Launching his new column for LUX, whiskey collector, Utsava Kasera advises on the perfect whiskies to suit your Father’s Day plans
It is the best of time and it is the worst of time for whisky. What was considered as a drink for older generation is now being revered by the world savvy dandies as their drink of choice. While the whisky boom in the last decade has made the consumers spoilt for choice of their dram, it has also created cult figures like Macallan and Yamazaki. Sometimes even having deep pockets is not enough to get hold of some of the finest collectibles, which either go under the hammer or just reach the drawing rooms of the select few.
With fathers’ day approaching, I’ll share some suggestions for a tipple with the old man to go along with some stories. Whether you decide to go on a hiking trip with him, play a round of golf or just sit in the garden on a glorious summer afternoon, one of these whiskies will be a pleasant companion for those engaging conversations or silences between them.
Aberlour 16-Reserve Collection
Aberlour produces some fine whiskies but what stands out is their reserve collection.
If sherry is your thing, this is an absolute gem. The nose reminds me of walking in a room full of sweet spices while the palate is a dark chocolate cake with sour cherry, cinnamon and liquorice. At 55 percent ABV, it does set some fireworks at the first sip but grows on you while you continue the evening.
Offered with optional engraving to write that special message.
Find out more: www.aberlour.com/distillery-reserve-collection
Deanston Port Cask 2002
A rising star in the whisky world, Deanston is getting rave reviews for their whiskies. Under the master distiller Brendan McCarron, they do some interesting experimentations creating delicious spirits with distinct waxy characteristics. Deanston Port Cask is a distinct one as the waxy style is enhanced by flavours of toffee, juicy pear and pineapple. At ABV 51.1, this is a surprisingly easy whisky to drink. Hard to find, but if you’ll go an extra mile, it’ll be a very special gift.
Find out more: deanstonmalt.com
Bruichladdich Black Art 9.1
Nestled in the beautiful west coast of Scotland, Bruichladdich distillery on Isle of Islay is one of my favourites. Isle of Islay is known for producing peated whiskies but Bruichladdich offers some incredible unpeated choices too. Black Art 9.1 is one of their masterpieces for its sheer complex flavours. This whisky is a honeyed Christmas cake layered with tropical fruits and a hint of sweet vanilla. Savour it to start the evening, finish the evening or just save it for a special occasion, this dram will not disappoint.
Find out more: www.bruichladdich.com/-black-art-1992-edition-09-1/