Father's Day. A time of reflection. If we are lucky we become our fathers. If we are not, the opposite. If you're lucky enough to still have yours around it's time to man up, give them a hug, buy them a drink, and thank them for all the amazing stuff you've learned from them. No matter that at the time it may have seemed a waste of time, irrelevant, or just downright wrong.
"When I was 16, I thought my parents knew nothing. When I was 21, I was shocked to discover how much they had picked up in the last 5 years."
With that said, it's time to read from the bottom up, pour yourselves a drink, raise a glass and toast the old man, and enjoy the rest.
watch: big fish
All fathers tell a few white lies to cheer us up, smooth the path, or just make the ugly parts of life a little easier to bear. As we grow up we learn to discern exaggeration from the truth. And chuckle to ourselves at the tall tales we've been told. But what if they were true? Well, then pops would be a Big Fish indeed...
daddy: care package
Let's face it. He probably opened one of these more than once for you. So return the favor, and give him one his buddies can compliment him on. Exclusive to us, featuring our signature smoking skull embossed in either red or blue on a 100% carbon effect leather wallet with silk lining also featuring our smoking skull. Hand made in London by an artisan with the Queen's Royal Warrant these things are about as good as it gets. The perfect size for a few benjamins, a few credit cards, and a ticket or two in the exterior fold.
Get those crocodile arms to extend to your pocket and get one. Or maybe two. If you're so inclined to get yourself one as well...
and watch: frank abignale jr.
Ever since we saw, "Catch Me If You Can" the first time around it was a fascinating story. And a testament to dressing the part and having your skills of rhetoric honed to a sharp point. But when we accidentally came across this on Father's Day we discovered not only the real story from the real Frank Abignale Jr., but also his views on fathers. Watch it to the end. And chuckle aloud to yourself at stories of daring do.
inhale: quinn rosé
In a sea of iffy rosé you want the genuine article. Which is why you should look out for the smoking skull of our "Quinn Rosé." It's only affixed to the real stuff which 30+ years of serious tasting led DQ to make in the Var region of Provence just by the legendary beaches of St. Tropez. Dry, light and refreshing; it's the perfect rosé to be shared with gentlemen, rogues and sunshine.
read: bushido - the warrior's code
Every man needs a code to live by. Whether he knows it; or not. Delve into this 1899 rendition of the warrior code of the Samuri. And then put it into practive. Every day.
dq shirt club
As some of you may have heard, this does not exist. But if you happen to see a chap with a smoking skull gusset who are we to stop you winking in recognition as you offer to buy him a drink?
cocktail: anything from "the spirit hunter"
We're not going to give you a cocktail to mix this week. Feel free to open your drinks cabinet, find something you like, add it to a rocks glass, give it a swirl to see the legs and release the aromas, have a good nosefull, then dive in to taste the spirit within. We can almost guarantee that whatever it is, and whatever the cost, it won't match up to the secret we are giving up below.
Over ten years ago a guy walked into the DQHQ in NYC. He had been sent by DQ's wine guy. Which is another story. He was French. And the size of a linebacker. He looked as if he should be fighting with Andre The Giant. Or throwing hay bales into the back of a truck. All day long. For a thousand years.
His name, is Nicolas Palazzi. And he and DQ are now pretty good friends.
His company, is PM Spirits. Named for his father, Paul-Marie Palazzi. The namesake of the best bottle of cognac we have ever had the pleasure to try. Over 50 years old. A single barrel. At cask strength. Only around 275 were ever made to grace the palates of God's earth. And they're all gone.
As to how Mr Palazzi came to have this glorious booze is another story, which we will let him tell you. Should you be lucky enough to ever find yourself in his company. He is a man of humility. So you may not even know he is there when he is. But should you figure out its him, be sure to ask him about how it began. With a repo man, a playboy, two buddies from the army conscription in France, and some of the finest cognac ever made.
Anything he decides to sell is the pinnacle of its genre. A gold seal in quality. And authenticity. So get something from him for your old man, if it's spirits to raise his spirits that he's wanting.
And don't just trust us, here's Saveur
on the subject.
You can thank us later.