The Washington Times - June 6, 2009, 05:30PM

Father’s Day looms as does the question of what do you get a man that needs nothing?  What can a daughter, or wife, find for that special man in their lives?

Can you really pick up another trendy shirt, or, gasp, tie or tool?


How about finding something for dad that is steeped in tradition, but that carries a trendy new twist making it very much about today.

My suggestion for this year is forget about what he needs and think about what he wants – simply remember a few of his favorite things…for example good drink, exciting sports action or a day of relaxation…and he won’t be feeling so bad!*

A very fine thing is a good glass of Scotch

At the top of my list, I will be surprising dad with a bottle of something traditional and wholly unexpected  - a bottle of The Glenrothes Scotch.

Whiskeys in general, and the earth friendly scotch whisky’s ** in particular are gaining popularity as a leading drink choice and for very good reason.

The Glenrothes  Special ReserveA good Scotch whisky is complex, with a noticeable nose, or fragrance that is as important to the drink as the taste and flavors ranging from fruits and floral to vanilla and spice to the drinks finish, how it lingers on your tongue, its texture and feel in your mouth.

As is a good bottle of wine, Scotch as a drink is complex, but worth learning to enjoy and savor.

The Glenrothes vintages act as an agent provocateur, enticing those who don’t have a pre-disposition toward Scotch to embrace the silken warmth of a drink best served neat, but also used in mixed drinks or with a simple splash of water or soda.

”It is true that the older the scotch, the more expensive that it is, the better it is,” said Robin Coupar, Senior Brand Manager, Malt Whisky, for Skyy. “When choosing a Scotch whiskey for dad, our suggestion is to give him something he hasn’t tried before such as The Glenrothes Single Malt.“

The process of creating a fine Scotch is steeped in traditions that are as old as the ages.  With its bottle forward tasting notes, deep vanilla, citrus, fruit and/or spice flavors, learning about scotch, and choosing one that is pleasing to your palate is as much a journey as finding that favorite wine.

Tasting three of The Glenrothes vintages — the Select Reserve with note of ripe fruit, citrus, vanilla and a hint of spice, the 1991 a spicier vintage whose notes describe a bouquet with essences of berry fruits vanilla and white chocolate, teasing the palate with a mature softness filled with coconut, vanilla and butterscotch and the 1987 with citrus, orange zest and vanilla notes.

For my dad, I will be hunting for the elusive 1987 vintage, one that is no longer available from the maker but may be found in the market. What I enjoy about the 1987 is the crisp mineral finish of the drink and its softness on the palate, though if that can’t be found the 1985 with its bouquet of rich fruits and a soft palate with oak and vanilla and a medium sweet finish will be a Scotch to enjoy in the evening, with desert, or sitting around talking to my dad.

“Each vintage of The Glenrothes has its own unique personality and, as it is very much a boutique brand, each vintage is limited in supply,” Mr. Coupar says. “The 1987, which is now extinct, has a personality that is very citrus, deep Seville oranges, where the 1991 is filled with ripe fruits, vanilla and butterscotch.  The vintages are different, each with their own distinct flavor and when shopping for a Single Malt Scotch, it is a good time to find a good liquor store with knowledgeable people eager to help you.”

Take Dad out to the ole’ Ball Game

What is more traditional than nine-innings at the ballpark? Drop that ballpark not far from historic Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and it becomes a great American tradition and family weekend vacation destination.

Hilton overlooking Camden YardsHilton Baltimore, located adjacent to the harbor cities historic Camden Yards, gives baseball fans the chance to enjoy the game from the comfort of their Ballpark View Room.

The recently opened hotel is in walking distance to many of Baltimore’s great attractions and offers up-to-date amenities including a Fitness by Precor fitness center, indoor pool with whirlpool and sauna, in room high-speed internet and business center.

This property also features plasma screen televisions and Hilton’s Serenity Collection bedding and bath and Suite Dream plush-top mattress and bedclothes.

Available through the season the Hilton “Room With a View” package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for four and four tickets to the Sports Legends Museum ($229 per night/check the web site for up to date pricing or changes. Tickets to the ballpark are not included but can be obtained, along with season schedule, by visiting The Official Site of The Baltimore Orioles.

If you want to treat the whole family to a great weekend, the properties hospitality suites, complete with balconies overlooking the park, provide a unique venue for social and corporate entertaining.

In addition to Camden Yards, the great city of Baltimore also offers a variety of historical and entertainment venues.  Visit the famed Inner Harbor and enjoy the boats and breezes, or shop inside the Harborplace shops. 

For families, the National Aquarium is a must visit with their summer exhibitis “Jellies Invasion: Ocean Out of Balance,” the “Our Ocean Planet” the new dolphin show and “Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes” that introduces visitors to an immersion environment filled with lizards, flying foxes, native bird and other inhabitants of the land down under.

For a special dinner treat, visit Baltimore’s Little Italy where a variety of authentic Italian dining awaits.  A personal favorite is Amicci’s Casual and comfortable the restaurant serves a wide variety of choices – from starters to traditional pastas and seafood, a full bar and wine list.    Reservations are always recommended.

Fore for four

The name drips of heritage and history and Saratoga County and Saratoga Springs, set within the cradle of Hudson and Mohawk Rivers has been a New York destination since the late 1700s!

Today Saratoga offers plenty of attractions – from the Saratoga Race Course to ten quality golf courses, Saratoga Springs is known for much more than the healing waters found in the naturally carbonated mineral water that flows from nineteen different springs.

Give dad a great day on the greens of the Saratoga National, a premier course that offers stunning golf surrounded by the ambience of an esteemed club. 

Golfers can book a package through The Saratoga Hotel that includes two rounds of golf at Saratoga National complete with GPS laden golf car, a club breakfast, shuttle service between the club and the hotel and unlimited use of the practice facility during  your stay. 

And, as an extra sweetener to a great trip, golfers will receive one sleeve of Pro V1 balls and a golfer’s gift pack including divot tool, ball marker, yardage guide and a deck of cards!  There are some dates limitations and this package is designed for groups of four golfers, double occupancy for $319.00 per night.

* The whiskey category as a whole includes American, Canadian, Irish and Scotch brands, however only Scotch is referenced to as being a whisky, without the e.

*” Apologies to the Sound of Music… raindrops and roses, and whiskers on kittens….