If you’re unsure what to buy Dad for Father’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of expertly made whiskey.
To help you choose, we’re highlighting five of our favorite Beam Suntory bottlings that Dad will love. From a rye-rum blend to a classic Islay scotch, these are the best Father’s Day whiskies to gift Dad this year.
Basil Hayden’s Caribbean Reserve Rye ($45)
Basil Hayden is always bottling a new and interesting whiskey, and we’re extra excited about the brand’s Caribbean Reserve Rye. It’s a blend of 8-year-old Kentucky rye whiskey, 4-year-old Canadian rye whisky, and black strap rum that was created specifically for summer drinking. Expect to find spiced, toasted oak and vanilla notes, with a brown sugar tinge from the rum.
Booker’s Batch 2019-02, “Shiny Barrel Batch” ($80)
If you want to splurge a little bit on Dad this year, then this Booker’s bottling is a best bet. “Shiny Barrel Batch” is the second in the 2019 collection, and it’s named to honor a bygone distillery tradition that inspired sixth generation Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe to create his namesake bourbon more than three decades ago. The whiskey is sweet and warm with rich vanilla notes.
Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey ($40)
Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey is a perfect gift for the dad who loves mixing classic cocktails like Old Fashioneds and Manhattans. The 100-proof rye is made pre-Prohibition style for a spicy but smooth whiskey that is just as tasty neat as it is mixed into drinks. Think flavors of vanilla and oak with a warm, spicy finish that calls for another sip.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky ($47)
Laphroaig 10 Year Old is distilled the same way as when Ian Hunter invented it more than 75 years ago, and to this day it’s the foundation of all the brand’s expressions. In true Islay style, malted barley is dried over a peat fire, and the smoke is used to give this whisky its extra-smoky flavor. Balanced by notes of saline and sweetness, it’s a perfect celebration bottle for the scotch-loving dad.
Legent Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($39)
This new whiskey is a collaboration between Fred Noe, the seventh-generation Jim Beam master distiller, and Shinji Fukuyo, the fifth-ever chief blender of Suntory Japanese Whisky. Legent Kentucky Bourbon is aged for at least four years in new, charred American oak before it’s finished in sherry and red wine casks to give it a light tartness and dried fruit notes. It’s the best of both worlds—complex like a Japanese whisky with the rich, layered flavors of bourbon that make it particularly easy drinking.