"Scotch and 'baccy for Santa and lackey." Fact! The basis for this wives tale is a little more than meets the eye. Leaving out scotch and some nice tobacco for Ol'e St. Nick will yeild a greater return on your Christmas request. Obviously true, this tradition has been around for many years and can be easily tested and proved. Here's what you may not know. Santa and lackey (aka whoever the head elf is that year) make dry runs all year round. If you leave out Scotch and 'baccy more regularly, your benefit is compounded. As it turns out, the Reindeer are really good at sniffing out good tobacco and single malt.