A Whisky for Every Dad

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There might not be a more dynamic duo on the face of the earth than dear old dad and a bottle of whisky. 

When it comes to the old man, more often than not, a glass of whisky is his preferred drink. Maybe my world view is skewed by my own experiences as my 83-year-old father continues to enjoy a glass or two each day. Without fail there will be a bottle of Wiser’s Special Blend in his cupboard. 

I've certainly bought him other whiskies to try, and he's enjoyed them, but he always goes back to the old reliable. That doesn't mean I won't stop making him try something new. 

If your dad is open to trying something different, then there’s all kinds of different whiskies now that can wet his whistle, no matter your budget. 

At the high end, that’s where you’ll normally find some rare, aged scotches. One of the newer offerings at Happy Hour is the Campbeltown Loch 21 year old. It’s a blend of single malt and single grain whisky. For a scotch, it’s actually quite smooth but still complex. It’s also quite mysterious, as a google search doesn’t offer up much insight into it’s story. 

From there, you get into a nice range higher end whisky that won’t break the bank, like the Oppidan Solera Aged Bourbon. Solera aging is basically blending whiskies of different ages to create an average age. As the whisky ages, that number tends to get higher. 

The Oppidan is made from corn, malted rye, chocolate malted rye, and barley. It’s also aged in American oak, French oak and Oloroso sherry casks. The entire process leads to a relatively sweeter bourbon with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel and vanilla. 

If dad is a pretty straight forward kind of whisky guy, there’s good news. Whisky in that $40-$50 range is getting better all the time. One option could be the Wayne Gretzky no. 99 Red Cask Whisky. First and foremost, odds are dad is probably a hockey fan and therefore probably would love the idea of having some whisky approved by the Great One.

Here’s the thing, the whisky is pretty good too. It’s made with rye, malted rye and corn. Once it’s done aging in bourbon barrels, they finish it in wine barrels from the winery for a bit of a different twist.

Lastly, if you dad prefers something a little more on the sweet side or maybe isn’t too much of a whisky guy, there’s a bottle for him too. The Forty Creek Spike whisky offers up a nice balance of added flavours with a little bite of whisky. 

The Spike is flavoured with honey and a selection of secret spices that lead to a flavour that is rich and sweet. You’ll notice the brown spices with notes of butterscotch as well. It’s great on the rocks or in a variety of cocktails. 

So, there you have it. A whisky for dad to fit every budget and style. The only question left to be answered is, what will you be getting for yourself for a job well done? 

Joel Gasson