Nick Offerman's New Scotch Is Finished in Guinness Casks
Scotch whiskey meets Irish stout in the latest Lagavulin Offerman Edition.
We're somehow just over a month from Father's Day, and if you haven't decided what to do for your dad, Nick Offerman has a suggestion for you. For the past five years, the Parks and Recreation actor and his own dad, Ric, have appeared in an annual Father's Day-themed YouTube video, demonstrating their shared love of woodworking, fishing, and (of course) Lagavulin whisky.
This year is both no different and slightly different. For starters, the elder Offerman has a beard now. And the bottle of Lagavulin that they share at the end of "Father's Day: Part Five" is a brand new release too. The 11-year-old single malt Scotch whisky has been aged for four months in Guinness Beer casks from the beermaker's Open Gate Brewery just outside of Baltimore, Maryland.
The Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish is the second time that the actor and the distillery have collaborated on a limited-edition whisky; the first one, Lagavulin Offerman Edition Aged 11 Years, was released in October 2019. "The opportunity to collaborate on this truly sublime, smoky giggle-juice renews my gratitude for the simple things in life, like a father's love, and the good manners he taught me," Offerman said in a statement.
According to Lagavulin, the Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish is a rich combination of the Scotch's "intense peat and charred wood notes" and the sweeter coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel notes from the former Guinness casks. The whisky will be available in the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $79.99, and will be available at fine spirits retailers, on ReserveBar.com and through Drizly's app and website. (It's not yet on sale, but you can register to be notified when you can add it to your online shopping cart.)
Offerman has collaborated with the Islay distillery since 2014 (when he was still playing Scotch-loving Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec) and has appeared in their "Lagavulin: My Tales of Whisky" video series ever since. The new "Father's Day" video clocks in at under a minute (watch it here), which shouldn't cut into your own whisky time—although it might make you wonder if Offerman has an extra Guinness barrel or two that he might be willing to roll your way.