We're counting down our favourite characters of TV & film and their favourite drams. It seems whether you work on Madison Avenue, in local government or in an international intelligence agency, whisky is an essential accessory. While we don't advocate drinking on the job as many of these characters do, we certainly can't argue with their taste in spirits!
5. Don Draper, Mad Men - Old Fashioned
Slick and stylish ad man Don Draper kicks off our list with his signature whisky cocktail, an Old Fashioned. For seven seasons we drank what Don was pouring, whether it was Lucky Strikes’ “it’s toasted” or Kodak’s “Carousel”, but our favourite by far was the Old Fashioned. Although Don’s whisky of choice was Canadian Club, whenever he drank for pleasure (as opposed to work), the classic rye-based cocktail was on the menu.
4. Sterling Archer, Archer - Glengoolie Blue
This entry is certainly unique, being both fictional and illustrated. Archer, the 60s inspired spy series from Adam Reed, introduced the world to Glengoolie Blue, a rare and expensive Scotch Whisky, when the eponymous Sterling Archer drank a bottle gifted to accountant Cyril Figgis’ grandfather by Peter Lawford of the Rat Pack. Seemingly an amalgamation of Glenfiddich and Johnnie Walker Blue Label, we don’t stock Glengoolie at The Whisky Shop, but you can upgrade any cheap Scotch with these stylish labels via Etsy.
3. Bob Harris, Lost in Translation - Hibiki 17 Year Old
“For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.” Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning romantic comedy drama sees Bill Murray play ageing star, Bob Harris, sent to Japan to endorse Suntory’s Hibiki 17 Year Old Single Malt Whisky for $2million. For that money, you’d think they could have sprung for a better interpreter. That classic scene only becomes funnier when you read the director’s translated lines.
2. Ron Burgundy, Anchorman - Great Odin's Raven
“I love Scotch! Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch! Here it goes down, down into my belly!” sings the legendary 1970s Anchorman played by Will Ferrell. Ron Burgundy’s Great Odin’s Raven Blended Scotch is the second fictional dram on our list although this one crashed through the fourth wall when it was released as a promotional tie-in to the much-awaited sequel to the 2004 classic.
1. Ron Swanson, Parks & Recreation - Lagavulin
Topping our list is Pawnee Indiana’s very own Parks Department Director. Beloved for his disdain for Government and modernity, Swanson’s favourite drink is obviously Lagavulin 16 year old. Not only has the character been very vocal about the fact, but the man behind the moustache, Nick Offerman, has been decidedly silent, recently creating a 45 minute long video for Lagavulin that consists purely of Offerman sitting by the fireside savouring a dram of the Islay Single Malt Scotch.
Got a taste for it?
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Lagavulin 16 Year Old