Oh, yes. We love the standard George Dickel, so this super-duper premium one is a real treat. It is 86 proof, and has a big spearmint note up front then oozes grain, menthol, and a little white pepper. Mmmmmm. (Rating: Excellent)
Man does not live by bread alone. And a father, well, he needs even more, what with the middle of the night wake-ups, the tantrums, and the exploded filthy diapers. I have four children. Under the age of 10. Just this evening, my four-year old got out of bed 7 or 8 times with assorted excuses, including “My eye hurts.”
Yes, my needs are many.
Come father’s day, my hope is that I can slip out at the sunrise and head to the river. There I’ll rent a rowboat, and make my way onto the water still turbid from today’s rain. Cormorants and other birds will lead me to a promising spot. I’ll pitch my anchor, bait treble hook rigs, and let the heavy line from two rods sink in the Potomac. With any luck, the catfish will hit, and I’ll return to dock midday feeling like a master caster.
That’s how I want to start my day.
And I will conclude Dad Day sitting outside with a glass in hand. A special day justifies a special drink, one I know and love. The possibilities are many, but any of these would do quite nicely:
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon: I really like this whiskey. It comes in a bulbous, perfume-like bottle that shows its deep amber color. Sometimes I can handle this 90 proof drink straight up; but usually I prefer it with a single ice cube, which softens it so I can better enjoy its rich flavors. It is worth every penny of the $30 to $35 a bottle my local retailer charges. Continue reading “Great Drinks for Dad On Father’s Day”
This rare malt was distilled in 1989, slept in American oak casks, and bottled in 2010. Not much of it is left, certainly. Only 5,856 bottles were taken to market. This Speyside whisky is 112 proof (56% ABV).
The Scotch Noob has a nuanced review of this Cragganmore 21-year that is nuanced, but ultimately disapproving. We’re a bit less jaundiced on this one. It is a light, dry whisky, showing light notes of orange marmalade and heather, along with a hefty dose of grain and barrel. If there is peat in it, one must strain to taste it. This malt is a bit humdrum for such a rare bird. (Rating: Good)
Read more about Cragganmore at http://www.discovering-distilleries.com/cragganmore/. To source a bottle, try InternetWines.com and Wine-Searcher.
Whoa—this incarnation of Glenkinchie, a fine but too little known whisky, is 55.1% alcohol (110.2 proof). Nevertheless, this Lowland Scotch is easy sipping, offering notes of grain, cream, mint, cocoa powder, and honey. It is lightly peated and quite lovely. (Rating: Excellent.)
Read more about Glenkinchie at http://www.discovering-distilleries.com/glenkinchie/. To source a bottle, try InternetWines.com and Wine-Searcher.
Ah, baby #4 arrived and all is well—so time to celebrate by finishing the last of this Highland Park 12-Year. It retails for $40-$60 a bottle. It is lightly peated and an approachable 86 proof (43% alcohol). The viscosity makes it pleasurable to swish about the mouth. Anyone looking for an example of what good Scotch tastes like should try Highland Park 12-Year Old Scotch Whisky. (Rating: Very Good)
Read more at http://highlandpark.co.uk/
We are big fans of Ardbeg, having tasted reviewed a number of its whiskies over the years. (See here.)
Uigeadail (roughly, “oog-a-dal”), which means “dark and mysterious place,” 54.2% alcohol by volume, or 108.4 proof. Nonetheless, we enjoyed it neat. It won the highest praise from Jim Murray, and his fellow whiskheady, Ralfy, too.
This is a marvelous whiskey, heavy with peat, and showing sherry flavor. It is well worth a taste, but novices beware—it has big flavor. Ardbeg Uigeadail sells for $55 to $75 a bottle. (Rating: Very Good)