Eight new GoT-themed labels are coming this autumn, named after the Night’s Watch and seven Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms.
That’s right, Diageo is marking its territory in the HBO fantasy land with new Game of Thrones Single Malt Collection. The best part? There will be eight to choose from.
Slated for release late this autumn, the collection will feature single malts from Lagavulin, Oban, Talisker, Cardhu, Royal Lochnagar, Dalwhinnie, Clynelish, and The Singleton. They will be represented by names from the series, of course – Night’s Watch, as well as the seven Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms: Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Tyrell, Bolton, Baratheon, and Martell.
Honor the great houses and the Night's Watch with the @GameofThrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection, coming this fall. Eight single malt scotch whiskies by @lagavulinwhisky @obanmalt @singletonwhisky @taliskerwhisky #Cardhu #RoyalLochnagar #Dalwhinnie #Clynelish pic.twitter.com/ziOi6JIUsU
— Lagavulin (@LagavulinWhisky) July 19, 2018
The widely-acclaimed, Emmy-winning series will enter its eighth and final season in 2019. The Game of Thrones Single Malt Collection is anticipated to be released with a similarly thematic Johnnie Walker.
Although the nature of the whisky is yet to be revealed, a teaser crept up on social media in May. In it, the Striding Man takes the form of a White Walker. If it is a relabeling, the new Johnnie Walker White Walker would be taking after Jane Walker released for International Women’s Day.
Here are the eight labels expected this autumn. Which Game of Thrones Single Malt will be filling your dram come winter?
House Targaryen: Cardhu Gold Reserve
Fiery, fiesty, and all-around fearless, the Cardhu Gold Reserve not only celebrates dragon mother Daenerys, but also the women pioneers of Cardu Distillery, Helen Cumming and her daughter Elizabeth. It draws you in with a heady aroma of spiced, baked apple, then transforms into a rich caramel elixir that's slightly nutty-fruity.
House of Baratheon: Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
Recalling the leader of the Seven Kingdoms upon the Iron Throne, Royal Lochnagar was afforded the regal label after Queen Victoria visited its distillery in 1848. Here's a rounded balance of fruits and spices, bearing light notes of oak and sweet liqorice that develop into rich, creamy vanilla coffee.
House Tully: Singleton of Glendullan Select
Harnessing a likeness in the power of water, this Singleton carries hints of orange and clove on the nose, leading to a delicious berry-vanilla cheesecake with a spicy finish on the palate.
House of Greyjoy: Talisker Select Reserve
Talisker embodies the rugged charm of the Greyjoys, with layered flavours uncovering an intensely smoky single malt with spicy-sweet hints of the sea. Think dry Sichuan-peppery smoke and dark chocolate on the nose, exploding into a palate of spicy, salted-caramel fruitcake.
House Stark: Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost
Dalwhinnie is known as one of the coldes,t highest distilleries in Scotland, and in that it shares House Stark's ability to thrive in intense environments. Expect honeyed sweetness akin to fresh fig, followed by a delicious maltiness and rich fruit cake.
House Lannister: Lagavulin 9 Year Old
With a history of over 200 years, Lagavulin matches the Lannister's meticulous rise to the Iron Throne. The dram of smoky-sweet whisky is best enjoyed neat, or with a drop of water to draw out caramelised banana, heavy vanilla, and burnt marshmallow that dissipate into a dry, salted caramel.
House Tyrell: Clynelish Reserve
From green pastures and fertile land come both House Tyrell of Highgarden and Clynelish. Vibrant in hue but light and floral on the nose, it carries Highland and maritime qualities reminiscient of tropical fruits an creamy vanilla.
The Night’s Watch: Oban Bay Reserve
As The Night's Watch sits between Westeros and lands beyond The Wall, so does The Oban sit between the west Highlands and the Islands of Scotland. From this meeting point of sand and sea comes a dry, wood-spiced whisky to warm the coldest hearts. It bursts with the fruity decadence of cherry pie and candied orange peel, drifting away into a luscious crème caramel flavour.
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