Struggling to find your dad a gift for Father's Day? Fear not we have some great ideas for any whisky or gin lover.

Chauffeur, personal handyman, bank manager, life coach, occasional chef – whatever role a father fills he usually does so without complaint, so when Father’s Day comes around, let’s face it – a ‘World’s Best Dad’ mug simply won’t cut it.

Thankfully, Scotland currently has an abundance of wonderful spirits (and more than a few great value ones) that should suffice and please  and whisky or gin fans on the special day.

Whisky

For the lover of all things smooth…

Glen Moray Classic Sherry Cask Finish

Picture: Glen Moray

This cracking Speyside distillery has made something of a resurgence of late and this sherry-cask offering hits the spot for the all the right reasons. Sweet and fruity, it’s perfect for enjoying alongside a BBQ in this unusually sunny summer weather.

Price: approx. £25

For the man who likes a bit of intrigue…

The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve

This exciting new whisky from The Glenlivet has been finished in bother sherry and ex-cognac casks to create a dram that’s recognisable with its notes of dried fruit and citrus but intriguingly different from your regular Speyside whisky.

A wee “wander through the misty glens of Scottish Speyside to the rolling vineyards of French Cognac”.

Price: Approx. £50 (though a little birdie tells us it’s on offer at Tesco online)

For the lover of peat…

Port Charlotte 10 

This exciting whisky range was recently relaunched under new packaging by Bruichladdich and is designed to create the ‘Ultimate Islay Whisky’, with this heavily peated (40ppm) spirit being matured in various casks to create a smokey whisky with a heavy undercurrent of flavours.

Price: approx. £50

Gin

For the man who loves to give to good causes…

Ginerosity

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“Buy Gin… feel good about yourself” – a simple mantra but one that works and when you buy a bottle of Ginerosity, not only do you give the gift of a great London dry gin but also a portion of the money you paid goes towards helping disadvantaged young adults.

Price: £25

For those that love keeping up to date with new things… 

Misty Isle 

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With a recipe featuring spring waters from the Storr Lochs and hand foraged botanicals from various wild locations, this new gin is a little taste of Skye.

Juniper-led with hints of spice and earthy notes, this is a great gin for an adventurous drinker.

Price: approx. £38

Accessories

The Glencairn

If your dad is still drinking his whisky out of the old glass tumbler from the back of the cupboard behind the wine glasses then this gift will up his game and enhance his enjoyment of his drams.

The Glencairn has rapidly become the standard glass for nosing and sipping your drams, used by whisky bars, distilleries, whisky festivals and at tastings worldwide.

The tulip shape helps direct the scents to the nose and allows for the full enjoyment of the wonderful whisky your dad has bought with those hard-­earned pennies.

Price: £6 (or £25 for a crystal cut one if you are feeling generous)

Copa De Balon Glass

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The only way to drink gin and tonic these days is with a Copa De Balon glass, this type of glassware originated in Spain, a country where gin has proved popular for a far longer period than the recent surge of interest on these shores.

Designed to trap the aromas of the gin as well as provide the perfect amount of space for plenty of ice and garnishes, this glass has replaced the humble tumbler in the eyes of gin drinkers are the best way to enjoy a G & T.

Price: approx. £4

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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