Father’s Day in Lockdown – I thought it sensible to look at Father’s Day gifts a tad earlier this year, in the light of COVID-19. So many of us who are lucky enough still to have fathers, will not be able to visit them properly or take them out for a pub lunch (unless of course the Government lifts restrictions very soon). That means that a little more forward planning is in order, especially as so many gifts may need to be mail order, and the post can take a little longer at the moment.
Assuming the budget is available, a good bottle of spirits is usually a pretty good bet. Whisky-wise, maybe a bottle of J&B Rare Scotch would be welcome? It is a combination of some 42 malt and grain whiskies resulting in a smooth and subtle blend. Widely available in Waitrose at £22.50 for 70cl it is available in some places in a special gift box – perfect for Father’s Day.
Another excellent whisky is available at Aldi for a mere £12.99 for 70cl. Highland Black Scotch has won multi gold awards and is a blend created with a range of the top Speyside and Highland malts blended together with Grain whisky from Girvan in the Scottish Lowlands. It’s then matured in oak casks for eight years minimum and it represents amazing value for such a smooth Scotch!
Did you know about English Whisky? I certainly didn’t, but a family owned and run company – The English Whisky Co – was the first and foremost and has been going for 14 years. It produces fine English Single Malt at its distillery in Norfolk. The Rum Cask release has been newly released and is available in two strengths in limited numbers at £47.50 and £75 from englishwhisky.co.uk
If a whiskey rather than whisky is more to his taste, and you have the budget, do check out Bulleit Bourbon. This 10-year-old award winning Kentucky whiskey is inspired by the small batch technique used over 150 years ago. It has a distinctive, bold, spicy taste and will appeal to any Bourbon aficionado. Around £42 from Master of Malt or Whisky Exchange.
Or perhaps, instead of Rum Cask whisky, he likes a tot or two of actual rum? Here again Aldi has stolen the spirit march on lots of its rivals with an award-winning Sea Dog Premium Spiced Rum. This premium, black, spiced rum-based spirit drink has notes of sweet vanilla, warming spices, coffee and a citrus lime kick, finished with a deep rum aftertaste. I’ve not been a great fan of rum, but have tasted a drop or two of this – it’s a really smooth, classy after dinner drink. Stonking value at £14.99 for 70cl.
How about providing your pa with a voucher for a virtual wine tasting? Well, not completely virtual, as he will be provided with some samples to taste! Tom Doran and his father Edwin from local company Doran Vineyards arrange a number of different sessions where 6-9 wines will be showcased (and sampled). Priced at £30-50 depending on the wines and a thoroughly informative and fun evening is in store. Contact Tom on 07949 028 590 for more info and arrange your voucher.
If alcohol isn’t the right thing to lift your father’s spirits, then perhaps a nice cheesy gift might be in order? You could give some much-needed support to our artisan cheeses by ordering a special Father’s Day gift pack from family-run Shepherd’s Purse, which produces the UK’s own unique Fettle – a delicious ewe’s milk cheese made up in Yorkshire. All orders of £30 or more have free P&P – simply use code LOVEEWE at checkout.