce highly unique flavours. The best example of this is IPA Experiment. Brewed in craft India Pale Ale barrels, this single malt has strong notes of citrus with refreshing hops to complement. Being a sweeter whisky, this is best enjoyed on the rocks.
The second of Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series, Project XX is the brainchild of 20 of the whisky industry’s most creative minds. It holds a largely fruity character which includes pear and apple blossom, and finishes with a slither of cinnamon spice and liquorice. Such a premium single malt makes for an ideal Father’s Day dram.
As an ode to The Glenlivet originator George Smith, Founder’s Reserve is a contemporary take on the original classic. Combining fruity notes of pear, orange and candy apple, the maturation process gives it an undeniable sweetness and smoothness. Capturing Smith’s innovation and spirit, Founder’s Reserve is synonymous with enjoyment.
Since 1715, Martell has been constantly fine-tuning their art. Their pursuit of constant improvement has culminated in Martell VS. This velvety cognac contains a combination of fruity and woody notes with a pleasant citrus finish. Martell VS is crafted with character and can be thoroughly enjoyed either on the rocks or mixed with ginger ale.
Upholding the grand standard of Martell, VSOP Médaillon is the younger and softer brother of the VS. A polished golden amber appearance is accompanied by crystallised fruit blends and oak wood notes. Aptly described as a symbol of maturity, dad certainly shares that trait with this cognac.
When it comes to vodka, Grey Goose is a gift that not only tastes exceptional but looks the part too. Using soft winter wheat from northern France and pristine waters from Gensac-La-Pallue, no stone is left unturned in its creation. Grey Goose’s fresh and crisp taste makes it a truly gift-worthy choice.