Be prepared as winter’s clearly coming with the arrival of the limited edition Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection.
It has been eight years since the first episode of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones entitled ‘Winter is Coming’ was aired. To mark the start of the 8th and final season of the series in just a few days, DIAGEO and HBO have launched a limited edition Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection ($1,188*). Just as the land of Westeros has its tumultuous kingdoms, the collection features a unique cast of characters.
House Stark—Dalwhinnie’s Winter Frost
In a nod to the harsh, wintry conditions of The North, where Winterfell, House Stark’s castle is located, the House Stark scotch in the collection is Dalwhinnie’s Winter Frost, a whisky made in one of the highest distilleries in the Scottish Highlands. Best drunk on the rocks, it has a honey and fresh fig flavour profile.
House Tully—Singleton of Glendullan Select
Like House Tully in Westeros, based in the Riverlands, the liveblood of this distillery is the water flowing from its rivers, namely River Fiddich in Dufftown. The Singleton of Glendullan Select Speyside single malt whisky is redolent of orange and clove, and has hints of red berry compote and vanilla cheesecake on the palate.
House Targaryen—Cardhu Gold Reserve
Girl power is the name of the game in this pairing of House Targaryen, ruled by Daenerys Targaryen and the Cardhu distillery started by Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law in the 1800s. Expect to find aromas of baked apple with baking spices and the flavours of clove, red apple and nuts.
House Lannister—Lagavulin 9-year-old
Power, wealth and intrigue—all attributes of House Lannister in the Games of Thrones. Not quite as dramatic, but the Lagavulin 9-year-old could be said to have a similar ancient heritage, coming from a distillery that dates back to the early 19th century. This rich, peaty Islay whisky comes with notes of vanilla, burnt marshmallow and salted caramel is is best served neat or with a drop of water.
House Greyjoy—Talisker Select Reserve
The Talisker Select Reserve, distilled in the rugged, breathtaking Isle of Skye, is a good match for the House Greyjoy, a family that rules the seafaring community of the Iron Islands off the West Coast of Westeros. Expect spicy, fruity notes and a long finish.
House Baratheon—Royal Lochnagar 12-year-old
This whisky’s fit for royalty, in the way Royal Lochnagar was granted a Royal Warrant after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the distillery in 1848, and the the tribute it pays to House Baratheon of Game of Thrones, the erstwhile seat of royalty in the continent. Oak, sweet liquorice and mild nutmeg custard rule the flavours in this dram.
House Tyrell—Clynelish Reserve
House Tyrell of High Garden and the present-day Clynelish distillery on the east coast of Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands have in common lush, hilly surroundings. This golden scotch is light and floral but not any less complex than many other bolder-flavoured whiskies.
The Night’s Watch—Oban Bay Reserve
Like Castle Black, base camp of the Night Watch and the last frontier between Westeros and the lands beyond The Wall, the Oban distillery straddles the west Highlands and the Islands of Scotland. This whisky is resplendent with rich notes of cherry pie and candied orange peel.
Only from 13–16 April, travellers who shop at DFS or ishopChangi.com (12 hours to 30 days before their flight) will enjoy a 10 per cent discount for spending at least $150 on the whiskies above, or on the limited edition White Walker by Johnnie Walker ($68).
*recommended retail price