“Actor, comedian and Scotch Whisky enthusiast” Nick Offerman has had a productive run, when it comes to espousing his love for his Scottish whisky of choice. Since the first time his classic Yule Log video appeared in 2015, Offerman has been practically synonymous with the classic Islay malt, Lagavulin. Somehow, we’re not surprised that this would be Offerman’s choice, either—Ron Swanson probably isn’t the kind of guy to reach for a light-bodied, grassy Speyside single malt. He probably believes that the intense smoke and peatiness of classic Islay drams, like Lagavulin, put hair on a man’s chest. And who are we to counter him on that?
Today, Offerman and Lagavulin, who have partnered in the My Tales of Whiskey YouTube channel for years, made an especially exxciting announcement: Offerman now has his very own, limited edition single malt brand. The “Lagavulin Offerman Edition Aged 11 Years,” is obviously an 11-year-old single malt from Islay, coming about as the result of a collaboration between the actor and Lagavulin Distillery Manager Colin Gordon. According to the distillery, the resulting bottle “carries the signature Lagavulin peatiness, but with extra spices and notes of dried fruit to carry the spice.” Offerman likewise pitched in to develop bottle packaging, which you can see in more detail below. His personal quote pretty much says it all, in typical Swansonian fashion.
“I have traveled 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.” – Nick Offerman
We can only assume that Offerman, who once literally composed a song about being on the cover of Paste Magazine, has good taste here, so this should be interesting to sample. With an MSRP of $74.99, it should be hitting shelves in the immediate future.