As cheap as it sounds, the best starting point would be to give us an indication of how much you're willing to spend. Based on not knowing how much you have to spend, i'll give you a few whiskies on my wish list to give you an idea or two perhaps:
Highland Park 25
Glenfarclas 21 or 25
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles
St. Magdelene (any bottling)
Banff (as above)
Benriach 1988 Sherry or 1970 / 1975 single cask
Port Ellen (any annual release)
Strathisla 1968 Signatory or Gordon & MacPhail 40 Year old
The above bottles are all likely to cause some sort of discomfort to your bank account, but I don't think there would be anyone who would be disappointed to get something from the above.
Does he have a favorite brand, or a set of whiskies that he regularly enjoies?
ScotchBlog wrote:Since Anna said "whiskey" I'm going to be literal and assume the man likes Bourbon.
Go to the liquor shop and pick out the most expensive bourbon you can afford - Your dad will love it.
Well just because she spelled it "whiskey" doesn't necessarily mean bourbon. It could be Irish whiskey to.
Nick Brown wrote:I am always amazed at the recommendations people offer for gifts - I'm afraid my friends and family and I are far more parsomonious with our gifts! If my father drank (which he doesn't), he'd probably get a bottle of Benriach - and a Talisker 10 for a very special anniversary.
Granted, my list is rather extravagant and pricey, but how often does one turn 50? I'd like to think that a celebration of a special person should be celebrated with an equally special dram.
For regular birthdays, you certainly wouldn't go wrong with something a tad more wallet (frodo) friendly.
If you're not sure of your fathers tastes, I would avoid Ardbeg, Port Ellen and other heavily peated Islay whiskies. While they are generally well-liked here on the forums, (and not bad suggestions) your father could be one of the many whisky lovers that do not enjoy the most smoky whiskies.
The suggestions of Parvus is good, but I will agree with other posters that some of them are rather pricey.
If you are looking for a gift in a lower priceclass a Highland Park 18yo (appro. £53) will probably be appreciated by your father.
Before I make a recommendation, I'd like to know (a) where you are located, (b) what your price range is, and (c) what whiskies your father likes drinking.
I believe your info says you're from Grimsby. If that's Grimsby Ontario, we can help figure out something from the LCBO in conjunction with your price range.
It would help if you could tell us what your father drinks regularly, what he consideres "special occasion" whisky, and what he has in his liqour cabinet. Any ideas what he orders when he has a nice dinner out?
My apologies if my queries are too...forward. I figure if I don't have a handle on what your father likes, I don't believe I can make a useful recomendation.
I second the notion that you find out what he usually drinks and go up a step in age, or possibly find an unusual independent bottling from his favorite distillery. Take a list of his likes to the shop and tell them how much you'd like to spend.
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