Over his seven seasons on Parks & Recreation, Nick Offerman's character Ron Swanson was chiefly known for two things: his desire to dismantle the government from within, and his love for Lagavulin scotch.
Now, one of those things has manifested itself in the real world.
No, he's not running for city manager. (Or President, though we like his chances.)
But he does have a new scotch whisky.
Meet Lagavulin Offerman Edition Aged 11 Years, a just-launched single malt that was created in collaboration between Offerman and the Islay-based distillery. It's available now and sports the actor's mug on the label, so you can't miss it.
That label also includes a quote from Offerman: “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.”
The guy really likes his scotch.
The 92-proof liquid was hand-selected by Offerman and Lagavulin Distillery Manager Colin Gordon. It provides the brand's signature punch of peat, but with extra spices and notes of dried fruit, plus a unique fresh berry character. The best way to drink it is definitely in a glass—other particulars are acceptable but unnecessary.
And, while you don't have to grow a formidable beard and don a flannel shirt to enjoy this dram, it certainly can't hurt.
After all, we are in the thick of beard-and-flannel season.