12 whiskies for £50 and under for Father’s Day - including Macallan and Jack & Victor

With Father’s Day falling this month, there are plenty of whiskies that’d make an excellent gift.

Published 11th Jun 2024
Updated 19 th Jun 2024

With Father’s Day just around the corner (it falls on Sunday 16 June this year), there are a range of whiskies for dram loving dads or father figure, which won’t break the bank.

From single malts to celebrity whisky, here are some of the best for Father’s Day, which are all £50 or under.

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SMWS Dram Good Dad, £39

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has just released a new tasting pack for Father’s Day – “A Dram Good Dad” (£39), which contains three 50ml bottles of exceptional limited-edition single cask single malt Scotch whiskies.

As you’d expect from the SMWS, the whiskies all have fun names related to flavour, such as Push Pineapple Shake a Bee.

Buy it here.

Loch Lomond Original, £28

This budget-friendly buy is a smooth and easy drinking whisky ideal for those that enjoy a lighter style of dram.

Tasting notes include honey, vanilla and citrus with gentle smoke on the finish.

Loch Lomond Whiskies are also offering free engraving for father's day on selected bottles, including this one.

Buy it here.

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Ardbeg An Oa, £45.99

Inspired by the Mull of Oa, the cliffs protecting the Ardbeg distillery from the wild Atlantic Ocean, Ardbeg An Oa embraces its contrasts.

This whisky balances roundness with Ardbeg's signature intensity and is the perfect dram to enjoy when hiding from a cold autumn’s day. Or, in the case of this summer, a Saturday night in June.

It’s a dram with smoky power, mellowed by a delectable smooth sweetness. Hallmark Ardbeg peat, dark chocolate and aniseed are wrapped in smooth, silky butterscotch, black pepper and clove, before rising to an intense crescendo of flavour.

Ardbeg An Oa is a multi-award winning expression and with a wild intensity, it’s a dram to gift this Father’s Day.

Buy it here.

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Glenmorangie Triple Cask Reserve, £33

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Toast to Father’s Day with a dram of Glenmorangie's delicious new core range expression - Glenmorangie Triple Cask Reserve.

Glenmorangie Triple Cask Reserve brings a new dimension to the distillery’s core range, with a rich and subtle spice.

Inspired by the natural splendour of the Glenmorangie’s Highland home, this whisky has been matured in a combination of classic bourbon casks, new charred oak casks and rye whiskey casks, creating a deep harmony of flavour. 

With its symphony of fruity aromas and creamy rich tastes, subtly cut through with spice, Glenmorangie Triple Cask Reserve is delicious served neat, on ice or in cocktails.  

Buy it here.

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Aldi Glen Marnoch Peated Single Malt Whisky, £19.99

Aldi has recently released a new Glen Marnoch peated single malt whisky, priced at just £19.99.

Available in stores now, the new Scotch whisky offers a pleasing aroma of malt, aniseed and lemongrass. Combined with flavours of peat smoke and spice, the whisky leaves a lingering finish.

Three of the discount supermarket's whiskies recently won gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge.

You can pick up a bottle in store now.

The Famous Grouse Sherry Cask Finish, £22

You might know the Famous Grouse whisky, but did you now there was a Famous Grouse sherry cask finish whisky?

Launching exclusively at Morrisons, this premium whisky is a classic sherried dram at an accessible price of £22.

This blend features hand-selected Speyside malts by The Famous Grouse Master Blender matured in sherry-seasoned European oak casks, delivering rich, warming, and spiced characters.

Delicious on its own, it can also be used in a Sherry Cask spritz cocktail made with 50ml of the whisky, 20ml lemon juice, 20ml Madagascan vanilla syrup, sparkling wine, and ice – a perfect toast to fathers everywhere.

Buy it here.

The Balvenie 12-Year-Old DoubleWood, £49

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The Balvenie 12-Year-Old DoubleWood gains its distinctive character from maturation in two different wood types – American and European Oak.

Each maturation stage lends different qualities, resulting in a single malt creating a rounded dram, with rich with sweet vanilla and spicy oak notes.

It's an ideal classic whisky, that will appeal to those who are just getting into whisky.

Buy it here.

 Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, £27.99

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If you are looking for a Scottish whisky gift that packs a bit of character and personality, why not try Monkey Shoulder?

Alongside its punchy colour, this whisky delivers mellow vanilla and spicy hints, with a distinctive fruity and rich flavour profile.

It's an ideal whisky for cocktails too, which is why it was originally created.

Buy it here.

Jack & Victor blended whisky, £35

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This blended whisky is a must for dads that love Still Game.

The whisky was launched in 2021 by actors and stars of the hit BBC show, Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, and was a sell out success.

The blended Scotch whisky has been created to suit whisky newcomers and connoisseurs alike, with tastes of honeyed orchard fruits and sweet malted barley.

Buy it here.

Bladnoch Vinaya, £42

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Vinaya, a Sanskrit word meaning respect and gratitude, pays homage to Bladnoch Distillery’s original founders who paved the way for the brand’s exciting new era of innovation and production.

Non-chill filtered and natural in colour, Bladnoch Vinaya is matured in a combination of first-fill bourbon and sherry casks, a process which creates notes of fresh apple, sweet floral grass and hints of chocolate.

Buy it here.

Fettercairn 12 year old, £45

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This Highland whisky is light and fruity - and ideal summer dram and as a gift for dads' looking to get into whisky.

It's ideal on its own but also works in cocktails. Tasting notes include tropical fruit, ginger, vanilla, toffee, stone fruits and light roast coffee.

Buy it here.

Macallan 12 year old fine oak, £40

If your dad is keen to try Macallan, you can pick up a miniature of the 12 year old fine oak for about half the price of a full bottle.

The Fine Oak series was launched in 2004 and rebranded as the Triple Cask in 2018. The whisky has been created from a combination of sherry seasoned European and American oak, and bourbon casks.

Buy it here.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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