Friday, 29 November 2019

Calling Game of Thrones lovers and whisky aficionados

Looking for a special Christmas gift for a Johnnie Walker whisky lover, or a fan of cult HBO show Game of Thrones?

Johnnie Walker has created two collectors’ edition whiskies – Song of Ice and Song of Fire – in celebration of the final season of Game of Thrones.

The new whiskies are inspired by and adorned with imagery from the two great Houses who face off in the final series - House Stark, represented by the fearsome Direwolf, and House Targaryen, represented by the fire-breathing Dragon.



The pair is available from liquor stores nationwide now at $69.99 for 700ml.


When the bottles are paired side-by-side, on the A Song of Fire bottle, Johnnie Walker’s iconic Striding Man uncharacteristically faces head-to-head with the A Song of Ice Striding Man, both backed by the fangs of the Direwolf and the breath of the Dragon.

All of which means nothing to me - as I've never seen a single episode.

Having taste tasted the pair alongside a couple of experienced whisky tasters I can report they "taste like Johnnie Walker" and "look very impressive".

A Song of Ice has a crisp, clean taste "inspired by the unforgiving, sharp Winterfell terrain and the freezing ice that shapes its mountains and stops its rivers". It is crafted using whiskies from Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most northern and iconic distilleries, lending a fresh crispness to the Scotch.

Diageo folk say A Song of Ice is best enjoyed on the rocks.

My preference was A Song of Fire, which boasts flavours of subtle smoky peats from the Caol Ila distillery.

Diageo, which owns Johnnie Walker, has a collection of brands including Bundaberg Rum, Johnnie Walker, Talisker, Lagavulin and The Singleton whiskies, Smirnoff and Cîroc vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

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