With Father’s Day just around the corner I joined Brandon Seier’s podcast Builds, Bullets and Brews to share gift ideas, any whiskey loving dad would enjoy.
Now, if you’ve never listened to Brandon’s podcast before, then you are missing out. It’s a podcast dedicated to builds (DIY, fences, benches, tables, etc.); bullets (shooting, hunting, reloading, competitive shooting, etc.) and brews (whiskey, beer, coffee, wine, etc.). If you love any of these B’s, then you should listen to this podcast. Available on Apple, Google and Spotify.
You can listen to our talk here.
Without further ado, let’s get started. The list below is broken down by price range. Prices may vary depending on where you live. Finally, I’ve tasted every single product mentioned on my list. I’ll never recommend a product I haven’t tasted myself.
Priced Above $50
Barrell Bourbon (Batch 020): $97
Westland Peated whiskey: $70
Woodford Reserve Double Oak: $64
Weller Antique 107: $60
Priced Below $50
Kings County Distillery Peated Bourbon: $45
Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey: $40
1792 Full Proof: $43.99
Old Ezra 7 Year: $39
Makers Mark 46: $35
Barrell Bourbon (Batch 020)
Produced by Barrell Craft Spirits. They source and blend casks from established producers and then bottle the whisky at Cask Strength. They are essentially bourbon independent bottlers which is quite unique to the US but has been popular in the UK for quite some time. Gordon & MacPhail, Ian Macleod, Cadenhead’s and Adelphi to name a few.
Batch 020 is a blend of selected barrels from Tennessee and Kentucky aged 10-14 years. It’s a cask strength bottling. The mash consists of corn, rye and malted barley.
Nose: butterscotch, spices and wood
Palate: creamy, lightly sweet with notes of honey, oak and spices
Finish: intense with notes of spices
It’s a cast strength that starts off very creamy and lightly sweet but finishes strong in a good way. It completely warms you up and keeps you feeling toasty for quite a while. I could feel a slight burn in the back of my throat even after I’d finished drinking. This is a very well blended bourbon that just brings together both Kentucky and Tennessee in a great way.
This is hands down my favorite bourbon from this list.
Colonel Albert Blanton spent most of his life producing whiskey for the Ancient Age Distillery which you all now know as the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Nose: Sweet, oak, vanilla and citrus
Palate: vanilla, butterscotch, spices, cinnamon and oak
Finish: smooth with hints of nutmeg
Honestly this is purely amazing. This is a whiskey that you’ll enjoy from start to finish. It’s also a collector’s item. For those that don’t know you can find the horse in about 5 different positions. So, you can try and collect them all if you can find a bottle as this particular bottle has been hard to come by. If you can get a hold of it, this is the one I would get above all the others.
Westland Peated whiskey
Definitely not a Kentucky whiskey! However, this American Whiskey drinks like a single malt scotch. Westland is based in Washington State and their peated whiskey is one of the best American Whiskies I’ve ever tasted. If your dad is into Islay whiskies (Lagavulin, Bowmore, Ardbeg, etc.) this will be a great add for him.
This whiskey is fantastic. The peat is not overwhelming, and it’s easy to drink.
Nose: sweet, salt and oak
Palate: salt, light peat, spices and earthiness
Finish: light smoke with lingering notes of earthiness
The peated barley used is sourced from Inverness, Scotland. Westland is working on growing their own barley, but we won’t see the fruits of that labor for a while. The company is now owned by Remy Cointreau. If you want to read my Q&A with Chris Riesbeck, Eastern Sales Manager with Westland, click here.
Woodford Reserve Double Oak
Now I’ll be honest I’ve tried other Woodford Reserve whiskies and haven’t been a fan off them. Double Oak is one I really like. This Double oak is exactly what the name means, it was matured in two different charred oak barrels. Matured first in a charred oak barrel before being transferred into a barrel that is deeply toasted giving this bourbon complex wood taste.
Nose: oak, honey and chocolate
Palate: oak, light fruit, vanilla and caramel
Finish: creamy with ending notes of spices
Extremely smooth and creamy. The flavors are great here. It’s lightly sweet with the perfect blend of spices which are brought from the maturing process.
Weller Antique 107
A buffalo trace whiskey that is a wheated bourbon and aged between 5-7 years. It’s only in the last 5 years or so that this bottle became hard to get. This was a bottle that originally costed about $23 and now it’s popping up at about $60.
Nose: Vanilla, floral and sweet
Palate: vanilla, spices and fruit
Finish: Smooth with notes of Cinnamon
Easy to drink whiskey, it’s robust balanced and smooth. The mash is also very similar to the Pappy mash. It’s a cask strength that doesn’t really taste like cask strength. The wheat helps contribute to the nice sweetness you get making this a fantastic dram.
Kings County Distillery Peated Bourbon
Kings County Distillery was established in 2010 and is the first whiskey distillery in New York City since prohibition. The malted barley used in their peated bourbon is grown and smoked in Scotland. This scotch-like bourbon would even appeal to those who don’t enjoy peated whiskies because the peat notes are very, and I do mean very, light and subtle.
It’s smooth and flavorful, with just the right amount of peat.
Nose: wood and salt
Palate: caramel, light peat and chocolate
Finish: Smooth and lightly sweet
This bourbon is absolutely fantastic. The peat is certainly there but far from overwhelming. It also gives it that right amount of uniqueness. I don’t think I’ve tasted a bourbon quite like it. I highly recommend trying!
Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Another Washington whiskey that was acquired by Moët Hennessy (LVMH). Aged 5 years in charred new American oak barrels. The mash consists of Washington grown corn (72%), rye (22%) and malted barley (6%).
Nose: oak and spices
Palate: caramel, vanilla, spices and oak
Finish: sweet and spiced
This whiskey is bold, sweet and smooth. Even with the 22% rye in the mix, the rye helps give the whiskey a unique flavor profile. It’s fantastic. To read more from this whiskey, click here.
1792 Full Proof
Is produced by the Barton Distillery
Nose: oak, burnt sugar and nutmeg
Palate: toffee, spiced oak, sugar (no smoke notes for me)
Finish: warming spices and vanilla
Warms your entire body. For a high alcohol whisky it’s easy to drink and doesn’t punch you in the face, like some cask strength whiskies will. It’s bold, rich and full of flavor. With the high alcohol content and smooth drinking ability this bottle provides the highest value.
Old Ezra 7 Year
Kentucky Straight bourbon whiskey aged for 7-years in new charred white oak barrels. It is barrel strength, bottled at 117 proof and it is distilled at Luxco’s Lux Row Distillers.
Nose: oak, vanilla and toffee
Palate: wood, vanilla, cinnamon, lightly sweet with notes of caramel
Finish: spices, creamy and buttery with a light burn
You get strength, in a way that is not too harsh, filled with buttery sweetness and spices. It is far from light, but it is creamy, buttery and at times sweet. To read more about this whiskey, click here.
Makers Mark® 46
This bourbon is the first in their wood finish series. The innovative wood-stave-finishing process starts with fully matured Maker’s Mark® at cask strength. They then insert 10 seared virgin French oak staves into the barrel and finish it for nine weeks in our limestone cellar. The result is Maker’s Mark® 46: bolder and more complex, but without the bitterness typical of longer-aged whiskies.
Nose: wood and caramel
Palate: vanilla, caramel, oak and a subtle sweetness
Finish: smooth and rich
This is a great candidate for your daily drinker. It’s smooth, lightly sweet and delicious. It is easy to drink and very balanced. I think many people would like this one. If there was someone that wasn’t much of a bourbon drinker, this is a good place to start.
And there you have it! A list of great whiskies that any whiskey loving dad will enjoy. Wishing you all a very Happy Father’s Day and happy shopping.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.