The famous faces of whisky

While some may see whisky as just another alcoholic beverage, many know that it is also so much more than that. Years of craft, heritage and patience go into the making of a fine whisky, and it takes a certain palate to appreciate the many flavours and notes that are present in this age-old drink.
If you are one of those people who enjoy and appreciate a fine whisky, you are in good company. Some of the world's finest minds and characters love this classic beverage - and they are not ashamed to say it either.

The famous faces of whisky
"Whisky has long been associated with the ultimate expression of luxury and taste," says Mac Mabidilala, Edrington brand manager at RGBC. "As the ultra premium category of whisky continues to grow, it continues to attract the rich and famous to experience the limits of craftsmanship and exclusivity."

One of the whiskies in Mabidilala's stable, The Macallan, has certainly managed to carve a niche in the ultra-premium category, which is acknowledged by the movie industry. In the latest James Bond installment, Skyfall, the rare Macallan 50 year old is described as the spy's favourite drink.

Those who appreciate rare whiskies should not miss the chance to view two of the finest, The Macallan M and the Macallan 62 Year Old in Lalique at The Macallan experience area at this year's Whisky Live Festival. A six-litre decanter of The Macallan M was sold on auction for US$628 000 in January, making it the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold.

In the stylish television show, Suits, the ├╝ber-suave Harvey Specter also favours The Macallan. Interestingly, the Bond and Suits appearances of the whisky were not product placements, but an acknowledgement of the class associated with the whisky.

The famous faces of whisky

However, it is not only famous fictional characters who seek the ultimate indulgence. Many of their real-life counterparts would also consider their lives less colourful without their favorite indulgence.

The famous faces of whisky
American author and humorist Mark Twain, for example, had the following sentiment: "Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is barely enough!" His sentiments were shared by many Americans and he even had a whisky named after him.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said: "The water wasn't fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it."

American musician and television host of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, once said: "Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak."

Even Sir Alexander Fleming, the Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist who discovered penicillin fostered an appreciation for whisky. When asked about treatments for the common cold, he is quoted as saying: "A good gulp of whisky at bedtime - it's not very scientific, but it helps."

The famous faces of whisky
While these men have made public their love for whisky, it is not only a gentleman's drink. Glamorous movie star Ava Gardner made her love of whisky known when she said: "I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whisky in the other."

Even American politician Hilary Clinton is known to enjoy a shot of whisky, specifically of the Canadian variety.

The famous faces of whisky
Well-known actress and star of Mad Men, Christina Hendricks, is a member of the new generation of whisky drinkers. Originally introduced to the drink by her husband, she eventually became enthralled not only with the taste, but the process that goes into the blending of a fine whisky. She has even been invited to be a spokesperson for a popular brand of whisky.

Meanwhile, controversial singer-songwriter Lady Gaga is very vocal about her love for the drink. During a 60-minute interview about her career, she told Anderson Cooper that she drinks a lot of whisky when she writes her songs.

Whether it is used to get the creative juices flowing, celebrating victory or simply relaxing, the rich and famous agree with the rest of us that whisky has no equal.

7 Nov 2014 11:12