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This Sunday is Father’s Day, and what your father needs is something to take away the cares and tribulations of life, especially as many of them were undoubtedly caused by you. Long and peaceful sleep is probably the ideal panacea, but since giving one’s dad a wastepaper basket full of sleeping pills is frowned upon by pretty much every authority you’d care to name, and might well make Dad himself regard you with a wary eye.
Why not a stiff drink instead? Different dads have different tastes, but here are a few liquid ideas.
Regardless, the Scotch itself is very impressive, as it ought to be for $199. If Dad doesn’t deserve quite that much outlay, Highland Park’s lightly honeyed 12-year-old bottling is a classic, and comes in under $40 most places.
Of course, if your father scoffs at the idea of diluting his tequila with coffee and chocolate, you could certainly give him a bottle of Patrón Silver ($43) instead.
On the other hand, if he’s the sort who’s always inadvertently flinging wine on himself (or others) at dinner, a 10-ounce bottle of Wine Away - a citrus-based stain remover that does, in fact, effectively eradicate wine stains, just as it claims - ought to do the trick ($14 for 12 ounces). Or just say the heck with it and buy him some collectible wine. A case of the 2009 Domaine de La Romanée-Conti La Tâche will run you a hefty $25,000 or so, but are you going to be the one to tell Dad he isn’t worth it?
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