Move over tree-lightnings and ball drops, there’s a new holiday tradition in town: watching Nick Offerman sip Scotch for an hour. As a sequel to last season’s smash hit Yule Log, in which the comedian/woodworker/whisky enthusiast (if you can call anything he does “enthusiastic”) sat in front of a roaring fire and started into the camera while silently drinking, this year’s installment is a New Year’s Eve countdown, complete with a raging party happening… very far off in the distance.
Offerman counts down by, of course, not counting down and once again sitting plainly in a chair while we’re left to watch the riveting sip-by-sip action. The anti-celebration fits right in with his well-honed persona. “I never make New Year's resolutions because I apply myself to every day of the year in a fashion that can only be described as 'resolute’” Offerman says. “Because I am not a fool, my determined recipe for delicious living naturally involves a responsible savoring of Lagavulin.” Okay, so it’s an ad for Lagavulin, but frankly we’re into it.