Tis the season, and if you're like a lot of gift-buyers out there, Dad is both the easiest and the hardest family member to shop for -- sure, you can always get him golf clubs or bottles of fancy booze, but which ones? I might not know a nine-iron from a putter, but I do know a few things about whiskey. Here are five tasty ideas for boozy gifts this season, with reviews from my whiskey club's excellent website (or you can skip right to our database of thousands of whiskey reviews).
Parker's Heritage 10 Year Wheated Bourbon
Price point: around $85
About: Anything from the Parker's Heritage label -- from the Heaven Hill distillery, in conjunction with Parker Beam, of the nearly-royal Beams -- will be good, but this stuff is especially tasty. At more than 120 proof, the alcohol content is about 25% higher than your average bottle of bourbon, but along with all that undiluted alcohol comes undiluted flavor. A lot of people will cut a whiskey this strong with an ice cube or a thimble-full of spring water; I'm of the sip-it-straight persuasion, but that's just me.
Tasting notes: "Fantastic nose, like french toast in a glass with maple syrup. Pretty hot at ~ 64%, but I like that, brings out the big rich spicy wheat profile with lots of sweetness lingering in the finish."
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac
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