From probably the most famous fictional scotch whisky brand, Glencallan, to others such as Glengoolie scotch whisky from the FX TV series ‘Archer’, these are just some of the many fake brands that have appeared on screen over the years. On Movies and TV shows they tend to be usually difficult to spot and generally only the region or the age is highlighted without mentioning a brand…here is a sample of the top fictional brands found using Scotch Cinema blog as the main source of material given that its founder, Curtis MacEachern, has been logging every dram appearance since 2011….
‘The term for the use of a fake product in the film industry is “Greek”. For example, a company will Greek a box of cereal so that they don’t feature a real brand in the scene, thus avoiding royalty disputes or the impression that they are promoting a particular product.’ Curtis MacEachern
Glencallan scotch whisky (TV series: Chicago P.D.; Sons of anarchy; Burn Notice; Nip/ Tuck; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Community; Heart of Dixie; Grey’s Anatomy; Breakout Kings; The Mindy Project)
“We’re trained to see brands, so when you don’t it’s almost jarring, but the network won’t use a brand if it interferes with an advertising deal they have or if it’s not used for its intended use. So instead of covering it with tape or running into a legal nightmare, we create these brands that are fictional.” Michael Bertolina, ISS’s vice president of Entertainment Marketing and Acquisition
Balmoor scotch whisky (TV series: Chicago Med; The Grinder; Lipstick Jungle; The Defenders)
Glen McKenna scotch whisky (TV: How I Met Your Mother/ HIMYM)
This fictional scotch whisky has appeared a number of times on HIMYM – click here for more info if interested.
Clyburn scotch whisky (Film: The Dark Knight; Rock of Ages; The Place beyond the Pines/ TV: HIMYM)
Ron Burgundy’s Gret Odin’s Raven blended scotch whisky (Film: Anchorman)
“I love Scotch. Scotchy Scotch Scotch. Here it goes down. Down into my belly.” – Ron Burgundy
Note that this originally ‘fictional’ whisky in the first Anchorman film, was actually released in time for the sequel Anchorman 2, and is now available to purchase. It’s apparently a classy blend, featuring grain and malt whiskies from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay – click here.
McCleary scotch whisky (Film: Pulp Fiction)
Glen Dochart scotch whisky (TV: Blacklist)
GlenKnolls scotch whisky (TV: Scandal; Modern Family; The People vs. OJ Simpson)
“This particular sighting marks the fourth appearance of mystery malt known as GlenKnolls. It has appeared in an episode of “The People V. O.J. Simpson” as well as two episodes of “Modern Family“. In each scene the label on the actual bottle itself is barely visible but after enlarging a few screenshots it no longer completely indecipherable.”Curtis MacEachern, Scotch Cinema blog
MacCutcheon scotch whisky (TV: Lost)
This fictional scotch whisky brand appears numerous times during Lost – click here for more information.
Stafford Twin Wood scotch whisky (TV: Ray Donovan; Californication; MONK; How I Met Your Mother)
J. Darby scotch whisky (TV: Lost; Life; NCIS)
On a related topic, for a link to a previous Inside the Cask blog ‘Whisky in Comics’ – please click here.