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11 Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Guy Who Loves Whiskey

Forget about the ties, the golf accessories, or the apron that overpraises his grilling skills. Instead, give Dad something he'll actually enjoy -- whiskey. Choose from one of these American small batch distilleries.

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77 Whiskey of Brooklyn, NY

77 Whiskey

Distilled from 100% wheat and aged in new American oak, this isn't your average whiskey. It has a superb balance with a gentle, smooth base, and intense oak flavors.

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Blade & Bow of Louisville, Kentucky

Blade & Bow

This straight bourbon whiskey with notes of dried apricot, ripe pear, charred oak, and warmwinter spices was awarded gold at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and uses a labor-intensive solera aging process that blends whiskeys from different ages, including some of the last remaining bourbon by the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery.

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Buffalo Trace of Frankfort, Kentucky

Buffalo Trace

Located on the banks of the Kentucky River where ancient buffalo carved paths through thewilderness, Buffalo Trace has been making whiskey the same way for over 200 years. Their deep amber whiskey has complex notes of brown sugar, toffee, oak, dark fruit and anise for along and smooth finish.

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Eagle Rare of Frankfort, Kentucky

Eagle Rare

Carefully aged for no less than 10 years, this wonderfully crafted whiskey prides is aged in barrels carefully selected for its flavor and distinct personality. The result is a bold, yet delicate taste with notes of candied almonds and very rich cocoa.

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E.H. Taylor, Jr. of Frankfort, Kentucky

E.H. Taylor, Jr. 

Named after a pioneer of the bourbon industry who developed techniques still being used today, this small-batch bourbon whiskey is made by hand and aged in a century-old warehouse. Its distinct character includes notes of butterscotch, licorice, and subtle spices.

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Berkshire Bourbon of Sheffield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Bourbon Whiskey

This handcrafted bourbon whiskey is made in small batches using corn from a local farm. After fermentation and distillation, the resulting spirit is aged in virgin American white oak barrels leaving the bourbon whiskey with bright notes of vanilla, fruit, spicy rye, caramel, and toasted nut.

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Bulleit Rye of Louisville, Kentucky

Bulleit Rye

With a recipe that's been passed down through five family generations, the blend of 2/3 corn to 1/3 rye has been used by the Bulleits since the mid-1800s. The result is a decadent bourbon whiskey with a rich, oaky aroma, notes of vanilla, spice, and pepper.

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Knob Creek Rye of Clermont, Kentucky

Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey

This small batch whiskey distillery strives to create undeniably big and full flavors with a process that restores the long-aged standards of pre-prohibition whiskey production. At 100 proof, the bold taste includes notes of spicy rye with undertones of vanilla and oak.

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Basil Haden of Clermont, Kentucky

Basil Haydens Bourbon Whiskey

This distinct bourbon is the result of a secret family recipe dating back to 1796. It uses twice as much rye as traditional bourbon. The spiciness of the rye blended with the sweet, smoothness of corn helps give this bourbon its unique notes of pepper with citrus overtones and a spicy, warm finish.

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Four Roses of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

As the name implies, this multiple award-winning, small batch bourbon blends four distinct original recipes together to create a perfectly balanced symphony of flavors. The 90-proof bourbon whiskey has notes of sweet oak, caramel, fruit and spice with a smooth, pleasant finish.

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Van Brunt Stillhouse of Brooklyn, New York

Van Brunt Stillhouse

Combining classic styles with bold, innovative flavors, Van Brunt Stillhouse sources wheat, corn, and rye directly from upstate New York farmers before making every spirit from scratch in their waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Their bourbon whiskey contains 65% organic corn and delivers terrific hints of spice, pecans, and maple syrup.