Whisky is coming.
Fans of “Game of Thrones” may have to wait until sometime in 2019 to see the final season of the wildly popular HBO fantasy series. But, in the meantime, they can drown their sorrows on some scotch whiskies.
The limited edition lineup is inspired by the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where the saga takes place, and the prominent families in the TV series.
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Liquor giant Diageo has a special Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky called The White Walker by Johnnie Walker (out Monday, $36) and a collection of single malt scotches, coming in November.
The White Walker, a blend from two single malt scotches from Cardhu and Clynelish distilleries in northern Scotland, is meant to be served cold. When put in a freezer, the iconic 750-milliliter bottle’s white and blue thermochromic ink will glow, a nod to the phosphorescent radiance emitted by the eyes of the show’s villainous white walkers.
Northern Scotland faces “fierce and long winters, which then impacts the liquid that went into the White Walker,” said Dan Sanborn, senior vice president of culture and partnerships at Diageo. “We really went to painstaking detail to match that white walker feeling and energy it evokes with the liquid and the scotches that we put in the bottle.”
Each of the eight Game of Thrones single malt whiskies is crafted by a different Diageo-owned Scottish distiller; seven are inspired by the family Houses of Westeros and another by the Night’s Watch (prices range from $29.99-$64.99).
The House Targaryen scotch ($39.99), which promises hints of clove and red apple, was made by the Cardhu Distillery. Two women (Helen Cumming and daughter-in-law Elizabeth) figure prominently in the northeastern Scotland distillery’s history.
At that time in the early 1800s, the industry was “almost entirely dominated by males,” Sanborn said. “We really wanted to bring the spirit of Daenerys Targaryen” (a character known as the Mother of Dragons) to the scotch, he said.
Other single malts in the collection include the House Lannister scotch ($64.99), a nine-year-aged scotch from Lagavulin, and the House Stark Winter’s Frost scotch from Dalwhinnie ($39.99), one of the highest-situated distilleries in Scotland.