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Father’s Day Gifts for Dads

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Spirited Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

If you think Pop cherished the paperweight you got him for Father’s Day last year, just wait till his eyes light up when you set a bottle of Herredura Anjeo and a shot glasses on the table and silently pour out two fingers. Nearly every dad who drinks would prefer a tasty snifter to a new necktie on the third Sunday of June, making it one of the easiest holidays of the year to shop for. Thus far no two fathers are the same when it comes to spirit preferences. Your elbow-patched head may be happiest with a sophisticated Scotch he can show off to his sports buddies. Adventure-seeking fathers straight from their latest 5K might dig some innovative Rum from a small-batch. And DIY dads who dream of building man caves and grilling the perfect New York Steak   might enjoy mixing it up with a versatile Gin and a book of classic cocktail recipes to try out. After all the point is, Father’s Day is all about making your Papa feel extraordinary, so we’ve taste and recommend  our way through a selection of new and noteworthy spirits in a variety of categories and distilled them into a manageable collection of delicious bottles.  One of them is sure to be right for your old man. If you’re not lucky, to deliver it yourself-our website is ready for to do that for you: http://www.melandrose.com Whiskey HaigClub_family We might think of whiskey as a liquor steeped in history, but this corner of the booze world has plenty of new ideas to offer when it comes to gift worthy bottles. If you have deep pockets, you may want to explore the best of Islay, but if Dad finds those peaty, smoky single malts a little too  for his taste, consider Haig Club an easy-to-embrace single grain whiskey made at Cameronbridge distillery in Fife using a mash bill of 90% wheat and 10% barley. It’s a lighter spirit, each sip a playful mix of apples, pears, and tropical fruit, with a dusting of cinnamon and white pepper flavors, and a kiss of caramel. A celebrity endorsement by David Beckham makes no difference to Dad, of course, but the handsome, blue glass bottle might remind him of the Aqua Velva you didn’t give him this year, and that’s a good thing.

Tequila

298_298_herradura-the-best-tequilas-in-the-world Herredura has continuously produced tequila since 1870, and the roughly 25 million agaves it maintains are propagated from the original plants of that era. More than any other huge-scale producer, Herradura has found a way, though, to maintain quality while scaling up. (Way, way up – its fermentation tanks hold more than a million gallons.) Rather than rely on commercial yeasts to hasten fermentation, the company uses only naturally occurring airborne yeasts and lets the juice ferment for up to a week. The hacienda has a knack for aging: Herradura introduced the reposado category in 1974, and it remains one of the best examples of the style, with classic vanilla and butterscotch elements that come from a long (for reposado) 11 months in American oak. Its blanco spends 45 days in oak, giving it a bit of color and smoothness, though without overpowering the base agave flavor.

Gin

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In a world filled with a myriad of mediocre, mundane and wholly unremarkable things, Hendrick’s exists as a shining beacon of unusualness. As many have been known to say, no other gin tastes like HENDRICK’S because no other gin is made like HENDRICK’S. Our unusual distillation process combined with our oddly delicious set of infusions of rose petal and cucumber yield a one-of-a-kind gin that is passionately loved by a tiny, yet growing, handful of individuals all over the world. Hand made in tiny batches, our tender approach is what makes Hendrick’s so divine. As many a gin drinker has been known to say, no other gin taste likes Hendrick’s because no other gin is made like Hendrick’s. HENDRICK’S is clean and dry, yet the marvelous complexity of the botanicals comes through in the taste. Take note of the citrus and juniper with a subtle, lingering finish of cool and refreshing cucumber and rose.

Introducing Duke Bourbon: For the cowboy in your life…

In the world of whiskey, scotch has always been dominant.  Elegant, complex, refined.  Scotch is the drink of royalty, sitting on a throne as servants tend to their every whim.

Prince Charles drinks scotch.

Bourbon, on the other hand, has no such reputation.  It is drunk in dive bars by ruffians playing pool.  It is the representative “rail” whiskey the world over.  It is knocked back in shots, spurring grimaced faces to hiss through their teeth as they swallow it down.

John Wayne drinks bourbon.

Scotch has no place on a dusty trail stamped flat by horses’ hooves.  Only bourbon is as rugged, straightforward, and unassuming as the man who was known as The Duke.

Now, The Duke finally has a bourbon to call his own.  Ethan Wayne, John Wayne’s son, has brought about a bourbon based on his father’s private collection.  Well spiced, yet tempered by sweet vanilla, Duke Bourbon is what John Wayne would have been proud to drink.

Scotch may be the drink of princes, bur bourbon is the drink of Dukes.  After all, :”a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.” duke-bourbon-beauty-shot-portrait-web

Why Rye Whiskey has become our best seller?

Bourbon and Scotch may be best-sellers, but why do so many whiskey connoisseurs  increasingly asking for rye whiskey?

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Up until last year, this iconic American spirit was fading into obscurity. We usually stocked just a few old, dusty bottles. Popular ones such a Jack Daniels were being poured with coke, but there has been a extraordinary resurgence of the rye whiskey category, and drinkers now prize its big, spicy, and impetuous flavors. Our suppliers are now struggling to keep up with demand.

Rye has a lot in common with that other American whiskey, bourbon, and the two spirits are usually produced in the same Kentucky distilleries using similar methods. Both are typically made from corn and rye, but the ratio of ingredients is very different. Rye whiskey is made from at least 51%—you guessed it—rye, while bourbon is made from at least 51% corn. The higher percentage of corn makes bourbon sweeter and smoother. (You can easily taste the difference if you make one Manhattan with bourbon and another with rye.) Both spirits are also aged in new, charred, American-oak barrels.

To make things a bit more complicated, Canadian whisky is sometimes also called rye. The distillers to our north use the same grains, but the finished product is usually a smooth blend instead of a straight whiskey.

 Here’s a shot of spelling with your glass of rye. Whisky from Scotland, Canada and Japan is spelled without an “e.” Whiskey from Ireland and the United States is usually spelled with an “e.”

HOW TO DRINK RYE WHISKEY:

You can’t make a proper Old Fashioned, Sazerac or Manhattan without rye. The spirit also can be paired with club soda or ginger ale, or drunk straight, neat or on the rocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotch, Bourbon & Whiskey Bottle Engraving

Mel and Rose is now offering a combined services of custom glass bottle engraving and a huge selection of whisky, single malt scotch, bourbon including a personalized, etched bottle for a whiskey enthusiast makes the perfect gift for the holidays, a birthday, or a thank-you present, and is a memorable gift that your gift recipient will keep for years to come. Imagine your custom message artfully engraved on a beautiful bottle of scotch or bourbon!

Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Engraved bottle

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Engraved bottle

An etched whiskey bottle with a personalized message makes a memorable gift for family, friends, clients, and for almost any occasion, including Father’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, Congratulations, Thank-You Presents, and more! This engraving on a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey has a filled font style with added silver color.

Glenlivet Single Malt 15 years Engraved bottle

Glenlivet Single Malt 15 years Engraved bottle


A “Happy Birthday” message engraving on a bottle of GlenliveMELANDROSE BottlesScotchStoret Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This engraving is an example of the added silver color option.

This is just a portion of our large selection of whiskies that you can choose from! We also carry gin, vodka, cordials, glasses, and barware that can be engraved. For a full item inventory, visit
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