Perhaps if fans were sipping on the collection of Game of Thrones whisky, they might have complained less about the ending of the cult-following show?
Well, one thing is for sure, Diageo doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the impressive collection of Game of Thrones themed whisky.
Let’s take a close look at the designs and types of Game of Thrones whisky made available. Beginning with the iterations made by Johnnie Walker.
white walker by Johnnie walker
It all started with the White Walker by Johnnie Walker bottle edition. The first of the Game of Thrones whisky to hit the markets, a spirit crafted by inspiration of the acclaimed show.
Back in 2018, Johnnie Walker wanted to take fans on a whisky adventure like no other to introduce the most feared characters, led by the Night King in Game of Thrones.
White Walker by Johnnie Walker features notes of caramelised sugar and vanilla, fresh red berries with a hint of orchard fruit for a unique taste in whisky with an ABV of 41.7% to represent the one throne that the seven kingdoms are after.
The bottle is recommended to be served frozen for an “icy reveal” that would even shock the three-eyed raven with its icy white and blue colouring inspired by the White Walkers. This limited edition bottle uses thermochromic ink to give Game of Thrones fans a surprise message when frozen to remind them that “Winter is Here.”
Johnnie walker song of ice and song of fire
Launched in the fourth quarter of last year, the Johnnie Walker Song of Ice and Song of Fire scotch whiskies were made in celebration of (what was supposed to be the) Game of Thrones epic season finale.
The innovative whiskies were inspired by the two great Houses: the House Stark and House Targaryen –respectively represented by the fearsome Direwolf, and by the fire-breathing Dragon which faced off in the finale of the Game of Thrones show series.
Here Johnnie Walker calls all of Game of Thrones fans to declare their allegiance, Stark or Targaryen, Direwolf or Dragon. To uncover whether it’s fire you desire or whether you have ice in your veins as, Johnnie Walker has a Game of Thrones whisky just for you.
Johnnie Walker Song of Ice has a crisp, refreshing taste inspired by the unforgiving, sharp Winterfell terrain and the freezing ice that shapes its mountains and stops its rivers. While the Johnnie Walker Song of Fire boasts flavours of subtle smoke from the peated malts of the Caol Ila distillery. Synonymous with the House in which it hails from Song of Fire’s full-bodied flavour delivers a subtle red fruit, sweet smoke and a hint of spice like those laden in the markets of Meereen.
Limited edition single malt scotch whisky collection
Diageo and HBO released this limited-edition collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies celebrating the show. The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection features nine scotches, each paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the Night’s Watch, giving fans an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. Here is how they pair up (from left to right):
Clynelish Reserve – House Tyrell
House Tyrell of Highgarden rules over the Reach, the lush and fertile region of Westeros. Like the Reach, Clynelish is positioned among green pastures and rolling hills, with scenic views of the North Sea. This vibrant, golden Scotch is light and floral, like House Tyrell, it’s not to be underestimated with its underlying complex combination of Highland and maritime qualities.
Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
Royal lineage drives the iconic pairing between House Baratheon and Royal Lochnagar. Similar to Robert Baratheon ruling the Seven Kingdoms upon the Iron Throne, Royal Lochnagar was deemed a whisky worthy of a royal family as it was granted a Royal Warrant after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the distillery in 1848. Balanced with delicate fruits and spices, this taste of royalty is best enjoyed neat.
Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost – House Stark
House Stark’s resiliency, strength and ability to thrive under the most intense situations are greatly shaped by Winterfell’s frigid temperatures. Dalwhinnie, known for being one of the highest distilleries in all of Scotland is cold and remote much like The North where House Stark calls home, making the two an iconic pairing. Extreme conditions are responsible for shaping the signature Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost honeyed sweetness and spicy warmth. Naturally, it’s best served chilled or over ice.
Cardhu Gold Reserve – House Targaryen
Fuelled by the same fiery spirit of the fierce female leadership of Daenerys Targaryen, this single malt celebrates legendary women and their unwavering perseverance. The Cardhu Distillery was pioneered by Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth during the 1800s, a time when the whisky industry
was almost entirely male-dominated.
Lagavulin 9 Year Old – House Lannister
Lagavulin is one of the most legendary single malt brands and has been crafted on the shores of Islay for more than 200 years – mirroring the meticulous calculation and tenacity employed by the Lannister’s in their rise to conquer the Iron Throne. This single malt whisky is a roaring single malt that recalls the Lannister’s riches and is best served neat or with a single drop of water.
Talisker Select Reserve – House Greyjoy
House Greyjoy rules the Iron Islands and worships the Drowned God. Talisker was a natural pair for House Greyjoy as this single malt is distilled on the shores of the Isle of Skye, one of the most remote and rugged areas of Scotland. The layered flavours and signature maritime character of Talisker Select Reserve are the result of its wave-battered shores. This liquid is an intense smoky single malt scotch with spicy, powerful and sweet elements combined with maritime flavours.
Singleton of Glendullan Select – House Tully
House Tully located at Riverrun, rules as the lord of the River lands. The power of water flows through both House Tully and The Singleton Glendullan Select as it is made on the banks of the River Fiddich in the wooded hills of Dufftown. Here they harnessed the water that flowed through the land utilising a water wheel to power the entire distillery.
Oban Bay Reserve – The Night Watch
The Oban distillery sits beneath the steep cliff that overlooks the bay in the frontier between the west Highlands and the Islands of Scotland, separating land and sea, just as Castle Black, home of The Night’s Watch, sits between Westeros and the lands beyond The Wall. The liquid’s richness is balanced with a woody, spicy dryness that The Night’s Watch could enjoy even on the coldest of nights.
Mortlach 15 Year Old – Six Kingdoms
On the ancient hills of Dufftown lies the hallowed Mortlach Distillery. Mortlach, built on the site of a historic battle and the first distillery to legitimately rule over Dufftown’s whisky trade, has equally been influenced by important historical figures. George and Alexander Cowie were integral influences for both the distillery and surrounding community, with George holding the esteemed title of Provost and Alexander developing Mortlach’s signature method to distil the liquid exactly 2.81 times — a complex process as unique as the three-eyed raven character.
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