Father’s Day is just around the corner and Highland Park Distillery (Kirkwall, Scotland) has released a Scotch Whisky Gift Guide that makes it easier than ever to hook dad up with the perfect bottle.
Dad. A guy that we all tend to think of as a person who is wise, experienced, and knows exactly what he likes and wants. Coincidentally, people also characterize Scotch drinkers with those same attributes . . . so why not combine the two this Father’s Day?
It just so happens that Highland Park currently has a stunning array of Scotch Whiskies currently available on shelves and they have provided us all with a handy gift guide that breaks them all down. Whether dad is new to whisky or has enjoyed Scotch for years, there is truly “an expression for every type of whisky-loving dad.” Just check out the descriptions of the whiskies below, match a one to your father’s tastes, and give him a thoughtful gift on June 17 that he can enjoy and savor for months. Prost!
For the dad dedicated to tradition:
MAGNUS – Highland Park stays true to their founder’s bold and uncompromising approach to whisky making – very little has changed the last 220 years. Magnus celebrates the unbroken traditions with a single malt whisky, matured in sherry seasoned American oak casks, that delivers notes of sweet vanilla, overlaid with distinctive aromatic smokiness. Magnus is a recent Gold Medal Winner in the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Flavors: lemon | vanilla sponge cake | caramelized pineapple | aromatic peat smoke | sweet violets
$40 RRP / 750 ml
For the proud craftsman:
18-YEAR-OLD – Named Best Spirit in the World in the Spirit Journal on two separate occasions, the intense balance of flavors going in Highland Park’s 18 Year Old owes everything to the distillery’s five traditional keystones of production. Slow burning, aromatic peat, Sherry seasoned European oak casks, cool maturation in Orkney’s temperate island climate and a long and unhurried harmonization process.
Flavors: Cherries | dark chocolate | toffee | marzipan | heather honey | aromatic peat smoke
$140 RRP / 750 ml
For the music-loving dad:
FULL VOLUME – This whisky was created using 100% ex-bourbon casks rather than Highland Park’s traditional sherry-seasoned ones. Distilled in 1999, FULL VOLUME was filtered at just over 4oC and delivers flavors of creamy vanilla and sweet citrus fruits from the bourbon casks, balanced by Highland Park’s characteristic aromatic smokiness.
Flavors: Vanilla | Coconut | Mango | Pineapple | Cedar Wood | Lemon peel | Vanilla pods | Light smoke
$100 RRP / 750 ml
For the whisky connoisseur:
THE DARK – A 17-year-old since malt whisky that has been matured exclusively in first fill sherry-seasoned European oak casks. The result is a perfectly balanced whisky packed with flavors of dried fruit and spices overlaid with hints of smoky peat. With a limited release of just 4,500 bottles in the USA, THE DARK will be succeeded by THE LIGHT in summer 2018.
THE DARK is a recent Double Gold Medal Winner in the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, named Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch – 13 to 19 Years.
Flavors: dried fruits | cinnamon | toasted almonds | cedar wood | fruit cake | light smoke
$300 RRP / 750ml
**Editor’s Note** Before the letters begin filling our inbox, we are completely aware that women are just as likely to enjoy Scotch as men. So, if mom happens to enjoy a nightcap of fine whisky, please feel free to use the gift guide above for Mother’s Day as well.