October 2019

Rhum Clément VSOP 80, $40

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Rhum Clément VSOP 80

  • Gold medal winner, Beverage Testing Institute
  • Founded by Homère Clément (mayor of Le François, Martinique)
  • Hints of chocolate, fig, ripe plum, amaretto, and red wine
  • Add your favorite crushed fresh fruit

Buy Rhum Clément VSOP 80, $40, at VintageGrape.net

Buy Williams-Sonoma Classic Highball Glasses,
Set of 4, perfect for summer cocktails, $44, at Williams-Sonoma.com

Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, $130

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Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year

  • Rated number 1 bourbon in the world by the World’s Spirits Championships
  • 4th generation bourbon distillers
  • Made with corn, wheat, and barley
  • Wheat gives softer, smoother taste
  • Aged minimum of 10 years
  • For the never-impressed-by-anything

Buy Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, $130, at WineDelight.com

Buy Riedel Vivant Bourbon Glasses, set of 4, ideal for sophisticated liquors, $39.99, at Target.com

U’Luvka Vodka Signature, $55

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U’Luvka Vodka Signature

  • Has won dozens of gold medals and awards
  • Inspired by the 17th century Polish Royal Court (some say vodka saved the life of King Sigismund III)
  • Distilled 3 times from wheat, rye, and barley
  • Flavors of spice, citrus, aniseed, and butter
  • For the discerning drinker who likes the taste of vodka

Buy U’Luvka Vodka Signature, $55, at DrinkUpNY.com

Buy Marquis by Waterford Vintage Oversized Martini Pair Glasses, perfect for drinking it straight, $29, at Macys.com

The Best Under-the-Radar Liquor Picks

By Lindsay Leff


Stock his bar for Father’s Day by giving our top under-the-radar spirits picks as Father’s Day gifts. From the best vodka distilled in Poland to the number one Belgian beer brewed in Michigan, there’s a bottle for every mixologist to make the best hard liquor drinks around.

Best Vodka:
For the discerning drinker who likes the taste of vodka. Has won dozens of gold medals and awards.
Buy U’Luvka Vodka Signature, $55, at DrinkUpNY.com

Best Gin: For the traditionalist, a classic gin. Best mixer—a splash of your favorite liqueur.
Buy Distillery No. 209 Gin, $37, at Deandeluca.com

Best Rum: Gold medal winner, Beverage Testing Institute. Add your favorite crushed fresh fruit.
Buy Rhum Clément VSOP 80, $40, at VintageGrape.net

Best Tequila: For those who like to drink it straight. Triple distillation for a cleaner taste. Buy Inocente Tequila Plata, $50, at ColumbusWines.com

Best Bourbon: For the never-impressed-by-anything. Rated number 1 bourbon in the world by the World’s Spirits Championships. Buy Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, $130, at WineDelight.com

Best Scotch: Great over ice with a dash of lemon. Single-malt whiskey. Buy Auchentoshan Scotch Single Malt 18 Year, $110, at GrandWineCellar.com

Best Beer: For the adventurous ale drinker. 2004 and 2005 Great American Beer Festival winner. Buy Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza Ale, $14.16, at InternetWines.com

Read Up Before You Drink Up:

Buy The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto,
$11.53, at Amazon.com

This witty manifesto lays open how and why we drink.

Buy The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails, $23.10, at Amazon.com

As visually tasty as the cocktails themselves.

Buy How’s Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well, $11.20, at Amazon.com

Wall Street Journal columnist Eric Felton’s engaging exploration of cocktail culture and history.

The best websites for liquor purchasing and tips:

  1. ArtofDrink.com • From chemist to mixologist, born-again bartender Darcy O’Neil posts unique cocktail recipes.
  2. MasterofMalt.com • Bonkers about whiskey as well as other under-the-radar spirits. They’ll send free samples, so you can try before you buy.
  3. ForScotchLovers.com • An online community for all things scotch, including reviews, the Whiskey Explorers Club, and a store.
  4. Vinquire.com • The ultimate wine-and-spirits search engine for everything from common red table wine to hard-to-find bourbon.

Distillery No. 209 Gin, $37

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Distillery No. 209 Gin

  • Created in 1882
  • Distilled 5 times in San Francisco
  • Hints of juniper berry, bergamot orange, cardamom, lemon peel, and cassia bark
  • For the traditionalist, a classic gin
  • Best mixer—a splash of your favorite liqueur

Buy Distillery No. 209 Gin, $37, at Deandeluca.com

Buy Lenox Glassware Tuscany Highball Glasses, set of 4, just right for mixed drinks, $39.99, at Macys.com

Auchentoshan Scotch Single Malt 18 Year, $110

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Auchentoshan Scotch Single Malt 18 Year

  • Single-malt whiskey
  • Triple distillation for a more delicate flavor
  • Hints of citrus, green tea, toasted almonds
  • 1 of the 3 remaining distilleries in the Scottish Lowlands
  • Great over ice with a dash of lemon

Buy Auchentoshan Scotch Single Malt 18 Year, $110, at GrandWineCellar.com

Buy Calvin Klein Gable Double Old-Fashioned Glasses, set of 4, perfect for lowballs, $80, at Macys.com

Inocente Tequila Plata, $50

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  • Made from blue agave
  • Floral flavors with hints of raspberry and vanilla
  • Triple distillation for a cleaner taste
  • For those who like to drink it straight

Buy Inocente Tequila Plata, $50, at ColumbusWines.com

Buy Bormioli Rocco Party Margarita Stemware, set of 4, fill it with something frozen, $34.50, at Amazon.com

Catherine M. Zadeh Cuff Links, $110 and $130

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Catherine M. Zadeh Cuff Links

Price: Buffalo horn (ebony), $110.00; Barrel shaped (silver), $130.00

Featured at Barney’s, these stylish cufflinks are both made of sterling and one designed with ebony horn. Ms. Zadeh’s pieces are a favorite among celebrities, and the two styles featured are now available at a very special price.

Purchase Catherine M. Zadeh Cuff Links


adidas Golf ClimaCool 3-Stripes Mesh Polo, $65

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adidas Golf ClimaCool 3-Stripes Mesh Polo

Price: $65.00

Take advantage of this early opportunity to purchase the polo Sergio Garcia will debut (in black) on Sunday of the 2009 US Open. The special fabric aids with high breathability, quick moisture evaporation, and easy elimination of roll and curl. Three color choices are available: black, white, and diaz.

Purchase adidas Golf ClimaCool 3-Stripes Mesh Polo

Hidden Message Collar Stays, $39.95

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Hidden Message Collar Stays

Price: 12 stays for $39.95

For the businessman, these hidden message collar stays keep collars perfectly in place. Made of stainless steel, each one contains a sweet, romantic message such as “You Make Me Laugh” or “You Smell Irresistible.” A subtle yet intimate gift for Father’s Day and an AskMelissa favorite.

Purchase Hidden Message Collar Stays

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