It all started with the limited edition release of the White Walker: An exclusive Johnnie Walker blend that celebrated the upcoming and the final series of Game of Thrones. Hot on the heels of this, Diageo has released a limited-edition collection of eight single malt scotch whiskies that, according to the brand’s Global Reserve Marketing & Malts director, Pedro Mendonca, “authentically pay homage to some of the greatest characters and houses.”
Like the houses of Westeros, Diageo’s distilleries in Scotland boast distinctive characters and history; each produces its own unique whisky according to the environmental conditions of its geographical locations. Addressing the collection, Vice President of Licensing & Retail at HBO, Jeff Peters, says, “whether [fans are] choosing allegiance to a House or collecting the whole range, there’s a wonderful diversity of the utmost quality thanks to Diageo’s unparalleled Scotch distilleries.” The eight distilleries were matched to the houses of Westeros, based on their histories and climates. Each represent a different house, and the Night’s Watch, and are labelled as such with unique sigils.
While we’re not disclosing our allegiances, we do have our favourites of the range, which are, coincidentally, the forerunners in the world of Westeros:
Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost for the House of Stark
The Dalwhinnie is one of the highest and coldest distilleries in Scotland, much like House Stark’s home in the North. Such rigid temperatures have inspired this single malt’s flavour profile of honey and spice, particularly honeyed figs and malt balls, finished with a rich fruitcake sweetness. Best served chilled or over ice.
Cardhu Gold Reserve for House Targaryen
Cardhu Gold Reserve embodies the fiery spirit of the Mother of Dragons herself as it honours powerful women. The Cardhu distillery was started by Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth during the 1800s, a period when the whisky industry was almost completely male-dominated. A first whiff delivers the scent of baking spices, while a sip reveals a rich caramel character with hints of red apple and clove with a hint of nuttiness that finishes light and dry.
Lagavulin 9 Year Old for House Lannister
As controversial as House Lannister is, one can’t help but admire its tenacity for doing whatever it takes to ascend the Iron Throne. The single malt boasts an intense, smoky flavour with every sip. Exclusively matured in first fill ex-Bourbon casks, it opens with notes of caramelised banana, burnt marshmallow and vanilla before it fades into a salted caramel finish. Best served neat or with a single drop of water.
Clyenelish Reserve for House Tyrell
Like The Tyrells, who appear sweet and wholesome but are calculatingly ambitious and politically savvy, this single malt is not to be underestimated. While it seems light and fruity at first, the whisky boasts complex, surprisingly sea-spicy notes. The first sip offers fresh fruity flavours of mango and pineapple, before it slips into rich, sweet vanilla, and warm, maritime notes.
The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection is only available from 1855 The Bottle Shop stores or at in Singapore.