Famous References of Whisky in Movies and TV Series!

Whisky has played a supporting role to several legends of the silver screen over the years. While giving a profitable shot at promotion for its manufacturers, the prominence of whiskey in big-budget films is an endorsement of its quality and, in several cases, its enduring cool – a ticket to sophistication if you may. Here’s a recommended list of our favorite whisky-themed scenes in recent years and a perfect whisky pairing for it.

Bill Murray – Bob Harri - Lost in Translation – 2003

Lost in Translation is regarding Bob Harri (Bill Murray), an old American actor who travels to capital of Japan to film a commercial for Suntory’s 17-year-old Hibiki whiskey in return for $2 million. While in capital of Japan, Harris strikes up an unlikely relationship with a recent college graduate named Charlotte, played by Scarlett Johansson, after a chance meeting in a Tokyo building;this comic clip exemplifies how Harris is literally “Lost in Translation”, as he films the advert with a Japanese director.

The Whiskypedia Pick: Suntory Old Whisky –A classy whisky and an icon from Suntory’s house of blended malt Japanese whiskies

Will Ferrell – Ron Burgundy – Anchorman - 2004

The news anchorman Ron Burgundy loves Scotch, so much so that he released his own brand. From the imagination of Will Ferrell, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy stormed the box office in 2004 gaining cult status because of its quotable dialogue, plentiful cameos and a legendary street fight between rival news groups based on west side story. Burgundy is usually seen holding a glass of his favorite Scotch –‘Scotchy, Scotch Scotch’
The Whiskypedia Pick: Chivas Regal 12, from the house of Chivas, which is one of the best Scotch whisky brands in the world. This brand is well known for their blends which survived the prohibition in the 1920’s.

Fun Fact: The term ‘Regal’ was added to the Chivas brand name after the Chivas Brothers earned a Royal Warrant to supply goods to Queen Victoria herself.

Mad Men

If there was ever a show dedicated to Scotch, then it's undoubtedly Mad Men. In Mad Men, the lead characterand numerous different characters are shown as whisky lovers, drinking whisky together with a cigarette in hand. Brands included range from The Glenlivet, Chivas, J&B and Cutty Sark. Actor Christina Hendricks from Mad Men has also become a brand ambassador and appears in many print and television ads for the Red and Black Labels.
The Whiskypedia Pick– The Glenlivet. George smith started it in 1822 and the taste has still remained unchanged. Touted as the ‘Single Malt That Started It All’, The Glenlivet was initially developed and sold illicitly and had earned such admiration and notoriety that even King George IV asked to taste it on his visit to Scotland that’s why we pick it as one of the best single malt whisky brand out there.

Daniel Craig – James Bond – Skyfall – 2012

James Bond is known for several things, one amongst that is his liking for a cocktail. In recent movies, he looks to have turned to whiskey as his poison of choice, choosing none but The Macallan. In his most recent show outings, Skyfall and Spectre, Bond is seen drinking different age expressions of The Macallan, including a 10, an 18 and a 50-year-old expressions.

The Whiskypedia Pick: The Macallan 10 year malt scotch. This pale straw drink with oak and fruity finish is the perfect choice for your 007 flicks.

Taron Egerton - Kingsman: The Secret Service–2014

Based on a comic book, this action comedy starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton spoofs the Bond spy genre. Among the highlights is an incredible fight sequence during which a glass of Dalmore Sinclair 62 year is precariously passed from character to character. Fun fact - The last bottle was sold for about $250,000 in 2011.

The Whiskypedia Pick: Dalmore 12yr Malt scotch. The affordable version of the Sinclair 62.
(This story is published in collaboration with The Whiskypedia. Head over to brush up on your whisky knowledge!)

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