The best thing about Father’s Day is the excuse to spoil dad, and what better way to splurge on the father figure in your life than with an ultra premium bottle of his favorite spirit? Or perhaps use it as a time to introduce him to something new.
From the rarest cognac to reserve gin, the following labels are ultra premium offerings that are perfect for slow sipping on dad’s annual Sunday, before joining the bar cart as a statement reminder that dad should be celebrated every day.
Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition
Woodford Reserve collaborated with French crystal manufacturer, Baccarat, to create an exclusive, luxury expression, from liquid to label. The Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition begins with Woodford Reserve’s small batch Kentucky bourbon, which is then aged in hand-selected XO cognac casks—used for three seasons—to produce a bourbon with complex fruit character balanced by a spicy, creamy finish. The final 90.4 proof product is transferred to a custom Baccarat decanter that replicates the original Woodford Reserve bottle silhouette, complete with a crystal stopper. SRP $2000, reservebar.com
NOLET’s Reserve Dry Gin
It takes an acquired palate to appreciate the nuances of a quality sipping gin, which is exactly what NOLET’s presents with this limited edition Reserve Gin. Spices and botanicals create layers of flavor, including specific notes of saffron and verbena that maintain each sip’s distinct freshness. Every year, bottles are allocated per production then hand-numbered, further adding to the personalization of the spirit, which was created by Carlous Nolet, Sr, 10th generation distillery owner of NOLET’s, and is still taste-tested by the patriarch prior to each batch’s bottling. SRP $699.99, drizly.com
Clase Azul Tequila Añejo
In the Clase Azul family, this expression is nicknamed as “The Exquisite Tale of Agave,” emphasizing the significance of the blue weber agave plants in the production of tequila, and the patience that producers and consumers need to practice in order to enjoy the fruits of this monocot. Its nickname also symbolizes the journey of the intense añejo tequila within the minimalist decanter, the result of resting 25 months in American whiskey casks. SRP $549, drizly.com
Grand Marnier Grand Cuvée Quintessence
Crafted from the oldest cognac reserves (hors d’âge) in the Grand Marnier private family cellar, this limited edition release is the French Maison’s rarest and most premium cognac offering to date. The cognac is combined with Bigardia orange essence to add a zest that elevates the profile of the collection to reach a “masterpiece” status worthy of a custom Baccarat decanter that draws attention in any room. SRP $3500, reservebar.com
The GlenDronach Cask Bottling
As part of the 19th batch in The GlenDronach’s acclaimed Cask Bottling Collection, three casks that were rested between 1992 and 1994 are available stateside, to be purchased as an individual offering, or to really spoil pops, as a trio. The 1992 Cask 217 from Oloroso Sherry Butt cask offers leather and raisin on the nose with muscovado sugar and cherry on the palate (SRP $820). The 1992 Cask 6052 from Pedro Ximénez Puncheon (SRP $720) cask is ripe with plum and dark chocolate on the nose; mandarin and red currant on the palate. Lastly, the 1994 Cask 5080 from Oloroso Puncheon (SRP $600) cask balances orange and honey aromas with cocoa dusted cranberries and candied walnut on the palate.
Patrón en Lalique: Serie 2
Presented in a stunning, vase-like decanter, the limited edition Patrón en Lalique: Serie 2 impresses before it’s even poured. The golden liquid maintains quality expectations on the palate, having been aged for eight years in a combination of American oak, French oak and sherry barrels to present a rounded mouthful of honeyed fruits and sweet agave with a robust finish that prolongs every sip. SRP $7500, reservebar.com
Ron del Barrilito 5 Stars
This Puerto Rican rum brand is renowned for their small batch production and attention to detail, so it goes without saying that their 5 Stars release embodies its name. Aged up to 35 years, Ron del Barrilito 5 Stars rum transforms the brand’s signature flavor–imparted by the infusion of natural dried fruits and spices–into a silky, caramelized spirit that’s best enjoyed neat. If a bottle of this speciality rum isn’t enough, surprise dad with a trip to the hacienda to turn a singular gift into the trip of a lifetime. SRP $900, reservebar.com
Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997
Bursting with an unexpected dark cherry sweetness, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997 is truly a decadent surprise for dad. Originally aged in Château Montrose red wine casks—from Saint-Estèphe in Bordeaux—for 13 years, then blended with whisky aged in bourbon casks, oloroso sherry casks and “secret casks,” the finished product is described by the Distillery as “never attempted before or since,” ensuring a one-of-a-kind treat. SRP $925, reservebar.com
Dos Hombres Tobala Mezcal
Produced from the Tobala variety of agave that grows for nearly 30 years, Dos Hombres Tobala Mezcal is a little smoky, with a hint of sweet that’s infused by the soils where the Tobala agaves grow (perfumed by the regional Copal tree). Since each bottle relies on the long-awaited growth of the Tobala, considered a sacred plant, and is hand harvested, this is a hot-ticket item that dad will certainly want to savor over time. SRP $349, reservebar.com