Ron Swanson makes a drink Ron Swanson can be proud of.

By Tim Nelson
October 15, 2019

Played by Nick Offerman, Ron Swanson was Parks and Recreation’s surly, rugged individualist waging a war against small-town bureaucracy from the inside. While scotch never earned a spot on his famed Pyramid of Greatness, it was essential to Swanson/Offerman’s particular brand of masculinity to the point that an episode involved a pilgrimage to Lagavulin’s Scotland distillery.

Now, liquor and life are imitating art, as Offerman is helping to make his very own edition of the brand’s famous scotch. According to press materials cited by The Takeout, Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky: Offerman Edition is a limited edition offering, billed as an “authentic collaboration” that incorporates Offerman’s actual input into the finished product.

Offerman, who’s enough of a Lagavulin fan to film a Yule Log video of him drinking their booze by a fireplace, seems like he’s relishing the chance to partner with one of the finest purveyors of Scotch whisky: “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.”

In terms of the finished product, the 11-year-aged will feature “the signature Lagavulin peatiness but with extra spices and notes of dried fruit to carry the smoke,” as well as what they’re describing as “a more direct flavor journey”. It also should offer a pretty direct alcohol journey, as the Offerman Edition weighs in at 46% ABV/92 proof. There’s no word about how well it pairs with bacon or any of the other animal proteins Ron Swanson would consider fundamental to greatness, however.

This bottle of scotch that would surely make Ron Swanson proud will only be available “until supplies last,” and retails for $74.99. That may feel steep to the amateur scotch drinker, but owning a bottle with Offerman’s face plastered on it makes it a keepsake worth treasuring.  

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