Father’s Day is around the corner.  This year, get dad the exact bottle of liquor he wants and deserves — a gift that will put a smile on his face long after it’s gone.  Caskers co-founder, Steve Abt, shares his top picks to win you favorite child status and quite possibly a place at the carving table this Thanksgiving (i.e., the ultimate nod of approval).

IF YOUR FATHER IS AN EXPLORER

Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky

Steve says, “Has your dad traveled around the world and then some?  I’m jealous, and he is going to love this single malt.  Amrut Fusion is a marriage of whiskies made from peated Scottish barley and unpeated Indian barley making it an incredibly complex whisky.  And you can’t go wrong a single malt that scored an incredible 97 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, which named it the third best whisky in the world.”

Tasting Notes:  Complex and chewy, it has a nose of milk chocolate, oak and almonds.  Light on the palate, with notes of coconut and fruit.  A medium long finish with hints of vanilla and peat.

Awards & Accolades:

Whisky Bible:  97 Points

IF YOUR FATHER LOVES WINNING

Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Steve says, “If losing is not in your father’s vocabulary, then this is the bourbon for him.  Having won “Whiskey of the Year” five times over and scoring 97 points from Wine Enthusiast, this single barrel isn’t familiar with losing either.  Aged for nearly 10 years under the intense Kentucky sun, this bourbon has an aroma of spicy oak, cinnamon and clove that leads into notes of caramel, pecan, and roasted nuts.”

Tasting Notes:  Aroma of spicy oak, cinnamon and clove that gives way to notes of caramel, pecan and roasted nuts on the palate.  Initial flavors lead to touches of creamy vanilla and honeyed oak, and finish with a hint of cinnamon spice.

Awards & Accolades:

Wine Enthusiast:  97 Points

5x Time “Whiskey of the Year” Winner

IF YOUR FATHER IS A WHISKY CONNOISSEUR

Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Steve says, “First, that’s awesome and you should bask in his knowledge.  Second, buy him this bottle of Scotch.  The Glenmorangie Signet is aged up to 40 years, has full-bodied notes of coffee, almonds, cinnamon and orange and earned the Best Single Malt Scotch Trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2013.”

Tasting Notes:  Aroma of mocha, milk chocolate and tiramisu.  Chewy, full-bodied notes of coffee, almonds, biscotti, ginger, cinnamon and orange on the palate.  Finish ends with waves of creamy vanilla.

Awards & Accolades:

San Francisco World Spirits Competition:  2009, 2010 & 2011 Double Gold Medals

International Wine and Spirits Competition:  2013 Best Single Malt Scotch Trophy

Wine Enthusiast:  95 Points

IF YOUR FATHER IS STEALING FROM THE COOKIE JAR

Barr Hill Gin

Steve says, “For the father with the sweet tooth, Barr Hill Gin is the way to go.  Made using raw, organic Vermont honey, this gin is a celebration of one farmer’s special connection to his land and earned the Double Gold Medal at the 2012 New York International Spirits Competition.”

Tasting Notes:  Round and viscous on the palate with notes of juniper and honey lingering on the finish.

Awards & Accolades:

New York International Spirits Competition:  2012 Double Gold Medal

IF YOUR FATHER IS A PIRATE (OR WISHES HE WAS)

Kirk and Sweeney Rum

Steve says, “One, get him this rum.  Two, don’t tell him where you got this rum.  Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Kirk and Sweeney earned its name from a wooden schooner best known for smuggling rum from the Caribbean to the United States during Prohibition.  While today’s imports are legal, they are no less desirable.  This 12 year old spirit is aged in oak casks and scored 95 points from Wine Enthusiast[, which also named it a Best Buy].”

Tasting Notes:  Aroma of earthy sugar cane and vanilla.  The initial flavors of sweet nectar and honey give way to notes of oak and toffee.  The finish, which is bold and ripe, ends with a smooth vanilla kick.

Awards & Accolades:

Wine Enthusiast:

95 points

Top 50 Spirits of 2013

Liqour.com:

One of the Best New Rums of 2013

IF YOUR FATHER IS INTENSE

Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Steve says, “Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky is known as one of the most intense, smoky single malt whiskies ever made.  Powerful aromas of peaty smoke, wood spices and Earl Gray tea are signature to this Scotch, which comes from one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Aged for a minimum of 16 years, this whisky was named the “Best Single Malt Whisky” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.”

Tasting Notes:  Intense aroma of peaty smoke, wood spices and Earl Gray tea.  Notes of peat, rich smoke and salty tang, which are balanced by subtle hints of vanilla and honeyed oak.  Finish is incredible and intense, with complex notes of sweet caramel and fruits belying bolder notes of peat and smoke.

Awards & Accolades:

San Francisco World Spirits Competition:

6 Double Gold Medals

2013 “Best Single Malt Whisky (13 – 19 Years)”

IF YOUR FATHER IS ALL ABOUT PRESENTATION

Spherical Ice Molds

Steve says, “If your pops loves style, class and just a touch of elegance then these spherical ice molds need to be in his spirit repertoire.  Not only are they are awesome to look at, but they keep drinks colder, longer.  This mold creates the perfect sphere of ice with less surface area than traditional ice cubes, allowing it to melt more slowly while still cooling drinks.”

The full Father’s Day guide is available here.

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Design Credit:  @jerrickh

The Kentucky Derby, often times referred to as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Run for the Roses” draws over 150,000 visitors each year.  The 1.25 mile race marks its 140th anniversary this year and takes place on May 2nd.  Many traditions have been associated with the race, including the Garland of Roses and the Twin Spires, but quite possibly the most famous tradition is the classic mint julep cocktail that is served at the track and in bars & homes across the U.S.

The origins of the Mint Julep – a cocktail traditionally crafted from mint, bourbon, sugar and water – date back to the southern colonies just prior to the American Revolutionary War. Originally, the cocktail was prescribed as a panacea to “sickness in the stomach,” “frequent retching” and “difficulty swallowing.”

Eventually, Kentucky Senator Henry Clay introduced the drink at the Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Since then, the cocktail has been synonymous with the state that Senator Clay represented. The mint julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938.

We love our members as much as we love our whiskey, so to make this simple, yet refreshing bourbon cocktail even more fun, we had Caskers Member and cocktail enthusiast, Jerrick, design the “Perfect Mint Julep” recipe & recipe card above to complement our traditional mint julep recipe below.  This Brooklyn artist assures us he will be sipping on his mint julep during the race and long into the spring after.

Pick up your favorite bourbon whiskey from our shop, our new mint julep cups, and settle in for the race.  And while the race might be two minutes long, you’ll be drinking this cocktail long after.

The Perfect Mint Julep by @jerrickh

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup.  Add your choice of bourbon, to a mint julep cup filled with ice.  Stir well, garnish with a sprig of mint.  Sip & enjoy!

Looking for the traditional mint julep recipe with sugar?  We’ve got you covered as well.

The Traditional Mint Julep

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
  • 4 Fresh Mint Sprigs
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Water
  • 1 Cup Crushed Ice

Directions:

  • After lightly muddling two mint sprigs in the julep cup, add bourbon, sugar and water. Stir the contents and then add crushed ice. Finally, garnish with additional mint sprigs.  Sip & enjoy!

 

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The Official Sazerac Cocktail Recipe

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In 1838, a Creole immigrant named Antoine Peychaud opened the doors to a pharmacy on Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While Peychaud was an apothecary by trade, he was also a natural mixologist. He would often invite friends over to his pharmacy after it had closed and mix drinks for them, including a drink he crafted from brandy, absinthe and a proprietary blend of bitters.

Peychaud’s cocktail became wildly popular throughout New Orleans. In 1850, Sewell Taylor – owner of the Sazerac Coffee House located on Exchange Alley – institutionalized the cocktail by using only Sazerac de Forge et Fils Brandy, a brandy which Taylor imported and sold exclusively. By 1869, Thomas H. Handy had purchased the Sazerac Coffee House from Taylor and by the turn of the century, a phylloxera epidemic forced coffee houses (at the time, the term “coffee house” was used to refer to a cocktail bar) to use rye whiskey rather than brandy in the making of the Sazerac.

The Sazerac is known as the oldest American cocktail ever made.  Today, you can make a genuine Sazerac cocktail with the recipe below!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Place the sugar cube together with the bitters in an old fashioned glass and crush the sugar cube
  • Add 1.5 ounces Sazerac Rye Whiskey to glass
  • In a second Old Fashioned Glass, add absinthe and coat glass
  • Empty absinthe from glass and add sugar, Sazerac and bitters mixture
  • Garnish with lemon peel

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