The Classic Drinks To Get Your Dad This Father’s Day

See our classic choices ahead of Father's Day and WIN big!


Kirsten Curtis, Nadim Nyker |

There’s nothing better than bonding with dad over a few drinks; be it while watching your favourite sports team, around the braai, in front of a roaring fire, or after dinner while having a night cap. Sure wine or beers have their place, but classics liquors are there to be savoured. Neat, on the rocks, or with a mixer, here are our go-tos for what to get (and enjoy with) Dad this Father’s Day.

Blended Scotch Whisky

Did you know nosing and savouring whisky is essential because your palette can pick up just four or five flavours, whereas your nose can pick up hundreds? And that’s why we love a great blended whisky, which add a host of flavours to your whisky drinking experience.

Johnnie Walker

Talk about quality and exquisite whiskies anywhere and you are guaranteed that the Johnnie Walker Striding Man range of whiskies are top of the conversation. With its world class and iconic whiskies, Johnnie Walker is the most classical and familiar whisky in the world. From the JW Aged 18 years to the Gold Reserve to the Black label, each have different tastes which are linked to the different ingredients used in making the whiskies.

And the best news? We’re giving away two bottles of the JW Aged 18 years worth R1,200 each and one bottle of Black, worth R300. Simply scroll to the bottom of the article and fill in the entry form.

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Chivas Regal

Another all-time great for us is Chivas Regal, the brand is certainly a classic. Chivas is at the heart of any dad get together, and is our go-to whisky beside the braai stand. But its history speaks volumes, too: Chivas was founded by Scottish brothers James and John Chivas in 1801 in an attempt to captivate a world of tastes, smells and exquisite flavours in one drink. Mission accomplished!

From 12 to 25-year-old blends, these drinks are worth every cent this Father’s Day.

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Chivas Regal Collection

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Related: An Experts Guide To Whisky (Plus, How & Why You Should Be Drinking It)

Handcrafted Gin

The juniper berry-flavoured spirit has exploded in South Africa, with a wide variety of styles, flavours and origins to choose from.

Here at MH, we were recently introduced to Brooklyn Gin.  While it originates from outside our shores, (New York in case the name didn’t give it away) this is a craft spirit made with fresh, hand-cut citrus peels and hand-cracked juniper berries. Yes, hand-peeled! Think about that next time you’re peeling the umpteenth carrot for dinner. The gin is fresh, complex, and full of flavour. And it’s good enough to drink on its own. As firm G&T people, that’s quite something for the MH team to lay claim to.

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Brooklyn Handcrafted Small Batch Gin

R 699

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Related: Our Top 6 South African Gin Picks, Plus How To Drink Them

Kentucky Bourbon

By definition, bourbon is distilled from predominantly corn, produced in the United States (mainly Kentucky), and aged in new, charred oak barrels for at least two years. The Buffalo Trace distillery has been producing the finest bourbon whisky for over 200 years and the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is their signature bottle. This deep amber whiskey has a complex aroma of vanilla, mint and molasses. Pleasantly sweet to the taste with notes of brown sugar and spice that give way to oak,  toffee, dark fruit and anise. This whiskey finishes long and smooth with serious depth. Even non-bourbon drinkers will be left wanting more.

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Buffalo Trace Bourbon 750ml

R 269

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The Irish Whiskey

In case you didn’t know, whiskeys made outside Scotland have their own differentiations besides the drink’s spelling. And Irish whiskies are some of the best on the planet. For us, Jameson holds the best bragging rights when it comes to the classics. And as a Father’s Day gift, our go-to is the Jameson Select Reserve.

That’s because it uses the age-old method of charring to intensify the taste. It’s also Jameson’s tribute to their coopers, “who painstakingly give their bourbon barrels an additional charring to reveal their untold richness and complexity.”

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Jameson Select Reserve

R 359

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The Single Malt

If your dad’s old school, chances are he’s a single malt kind of guy. Single malts are for the whisky purists with stronger, heavier notes. But because of this they last longer in your glass and allow more time to savour. Glenfiddich has time and time again proven its worth in the single malt field, in both value for money and taste. Plus it’s matured in oak sherry casks, meaning every sip is sweet with subtle oak flavours.

Remember, they’re best served straight on the rocks.

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Glenfiddich 12 Year

R 399

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You can WIN one of two Johnnie Walker Aged 18 years worth R1,200 each or one bottle of Black, worth R300. Simply fill in the form below to enter:

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