Five Great Whiskey Bottles for Father’s Day Gifts

Being a parent is a tough job. Whether the dad in your life is still worrying about head lice outbreaks and Saturday afternoon birthday party chaos, or they’re idly wondering if their 26-year-old will ever move out of their childhood bedroom, whiskey remains a time-tested antidote to the stresses of fatherhood.

If you’re shopping for dad, grandpa, or your partner this father’s day, we have a few suggestions for special whiskeys he’s sure to love.

Angel's Envy Gift Shop

inside the Angel’s Envy gift shop (image via Steve Coomes/The Whiskey Wash)

Angel’s Envy Bourbon

If your dad has a sweet tooth, he’ll love Angel’s Envy Bourbon, a Kentucky straight bourbon finished in ruby port casks. Spicy and sweet, it’s delicious on its own but not so precious it can’t be used for fancy cocktails. Angel’s Envy was among the first to kick off the port-finished bourbon trend, now in full swing, and they’re still the leader in the category.

High West Campfire

High West from Park City, Utah, has emerged as a leader in the American craft distilling industry—so much so that the company was recently acquired by Constellation Brands, propelling them into the big leagues. Campfire is a strange and wonderful whiskey, made from a combination of rye, bourbon, and peated blended malt Scotch. It sounds cacophonous, but it works to fascinating effect, delivering a big, engaging flavor profile that’s pure fun for whiskey nerds.

Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition

If your dad is something of a peat freak, Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition is sure to please. It’s a bit fancier than the standard 16-year-old, both in terms of price and finishing treatments (it gets extra tenure in PX sherry casks for a boost of richness), but it won’t bankrupt you, nor does it stray too far from Lagavulin’s tried-and-true flavor profile.

Nikka Coffey Grain

Japanese whisky continues to captivate American drinkers. If your dad is thinking about getting in on the game, Nikka Coffey Grain is an ideal introduction to the category. Made by Nikka Whisky, one of Japan’s leading distillers, it’s a grain whisky made on a Coffey still, and it’s one of the only Japanese whiskies that’s both affordable and easily obtainable in most American markets. It’s also delicious, with sweet flavors of melon, raspberry, and toffee and a surprisingly full body (at least for those who think grain whisky is always thin and mild).

E.H. Taylor Jr. Four Grain

Just released earlier this year, E.H. Taylor Hr. Four Grain Bourbon represents Buffalo Trace’s first foray into the four-grain style, which has become more popular as craft distilleries have grown more experimental. Combining corn and malted barley with wheat and rye, our reviewer found it opulent and complex, with appealing threads of orange and pecan pie. A surefire hit for bourbon nerds.

About the author

Margarett Waterbury

Margarett Waterbury is a food and drinks writer based in Portland, Oregon. She's the managing editor of The Whiskey Wash, the managing editor of Edible Portland, and a regular contributor to local and national publications.