Nick Offerman’s Getting His Own Scotch

A single-malt honoring the man behind Ron Swanson

By Kirk Miller

 
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14 March 2019

First Ron Burgundy got a Scotch.

Now it’s Ron Swanson’s turn.

Nick Offerman, the actor/comedian behind the prickly government official from NBC’s late, great Parks and Recreation, is getting his own whisky. A label for an 11-Year Offerman Edition of Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

On the show, Lagavulin 16 is the Scotch of choice for Swanson, who visits the distillery during season six and purchases a controlling share of the company on the series finale. But the whisky selection was actually inspired by Offerman himself, who’s a longtime fan of the Islay tipple and refers to it as “mother’s milk.”

Lagavulin

Offerman’s also served as a paid spokesperson for the brand — you can watch him sip a glass for 45 minutes in this bizarrely wonderful Christmas-time ad.

The label doesn’t offer many clues about the spirit beyond the age and 46% ABV, though it does feature this Offerman quote: “I have travelled the world and sampled many attempts at pleasing nectars, but it is solely this distillation of Islay; a tiny charismatic Scottish isle, that has claimed my palate. Yea, and my heart into the bargain.”

Nice. And admittedly much better than going with a Ron Swanson quote (See: “Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.”)

Photos: NBC/Universal; TTB

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