Sunday 20 June is a special day in South Africa. Children, mentees and colleagues celebrate the father figures who play a part in their lives. All dads are different and exceptional in unique ways, from the quiet, contemplative heroes to the fun, bad-pun-dropping legends who add dad-jokes to every occasion. Father’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate them over a bottle of something especially suited to their specific characters.
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From whisky and vodka to champagne, pair the right drink to your dad’s standout trait, whether this be his integrity, flexibility, thirst for fun or indomitable passion for what he does.
Here are a few brands that are perfect for raising a toast and celebrating the day with your father figure:
For the Dad that’s full of Wonder
Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky Original – Perfect For Enjoying at Any Time.
No matter how challenging things get or how mundane life becomes this father figure remains the person who brings magic and wonder to life. Glenmorangie has been creating delicious and wondrous whiskies since 1843. You can pay tribute to this by concocting him a ginger lemon highball cocktail using Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky Original. For those looking for something even more special, you can give the gift of discovery with the Glenmorangie Pioneer Pack this Father’s Day: with a 750ml Glenmorangie Original 10 YO and extra-matured Glenmorangie expressions in a 50ml; Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 YO and 50ml Quinta Ruban 14 YO. Glenmorangie just like dad brings a world of wonder to life.
Available from: R419,95
For the lovable weirdo Dad
Ardbeg Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10yr Old – Add A Little Bit of Weird
If you’re looking for a gift as outrageously unique and bold as the person you’re buying it for, then look no further than Ardberg Ten Years Old. It is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex single malt. Much like your dad, with his loveable quirkiness, it has exceptional added depth stemming from an ABV of 46%. Rather than being overwhelming, the peat gives way to the malt’s natural sweetness to produce an exceptionally balanced whisky.
Available from: R649
For the Dad in harmony, who balances it all
Hennessy Cognac V.S.O.P Privilège – The Original VSOP
For the father figure that balances everything. He is a man that despite the complex world creates harmony for all around him. Create such a moment by gifting him with the world’s favourite VSOP: the Hennessy VSOP Privilège. With a unique history, VSOP Privilège was first crafted in 1818 in response to a request of the future king of England, George IV, for an “excellent old pale eau-de-vie from Cognac”. As the ideal expression of a perfectly balanced, harmonious cognac, this VSOP is genuinely fit for a king and would be the perfect gift for Father’s Day.
Available from: R799,99
For the unique character Dad
Belvedere Vodka SER – Rye. Water. Character.
Your dad is one of a kind, a unique expression of themselves. Like James Bond, there is no one else like them. Pair this dad with a vodka martini (shaken, not stirred, of course) using a vodka of uncompromising quality to steal the show. Belvedere Single Estate Rye Vodka embodies the unique character of the dense hardwood forests of Smogóry – the small village in rural Western Poland in which it is crafted. The Rare Diamond Dankowski rye imparts an exceptionally bold, robust and savoury flavour, which is a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship and expertise for which Belvedere is renowned.
Available from: R499,95
For the exceptional and rare Dad
Moët & Chandon Champagne Vintage 2012 – For The Collectors
A Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage is founded upon three essential values: freedom of interpretation, selection of the year’s most remarkable wines, and the vintage’s individuality. A Grand Vintage is unique as a moment in time captured and revealed through the expert interpretation of the Cellar Master. Grand Vintage 2012 perfectly embodies this spirit. The harmony, softness and freshness of this vintage evoke the warm seasonal transition from spring to summer.
Available from: R1099
Not for sale to persons under 18.
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