Are you starting to think about the perfect Father’s Day gift for your dad? Is he partial to a G&T? A nice bottle of Scottish Gin would make a fantastic gift, but with such a huge selection available, how can you choose one he’ll love?
If you don’t know your dad’s personal taste in gin or are keen to help him experiment and try something new, why not take a look at our gin-tasting article, which gives you ideas for gin-tasting gifts as well as tips for holding your own gin tastings.
Perhaps your dad has some specific interests or hobbies. We’ve had a scour around the Scottish Gin market to bring you a selection of gins that might appeal to dad, whatever he’s into. Of course, this is just a small taste of what’s available, so do check out our A-Z of Scottish Gins to see the full picture!
Yes, believe it or not, there are a number of excellent Scottish Gins available that will delight lovers of a good malt. These cask aged gins are a kind of whisky/gin hybrid, with the botanical flavours of gin, but the amber hues and traditional woody notes of a whisky, developed by ageing in specific whisky casks. They’re great for sipping neat, or in a cocktail.
The team behind Pickering’s Gin offer 3 special edition cask-aged gins, to suit the tastes of almost every whisky-lover. Choose from Highlands, Islands or Islay for a different finish. Buy them here for £25 each.
Does the old man prefer a bourbon? You can buy a unique infusion of the signature Kintyre Gin with the subtle caramel and vanilla notes of classic American bourbon. Available here for £40.
The Oak Gin from Eden Mill is actually aged in the distillery’s oak beer barrels but delivers a smooth, warm rich oak finish that has notes of sweetness and spice. You can even buy it in a beautiful gift set here for £40.
The team at Glasgow Distillery know something about whisky production. The multi award-winning Makar Oak aged is tailor-made virgin oak wood casks over 10 weeks. It has incredible colour, flavour and a unique smoothness derived from the maturation process. Get a bottle here for £35.
Another multi award-winning option is Firkin Original. Created using a London Dry style gin, rested in oak whisky casks for several weeks which gives it an alluring golden hue, infused with delicate notes of toffee, caramel, vanilla and sweet oak. Buy it here for £42.50.
Fairly new to the market is this release from Wild island Gin – Underwood is aged for 14 months in an American Oak hogshead which previously held whisky, giving this exceptional new aged gin a whole new array of natural flavours – very pale straw in colour and rich orange liqueur-like in character, with hints of spice. Buy yours here for £24.95.
This limited edition cask-aged Scottish Gin from Avva takes their core gin, matured for 6 months in a first fill Bourbon Cask from Kentucky and bottled at a strength of 55% ABV. You can now buy one of the remaining bottles from cask 3 here for £50.
Yes, you read it right. There’s a wonderful gin that is sure to delight many wine-lovers. Garden Shed Drinks Co. have produced a limited edition Côte-Rôtie Aged Gin – which has been aged in an old wine barrique to naturally absorb some of the fruity attributes of the full-bodied Côte-Rôtie wine for a delightfully smooth aged gin. Only 600 bottles were produced and you can buy yours here for £49
Is your dad more of the sporty type than a spirits connoisseur? Whether he’s a keen player of his chosen sport or just follows it from the sofa or terraces, there is a great range of Scottish Gins that celebrate some of the top sports:
The team at Eden Mill clearly love sport, bringing you gins inspired by golf, football and rugby. Their Scottish Rugby Gin was created with a helping hand from Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray and Fraser Brown and has become a firm favourite amongst Scottish gin drinkers. You can get a special gift set here for £35. On their online shop, you can also buy special edition Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby Gins.
If Dad is a football fan, Eden Mill has also collaborated with Hibernian legends, past and present to create their Generation Hibs Gin (£40 for gift set) and, in celebration of Celtic FC’s winning three back-to-back domestic trebles, they launched the Treble Treble Gin Gift set (£45). Either of these would make brilliant gifts if your dad supports Hibs or Celtic (tip: not so good if they don’t).
Yes, it’s Eden Mill again – their Golf Gin is part of their core range and is inspired by Scottish Golf courses and in homage to the spirit of golf in St. Andrews. Dressed in a green jacket, the botanicals have been sourced from golf courses around Scotland, to give the spirit a true flavour of the great sport. You can buy Golf Gin (£30) plus some other golf merchandise on the Eden Mill website.
Gardening & Outdoors
Is your Dad most often found out of the house, either pottering in the garden or hiking or biking up mountain trails? Well, we have a selection of great Scottish Gins to suit them too!
It’s a well-known fact that Dads love a garden shed. So treat your old man to a bottle of Garden Shed Gin – originally conceived in a Glasgow garden, this gin doesn’t only taste clean and refreshing, but it gives back to nature by supporting charities like The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Trees 4 Scotland. If you think your Dad would appreciate this, you can buy him a bottle here for £39.50.
A range of natural, colour changing gins from The Secret Herb Garden sure to delight any keen horticulturalists. Choose from Lavender & Echinacea, Apocathery Rose or Chamomile and Cornflower (all £35.95) and bring a little magic to the table on Father’s Day. And if your Dad is passionate about gardening, we highly recommend their Gin Garden and Distillery Tours – find out how to book here.
If Dad is more of an adventurous soul, he’d probably love a bottle of Granite North, a smooth, flavoursome Scottish Gin, developed for the modern adventurer and inspired by the rugged peaks and ancient forests of Scotland. Available here for £39.50.
Situated at the foot of The Pentland Hills sits ‘The Pentland Still’, where Pentland-foraged botanicals go to create a Scottish Gin to embody these enchanting hills. The spirit of the Pentlands in a bottle and a perfect gift for any hill-walker or fell-runner. Pick up a bottle for £38.99 here.
We hope this gives you some inspiration on new gins to give to your Dad this Father’s Day. As we say, this list is just a taste of what’s out there and we’re sure there is a great Scottish Gin to suit any taste or interest. Take a look at our A-Z for more ideas and a Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there from the team at The Scottish Gin Society.
Please enjoy Scottish Gin responsibly