Monday, 30 May 2011

Quick Glimpse of North Port in "Parks & Recreation"

If you ever need something to make you feel better after getting shot in the back of the head you might want to try a 20 year old bottle of North Port.  

Seems to work wonders for Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) in this scene from episode 10 of the 2nd season of "Parks & Recreaction".

The action takes place at the 9:55 mark in the episode.

Parks & Recreation now available on DVD: 

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Johnnie Walker Black Label in "The Losers"

This one is a little NSFW and I highly doubt anyone will actually be concentrating on the bottle while watching anyway.

At the 46:51 mark Aisha (Zoe Saldana) offers Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) some of her Black Label and it seems he cannot resist.

Yes, I realize that Black Label is probably the most ubiquitous scotch on Earth and it appears in more films than any other.  Because of that, this site will only feature it in every 20 or 30 posts. This is actually the first time it has been featured since our inaugural "Bladerunner" article.

Anyway...Here's a half-naked Zoe Saldana drinking Black Label.

"The Losers" is now available on Blu-Ray: The Losers [Blu-ray]

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Glenmorangie & Vat 69 Spotted in "Hotel Rwanda"

I feel kinda guilty about reducing such a powerful and emotional film down to something as frivolous as whisky but if there is any...wait...what was I talking about?  Oh right..whisky!

Speaking of whisky, there are three sightings in this film.

The first two are ot Glenmorangie and the third is Vat 69.  The Vat 69 bottle actually appears briefly in the first Glenmorangie clip if you look closely.

The two Glenmorangie sightings have been compiled into one clip to save you some clicking.

Check it out.

These Glenmorangie clips are taken from the 7:02 & 47:35 minute marks in the film when Paul (Don Cheadle) Meets with Gen. Oliver (Nick Nolte).

The Vat 69 appearance is from the 1:04:29 mark when Paul has a meeting with Gen. Bizimungu (Fana Mokoena).

Hotel Rwanda now available on Blu Ray: Hotel Rwanda [Blu-ray]

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Vat 69 sighting in "Band of Brothers"

Here's a Vat 69 appearance from the amazing Steven Spielberg produced miniseries "Band of Brothers".  This is from episode 9 entitled "Why We Fight".

The scene takes place at the 10:08 mark when Maj. Winters (Damian Lewis) Pays a visit to his friend Capt. Nixon (Ron Livingston) and finds that he is angry, depressed, and drowning his sorrows with alcohol.

Gonna have to go back and watch this series again from the beginning.  I'm sure it still holds up well.  Even after ten years.

Band of Brothers is now available on Blu Ray: Band of Brothers [Blu-ray]

Band of Brothers now available on Blu-ray

Sunday, 22 May 2011

George Clooney & Ewan McGregor Split a Bottle of Glenfiddich

Another Glenfiddich spotting!  This time we find Clooney and McGregor enjoying a few drams in a Kuwaiti hotel of all places.

This scene from "The Men Who Stare at Goats" takes place at the 11:30 mark when Lyn (Clooney) explains to Bob (McGregor) the difference between an ordinary enlisted man and a "super soldier".

The Men Who Stare at Goats now available on Blu-ray

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Orson Welles Nikka "G&G" Whisky Commercial

This one goes way way back.  If I had to guess I'd say this is from the mid seventies.  I know this isnt technically scotch but c''s Orson Freakin' Welles!

Check out the Orson Welles Nikka G&G commercial below.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Harrison Ford Drinks 40 Year Old Bruichladdich In "Morning Glory"

When anchorman Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) is feeling blue there's only one thing that can cheer his grumpy ass up.  In this scene from "Morning Glory" (which takes place at the 42:50 mark) Mike explains to Becky (Rachel McAdams) how this delicious 40 year old Bruichladdich has the power to bring him back from the brink.

Never had the pleasure of sampling this Islay single malt myself but I guy can dream.

I was unable to find it for purchase anywhere online as it has been discontinued but perhaps the 1970 will do in the meantime.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Balvenie & Glenfiddich in "The Lincoln Lawyer"

Two great single malts in one great movie.  I chopped the scenes up a little bit to avoid any spoilers since this movie is still in theaters and I didn't want to ruin it for anybody.

The first sighting in this film was actually the inspiration for me to create this website.  I was initially unable to discern what brand of scotch Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) was chugging here.  Fortunately, a little later in the scene, the back of the bottle was displayed more prominently and I was (barely) able to make out the word "Balvenie" on the back label.

When I got home after the movie I searched online for other scotch sightings in movies or TV shows and found that there was a multitude of articles, Facebook pages, forums, and threads about whisky on film but there was no dedicated site.  

The scene mentioned above takes place at the 49:30 mark in the film.  It is unfortunate that Haller doesn't take the time to savour this sublime Speyside single malt but the dude clearly has a lot on his mind so I guess we can forgive him just this once.  Here's the clip.

The second sighting takes place at the 54:40 mark and features a bottle of 18 year old Glenfiddich.  Louis (Ryan Phillippe) has broken into Micks house and helped him self to his bottle of Glenfiddich.  An offense which, if you ask me should be punishable by death.

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Controversial Glenfiddich Appearance in Family Guy

Here's a scene from the season 8 episode of Family Guy entitled "Brian & Stewie".  Don't know if y'all remember this episode but it was a one hour special which centered around Brian and Stewie being trapped in a bank vault.  I won't go into the gory details here but let's just say that I wouldn't recommend watching it while eating.

Brian breaks out the 12 year Glenfiddich at the 12:00 mark in the episode.  He had been keeping the bottle in a safe deposit box for a special occasion and figured there was no better time to drink it than when he was stuck inside the vault.

The bottle eventually ends up being accidentally shattered by a bullet from Brian's emergency suicide gun later in the episode.

Here's a quick article about the episode along with a brief statement from Glenfiddich. 

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Harrison Ford Sings the Praises of Bruichladdich

Although Harrison Ford is no stranger to deadly combat in his Indiana Jones films, Mandrake still admires his courage for throwing himself into the fray between two of Scotland's proudest whisky makers. He has taken Bruichladdich's side against its old foe Ardbeg and its half dozen other rivals on the Isle of Islay.

10:00PM BST 22 Aug 2009
"He has a line in which he points to the bottle and says 'I only drink it on special occasions,'" says my man with the clapperboard. "It's not product placement, but Harrison wanted it in because he knows his malts." The producers emailed Mark Reynier, the boss of Bruichladdich, to ask if he could furnish them with some bottles as props – plus a vintage one for Ford's own use, and one of a "more modest age" for Roger Michel, the film's director, "so he doesn't feel left out".
Reynier dispatched bottles of his prized Octomore which could not have been more provocative as far as Ardbeg, their French-owned rivals, were concerned. The two distilleries are involved in a battle to produce the whisky with the highest amount of peat (which is measured in parts per millions). Reynier is claiming an easy lead over Ardbeg with an Octomore with a daunting ppm of 140.
Ford sent Reynier a signed photo on which he had written "For the laddies at Bruichladdich, I like your work." No doubt Reggie Bosanquet, the late, great and frequently inebriated ITN newcaster, would have approved.

View original article from the Telegraph here.  

Friday, 13 May 2011

Jason Bateman Slams Back an 18 Year Old Scotch


Talisker & Chivas in "Charlie Wilson's War"

Get ready for FOUR awesome sightings in this 2007 film directed by Mike Nichols.  "Charlie Wilson's War" is one of those movies you can watch many times and always pick up on something you missed in previous viewings.  The screenplay was adapted by Aaron Sorkin so there's tons of sharp, witty dialogue.

A great example of that banter is in the first scene below which takes place at the 45:20 point in the film.  Agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymore Hoffman) presents Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) with a bottle of Talisker and quotes the Robert Lewis Stevenson poem in which it is mentioned.  Nice to see that this particular scotch is integral to the actual scene in which it appears as opposed to merely being used as a peripheral prop.  Did I mention that Talisker is awesome?

Here's the clip.

The next three scenes are all Chivas sightings.  Safe to say Charlie Wilson was a fan of this blend.  If you only watch one of these next three clips make sure it is the second one.  And yes, that is Emily Blunt.

Monday, 9 May 2011

J&B in "Once Upon a Time in America"

It is said that a bottle of J&B is opened every half second.  Walk into just about any watering hole in the world and there will likely be a bottle of good old Justerini & Brooks behind the bar.  Needless to say this classic blend has popped up in countless films.  In fact, I could probably crank out an entire website dedicated to J&B appearances alone,  but until my girlfriend starts petitioning for a "Breakfast At Tifffany's" nod, I'll stick with the gangster movies.  This one in particular.

"Once Upon a Time in America" is a 3.5 hour long epic and is absolutely packed with action and drama.  At the 28:00 mark Robert Deniro's character "Noodles" returns to New York after hiding out in Buffalo for decades.  He walks into his old friend's bar and they sit down over a bottle of J&B to catch up.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label in "Wall Street II"

Had a chance to test drive this pricey blend myself recently at Whisky Live in Toronoto and loved it.  That being said.  This ain't a site for reviews and tasting notes, so here we go...

At the the 52:35 mark in Wall Street II Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) invites Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) into his Manhattan apartment and explains the 16th century Dutch "tulip bubble".  During their conversation he pours, noses, and sips on a glass of Johnnie Blue.

In a second scene (at 1:04:34) Jake gives a bottle of Blue Label to a foreign investor as a gift during a business meeting.  The box is barely visible, yet it is unmistakable.

Later in the film (spoiler alert) Jake returns to the apartment looking for Gekko only to find that he has abruptly moved out leaving only the Tulip chart and the Bottle of Blue

We've compiled all three scenes together in the short clip below.

Friday, 6 May 2011

A Single Malt for "A Single Man"

Not one.  Not two.  But THREE sightings in this stylistic directorial debut from designer Tom Ford.

The bottle in the first clip was quite difficult to identify,  the second was so subtle that I almost missed it, and the third clip is a mystery malt.

It this scene George (Colin Firth)  polishes off the bottle of North Port 20 year old Rare Malt which he keeps in his desk like nobody's business and tosses it in the trash.  I had to play the clip back several times and zoom in to figure out what brand it was.

This sighting takes place at the 28:50 mark.

The second clip takes place exactly 41 minutes into the film and features three different brands.  There is a bottle of Lagavulin (my second favorite single malt) as well as the classic blends Black Label and J&B.

The final clip (from 1:10:35) simply shows George ordering a scotch at a bar and drinking it with one of his students.  No mention of the brand and no sign of the actual bottle.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Every MacCutcheon Appearance in "Lost"

     Time for a sweeping epic of a post that has been six years in the making.  After having watched every single Lost episode during it's six season run it had been brought to my attention that there was a mysterious scotch which kept popping up throughout the series.  I honestly hadn't noticed it except for the very first time it was featured on the show.  It showed up in no less than FIVE other episodes after that and managed to go right over my head every single time.  

      I started doing some research in preparation for this post and found every scene where the legendary "MacCutcheon 60 year old" appeared and have presented them below in order of appearance.  Good luck finding this bottle on the shelf at your local bar or liquor store though.  Like the "Clyburn 15 year old" which appeared in The Dark Knight, this is another one of our Mystery Malts.  Though the bottle bears a striking resemblance to the Macallan in my opinion.

The first appearance of the MacCutcheon 60 Year Old was in the 8th episode of season 3 entitled "Flashes before Your Eyes".

Second appearance was in the same episode...

Sighting number three was during a pivotal scene later in the season.  Episode 13 entitled "The Man From Tallahassee".  Be sure to watch the short clip all the way to the end.

The fourth clip is from the fourth season. The MacCutcheon pops up during the 8th episode titled "The Shape of Things to Come".

The fifth clip is actually from one of my favorite episodes of the entire series.  The title of the episode is "He's Our You".  Season 5.  Episode 10.

Don't blink or you'll miss this one.  Season 6.  Episode 5.  The sixth clip is a very brief one from the episode called "Lighthouse".

Now for the seventh and final appearance of the MacCutcheon.  The 60 year old malt now appears to have come full circle.  Another scene with Desmond Hume and Charles Widmore which echoes the first.  Though the tone is very different.  This is from the eleventh episode of the final season.  Appropriately titled "Happily Ever After".

Hope y'all enjoyed the post.  Many more to come.  Feel free to leave any tips or suggestions for future posts in the comment section.