Great whisky and gin related Father's Day gift ideas

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

Published 15th Jun 2016
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Join the club...

Father's Day membership pack with the SMWS - (STAR BUY)

The SMWS have created a special limited edition online whisky package just for dads - a bottle of 25-year- old whisky ‘Exotic fruits and Polytunnel Flowers’ (Cask No 63.35), alongside Society membership for just £175 (normally £229).

As well as the bottle of whisky, the membership pack includes three sample bottles of Society whiskies, a member’s journal, a Society badge and a £10 voucher to spend on his first purchase.

We are sure any whisky-loving dad will love this!


For the peat lovers...

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old (Heavily Peated) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Should your dad be of the peat loving persuasion then you can't go wrong with this cracking little malt from Gordon & MacPhail. This bottling of the Bunnahabhain is heavily peated (unlike the distillery's main range) and the young age definitely suits the extra peat and gives the whisky a bold, punchy flavour that will be a big hit with smoke-heads - think smokey bacon, dark chocolate and sweet charcoal.


The great value present...

The Balvenie ‘Tasting Collection’ 


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This great little pack features three 5cl bottles of Balvenie's core range, including the 12-Year-Old DoubleWood, the 17 Year Old DoubleWood and the 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask.

These Balvenie whiskies are the perfect gift for any whisky loving dad this Father’s Day and are available from Sainsbury’s stores nationwide, for less than £20.

(£15, Sainsbury's)

For the man who likes to have options...

The Father's Day Deluxe Whisky Tasting Set - Master of Malt

If your dad loves to have a few different drams to pick from then Master of Malt's Father's Day Whisky Tasting Set makes the perfect present with ten 3cl samples of some of the finest whiskies in the world, including single malt Scotch from Islay and Speyside as well as whiskies from the USA, Ireland and Japan.

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Your dad can compare the smooth fruity notes of Nikka from the Barrel with the smokey punch of Kilchoman Machir Bay or the toffee flavour of Glenfarclas 105 with the ultra light Tullamore D.E.W.

(£76, Master of Malt)

The perfect accessory...

The Glencairn glass - (STAR BUY)

Picture: Glencairn
Picture: 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.

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(approx. £6,

For the classic gin fan...

NB gin 


NB claim that no matter the demand for their product they will only ever produce in small batches to ensure their gin is as perfect as they can make it and remains hand-crafted.

Made using only eight botanicals, NB claims that it only needs those eight to create a classic gin and make no mistakes about it, this is a traditional gin with a big juniper punch that any gin fan will love.


For the 'Hands on' gin fan... 

Gin Lovers Experience - Strathearn Distillery - (STAR BUY)

This is an experience for those dads who like to get involved and get their hands dirty, starting with a gin and tonic and a full tour of the distillery, the first part of the session is aimed at giving your old man an insight into distilling at one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries.

The Strathearn team will then help your dad perfect his very own Gin and Tonic (with tasting sessions), before he's given a cocktail masterclass and then taught how to infuse some base spirit with his very own choice of botanicals.

Just be prepared for his new found gin wisdom to be offered to you at every possible available moment following his trip.


For the 'cool' dad...

Dark Side of the Malt Tee - Swally Shirts


Fans of Pink Floyd, and music in general, will appreciate this whisky twist on the Dark Side of the Moon album cover. The design features the Glencairn glass in place of the familiar prism which is casting out a spectrum of whisky colours.

Printed on a black cotton shirt in top ­quality inks this will last as long as those band t­-shirts from the 80s you have at the bottom of the drawer.


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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-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 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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