When buying a whisky hamper as a Father’s Day gift, Scotland is the perfect place to begin. With five distinct whisky distilling areas, you’re spoilt for choice of malts and blends.
We’ve created a range of Scottish whisky gift hampers that feature the best. Be sure to order by Wednesday 7th June (before 1pm) in time for Father’s Day on Sunday, 21st June.
But what if you don’t know your Glenlivet from your Glenmorangie? What is the best way to choose a dram your Dad will love? We’ve some helpful suggestions.
Be inspired by food
Whisky journalist Alwynne Gwilt, who writes under the moniker Miss Whisky explains in the Telegraph “If they are new to the drink [whisky] , think about what their palate is like,”
“If they would choose a pudding instead of a starter, look for a whisky that has been matured in a sherry cask, as the sweet notes will come through.”
But if they like rich, earthy, meaty, smoky foods, try the big beasts like Highland Park, Talisker and Laphroig.
Look to the land
Not sure of your dad’s palate?
Think back to treasured memories of times with family and friends in Scotland.
Whisky is closely tied to the lands from which it is produced. and it is very likely that, wherever in Scotland your Dad holds dear, there is a whisky with flavours that will evoke past happy times .
The five regions, defined by geographical boundaries laid down by law, can be thought of as similar to the Terroir regions of France, where a particular wine, say, Burgundy, could only ever be produced from the land of the Burgundy region – because its soil and micro-climate are so unique, that they have an unmistakable ‘stamp’ on its product.
Sean Murphy describes each of the five whisky regions in wonderful detail here, It is a great read and may give you some ideas of what to write on your Father’s Day gift card, included with every hamper.
To help you choose your gift, here is a quick summary of whisky styles by region:
Style: light, floral notes with a dry finish.
Recommended: Glenmorangie 10 year old single malt, (featured in the Stirling and Inverness family hampers)
Style: Robust, rich and briney.
Recommended: Springbank, Glen Scotia and Kilkerran.
Style: Light, floral and fruity.
Recommended: Auchentoshan, Bladnoch and Glenkinchie.
Create new traditions
Clearly, wine isn’t the only drink capable of being the perfect match for food. Whisky is gaining in popularity as the ideal partner for a range of dishes, from light starters to desserts.
Create new family traditions by combining Scottish whisky with new flavours using our create your own hamper service.
Whisky is a great match for seafood, cheese, smoked and roasted meats, and desserts. The lighter styles work especially well with smoked salmon.
Full-bodied, aged in cask, and strong, smoky, peat styles are fabulous with dark chocolate, fruit cake and Christmas pudding, steak, roast venison, haggis and mature and blue cheeses.
You’ll find all of these and more in our Scottish Food and Drink section.
And if you’re still not sure which whisky to give your Dad, buy something that you like, so that you can enthuse about it.
If it turns out that your Dad doesn’t like it, you’ll be the one to drink it when you visit.
Any questions, please get in touch.