I've written about The Balvenie before, and they make some of my favorite Scotch whisky around. Believe it or not, even though the scotch shelves at your favorite liquor store are clogged with numerous brands, there are only two remaining single-malt scotch manufacturers still owned by the original founding families. The Balvenie is one, and their next-door neighbors at Glenfiddich are the others. Both are still owned by the William Grant family, many generations after Billy Grant first started making Scotch whisky in the 1880s.
At The Balvenie, they still grow their own barley, which they then floor-malt in the distillery. They make their own barrels in house and even have a coppersmith on staff to tend to their stills. Their master distiller David Stewart (can't you just hear him pronouncing that name?) has been working in the distillery for 50 years, so you know there is a consistent dedication to quality thanks to all the in-house processes.
To commemorate Stewart's half a century, The Balvenie has released a 17 Year Old DoubleWood, a truly exceptional whisky that spent most of its life in repose in American oak barrels before being transferred to European oak sherry casks to add some spice to the vanilla that came from the American barrels, which most probably contained Tennessee whiskey.
The result isn't cheap at about $130 per bottle, but it really is a special treat for the man who kept you between the lines during those rebellious teenage years. Isn't Dad worth it? Besides, it's not like I'm suggesting you buy him a bottle of The Fifty.