If you only ever read one of my articles then please make it this one.

Every year, just before my Fathers birthday I love to go whisky shopping.

It’s nice to try and choose a bottle that, not only might we both like, but we can taste, discuss, appreciate and enjoy together.  

It’s a nice feeling to know that I seem to have inherited my fathers passion for whisky, even though it didn’t arrive till later in life.

September 4th would have been my fathers birthday had he not lost his fight with cancer in 2011. There is not a day goes by that I do not miss him greatly.   I like to open his birthday bottle, pour myself a large dram and think of him. 

This is not meant to be a tearful story, it’s not meant to be upsetting. It’s just meant to get everyone to raise a glass to their fathers and to appreciate everything they have done and continue to do for us.
To Dad.


  1. Geer Akkers · ·

    I know exactly what you mean Andy. Buy a nice botlle, and at the 4e of september take a wee dram so that he will know that you´re is his heart forever, Sláinte both!

  2. Paul Whelan · ·

    What a fantastic story! I see my dad once or twice a year and we do the same thing. I often wait to open special bottles I purchase until we are together to enjoy them. Throughout the rest of the year, I enjoy sending him samples so we can discuss them over the phone or thru email. Cheers to you and all the special moments you shared with your father. I know I will now being thinking of both of you on September 4th – you with your large dram and your father enjoying the angel’s share!

  3. I’m lucky to still have my dad around but your post has made me realise that I take him for granted to much. I think we are over due a dram together..
    To dad’s everywhere sláinte

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