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Top tipples for Father's Day: wonderful whiskeys that would make a very special gift

Any of these five recently released bottles would make a perfect gift for Father's Day

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Any of these five recently released bottles would make a perfect gift for Father's Day

Any of these five recently released bottles would make a perfect gift for Father's Day

Currach Single Malt Whiskey

Currach Single Malt Whiskey

Teeling Brabazon Series 3, 14 Year Old

Teeling Brabazon Series 3, 14 Year Old

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Grace O'Malley Rum Cask

Grace O'Malley Rum Cask

Matt D'Arcy 10 Year Old

Matt D'Arcy 10 Year Old

Velvet Cap Triple Cask

Velvet Cap Triple Cask

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Any of these five recently released bottles would make a perfect gift for Father's Day

Lockdown has been bad for a lot of things, but the word from off-licences is that whiskey sales have been booming. Maybe it's a comforting drink (sales go up in winter), maybe we feel we have a little bit more time to contemplate its complexity, or perhaps, our new-found love for making cocktails at home has seen the spirit gain even more fans.

Not only are sales up, but there are also an increasing number of interesting Irish whiskeys coming on to the market, and as tomorrow is Father's Day, it is worth considering one as a special present. One of the great things about whiskey is that, unlike wine, you can have a few bottles open, and it doesn't go off. This means you can try a few different ones against each other, which I always find adds to the appeal.

There is much that distinguishes one whiskey from another, from the differences between Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey - which in simple terms generally means that there is a percentage of unmalted barley in Irish whiskey, it is triple distilled, and a pot still is used - to whether the whiskey is made in a single distillery or is blended. Then there is the very complex area of finishing, and that's where whiskey, which starts out as a clear spirit, gets its colour and additional layers of spice and complexity. And of course, its cost.