Father's Day gift shopping can be tough work, especially when dad already has more power tools and barbecue accessories than he can shake a stick at. Instead of the basic, go-to gifts that involve more work for dad (why should he have slave over a hot grill on his special day?), get your father figure something he can really enjoy.
Where to find this perfect gift you ask? Well the LCBO is your one-stop-shop for deliciously decadent gifts, with bottles and spirits sourced from all over the world. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of fantastic gifting options? Just walk into your local LCBO store and ask for recommendations from their friendly and knowledgable staff. They'll walk you through the best bottles from A (for Auchentoshan) to Z (for Zirkova). And to make things even easier, we've rounded up the best whisky gifts at the LCBO that your father figure is sure to love, from start to smoky finish.
What's more, the LCBO offers beautiful gift packaging, so you can get everything in one quick and easy shopping trip. Or simply order online and have your pick of products delivered straight to your door or to the closest store. And if you're still unsure about what to get, an LCBO gift card gives dad the chance to do his own whisky wandering.
5 of the best whisky gifts at LCBO
1. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky
Give dad the VIP treatment with this extra special bottle of scotch. An authentic recreation of an original 19th century blend, this golden liquid is dripping with history. When it was first produced, this whisky was only sold to their most valuable customers — and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for your most valuable father figure. The blend includes 60-year-old malt whisky and is aged in casks made by distilleries that don’t even exist anymore, making it not only incredibly rare but irreplaceable — just like dad. Mellow on the nose without the usual whisky prickle, Johnnie Walker Blue Label starts out with a burst of hazelnuts, rose petals, sherry and oranges, followed by notes of kumquat, smoke and sandalwood, and a deliciously velvety mouthfeel.
2. Highland Park Viking Honour 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
$64.75, limited time offer until June 20, 2021, while quantities last
A tribute to Orkney’s ancestors and the vast Viking kingdom that once existed in Scotland, this whisky embodies the Viking values of pride, honour and fierce independence — all values after dad’s own heart. Pouring a beautiful glowing amber colour, Highland Park Viking Honour 12 Year Old offers a delicately complex flavour profile that your father figure is sure to get lost in with every sip. A bouquet of sweet honey and light peat are followed by warm spices, sweet citrus and full, rounded malt flavours on the palate. The long finish comes in waves of smoky honey and heather. This is a whisky that doesn’t disappoint.
3. Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask
$94.75, limited time offer until June 20, 2021, while quantities last
As you might have guessed from the name, this scotch is matured in two different casks: American oak and European sherry oak. This accounts for its beautifully balanced profile of sweet dried fruit and light oak spice. In this dram, the classic Macallan style meets the unmistakable sweetness of American oak seasoned with sherry for a fully rounded single malt that dad won’t be able to get enough of. Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask is creamy on the palate with notes of honey, marmalade and baking spices, while the long, fruity finish is dominated by sultana grapes.
4. The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve Single Malt Scotch
Made for dad’s summer sipping on the deck, The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve Single Malt Scotch will transport you to the tropics with just a single whiff. Finished in barrels that previously held Caribbean rum, this scotch carries fruit-forward flavours of pear, apple and banana for a bold, tropical twist on a classic. On the palate, expect an incredibly well-balanced and smooth spirit with notes of caramel, toffee, citrus, vanilla and melon. This medium-bodied, semi-sweet scotch is the perfect pour to sip on in the evening after dinner.
5. Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
$84.75, limited time offer until June 20, 2021, while quantities last
Double matured for double the flavour, dad is sure to love this whisky that’s aged as well as he has. The second maturation takes place in a smaller, quarter-sized cask, increasing the oak contact and lending flavours of coconut, banana and vanilla. The result is a subtly sweet sipper with the distinctive smoky, peaty flavour that Laphroaig is known for. On the palate, this glistening golden spirit has a soft, velvety mouthfeel and a long, drying finish.
For more Father's Day gifts and maybe a little something for you too, visit lcbo.com