Father’s Day 2016 is here which means its time to spend the day with the man who made you. What better way then over a good bottle of whiskey? Check out our picks below for some cool ideas to give the old man as a gift. We hope he’s kind enough to open it while your still around!

If you are looking for a gift to get him to go along with the bottle, check out our gift guide here.

Four Roses Single Barrel

Scheduled for release right around the big day for Dad, this bottle has become quite popular in recent years. With only a limited number released, this is surely something Dad will take every opportunity to brag about with each pour. The high rye mash bill results in oak, rye spice, dark fruits, and chocolate on the tongue. This is our number one pick for Dad given its annual release status right around the big day.

Russel Reserve 10 Year Bourbon

Master Distiller Jimmy Russell drinks this as his everyday whiskey and its damn good. Dad will enjoy its oaky sweetness straight up on in a cocktail. This is one of the best whiskeys for the price.

Colonel EH Taylor

There are several variants of this bottle, but feel free to pick any of them up. They come packaged in yellowish somewhat retro looking tubes, which ads a nice touch when presenting it as a gift. The bottled-in-bond variant is a nice touch given that the bottle’s namesake, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., fought for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. This is a great porch sipping whiskey for Dad as the higher proof will require careful sipping and the long sweet finish will pair nicely with summer nights.


This makes an excellent gift for the Dad who drinks whiskey on occasion as this bourbon pleases most given its complexity and yet refined tastes of orange chocolate, toffee, and leather. The bottle itself looks great and is a nice addition to any bar.

Suntory Hibiki Whiskey

This article focused on the American side of things for a first picks as this gift element of this holiday is uniquely American as well.

However, for the Dad who loves to travel and enjoys new things, the 12-year-old Japanese Whiskey receives great reviews. On the tongue, one finds pineapple, plum, sweet oak, and apricots finished with a nice spicy wood which neither burns nor lingers around for too long after its welcome

Bowmore 18

If scotch is Dad’s thing, this is a great gift to consider. This whisky is aged in ex-Bourbon or ex-Sherry barrels. It’s a perfect balance of honey, black jam, salted caramel, and seaweed while being gentle on the smoke. Dad will thank you and you will thank you and you will thank yourself when he opens this and shares a dram with you.

Aberlour a’bunadh

If wine is typically your Father’s go to yet he enjoys a fine whiskey now and then, try something aged in wine casks like this Aberlour a’bunadh. This whiskey is not for the faint of heart given its very high proof, but its raspberry sour, dark oak, tannins, and fruit may be just what a wine lover is looking for in a whiskey.

Glenfiddich 18 Year

This one is for the sweet loving Dad. Hints of ginger, spices, and vanilla combine with toffee and candied fruits to form a fruitcake sensation on the tongue. This is the perfect bottle for the man who enjoys his whiskey in the evenings after dinner.

Crown Royal

If any of the above whiskeys still haven’t caught your eye, then look no further than this. This Crown Royal Reserve is the perfect balance of fruit and spice. This is a perfect whiskey for the Dad who enjoys drinking whiskey. Some of its brothers were famously taken aboard (by the case – 10 in all) on the train King George and Queen Elizabeth rode across Canada in 1939.