With Father’s Day (June 15) falling on the first Sunday of the World Cup, pull up a chair, and enjoy some quality time.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Scottish craft beer specialists Innis & Gunn have created a new barrel-aged brew by maturing the beer for 30 days in casks sourced from Scotland’s five malt-whisky producing regions. It’s blended to produce a deep amber ale that’s rich and complex with toffee, biscuity malt, a hint of spice and a nice whisky kick. Innis & Gunn Malt Whisky Trail (£35, 12 single-boxed 33cl bottles, 7.4%, www.shop.innisandgunn.com)
With more flavour than you’d expect from a sauvignon blanc, Te Mata Estate Cape Crest 2011, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (£17.99, www.newzealandhouseofwine.co.uk) has flavours of gooseberry pie and custard, guava, nectarine, passion fruit and lime with a subtle hint of vanilla on the long, exquisite, minerally finish.
Westend Estate The Boxer Durif 2012, Australia (£8.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk) is made from the durif grape which is brambly, spicy and solid. At 15% abv, this opulent wine is dangerously easy to drink. The Boxer has loads of lush forest fruits, spicy oak, a lick of soil and fine-grained tannins on the long, supple finish adding structure.
The award-winning Casa Silva winery has tantalisingly smooth reds, like the Casa Silva Pintao Carmenere 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile (£9.99, Marks & Spencer). A medium-bodied, silky carmenere, it is beautifully textured with layers of wild berry fruits, subtle spice and velvety tannins on the gorgeous finish that’s well worth saddling up for.
JACK OF ALL TRADES
Not your average bottle of JD, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Tennessee (£47, 70cl, www.thewhiskyshop.com) is a rather more refined version of the iconic Jack Daniel’s Old No 7, America’s bestselling whiskey. The status of ‘Single Barrel’ signals a smooth whiskey with notes of vanilla, nuts and peaches with real depth of flavour and caramel, malt and oak on the long, lingering finish. To make a lasting impression on Father’s Day, the bottle can be engraved (as part of the cost) when bought from The Whisky Shop online.
This year, for the first time in The Glenlivet’s 190-year history, the Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter Exotic Expression (£55.95, 70cl, 48.7% abv, £55.95, www.thewhiskyexchange.com) - of which only a few thousand bottles have been created - has been chosen by loyal followers of the Guardians of Glenlivet as the whisky they want to drink. Given a choice of three cask collection single malts, the marmalade, fruitcake and honeyed soft fruits with a long, rich finish and a hint of sherry wood and spice was the winning formula this members-only club voted for.
Delicious as a sipping rum or in a chi chi cocktail, Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum, Jamaica (£140, 70cl, www.thewhiskyexchange.com) is closer to a malt whisky or cognac than a traditional golden rum. The blend of rums have been aged for a minimum of 21 years, and a rum virtuoso will adore the power and richness on the palate with wood, nuts and sweet spice giving way to dried fruit, cinnamon and vanilla with beautiful depth of flavour and finesse on the finish.