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Game Of Thrones: On of the most watched TV shows on earth
and as the The Guardian reported, "by 2014 it was "the biggest drama"
and "the most talked about show" on television". 

So, it made entire sense when global drinks behemoth, Diageo
(owner of Johnnie Walker etc etc etc) decided to have a
single malt tie in. 

And didn't the fans just love it, as the Thrones malts sold out almost
instantly in 2019 when the set of eight themed malts
were released.

 

Cardhu Gold Reserve
Game Of Thrones
House Targaryen
700ml 40%

So, let's start with Cardhu: Gold Reserve House of Targaryen.
I'm not going to get into a commentary on the show, it's characters
or it's story line. I really don't have enough space!

And with Cardhu it's all about the sweetness, from the toasty
oak to the creamy malt and the sweet apple fruitiness with
even a touch of marzipan. There's also a hint of kitchen spice
as well.
Retail: $199   
Members: $165

Dalwhinnie
Game Of Thrones House
Stark Winters Frost
700ml 43%

And so, to the Dalwhinnie, a no age statement American oak
matured dram that according to Flaviar tastes of, "Incredibly soft
and warming honeyed fruit on the palate with light floral notes
and a touch of spice.  Soft and spicy finish with a note of honey".
Retail: $199
Members: $165

 
Glendullan Select
Game Of Thrones
House Tully
700ml 40%

And now we are onto the Glendullan, looks like an American oak
matures Speysider, with Flaviar declaring, "Sweet and spicy with
chewy flavors of sweet fruits and deep notes of violets and orange
peel. Warm and powerful dry finish with a lovely perfumed aftertaste".
Retail: $199
Members: $165

 
LagavulinGame Of Thrones
9yo House Lannister
700ml 46% 

And then to one of Diageo's most famous distilleries, Lagavulin. There
has been a suggestion that first and second fill barrels were used, so as
to introduce a layer of sweetness to this venerable dram.

According to Spigrey on Whisky Base, Very salty, very malty, sweet. Liquorice,
apples, overripe bananas. There’s a faint floral touch to it. Strong tea and
quite some caramel! Touches of glue but in a pleasant way! And it’s sooo gentle
on the tongue!  The finish is long and very salty, still hints of banana and liquorice.
91/100." 
Retail: $199
Members: $165  


Oban Bay Reserve
Game Of Thrones
The Night's Watch
700ml 43% 

To think, that almost twelve months ago, I was at the Oban distillery, wondering
what all these "Night Watch" motifs plastered over the visitors centre and the
still house.  I was a touch naive about the whole GOT phenomena. 

And so to the Oban GOT: copped a bit of criticism from some whisky folks for
being a tad too easy drinking.But Markjedi1 on WhiskyBase reckons,
"Good body. Creamy and round. The fruit returns, but is joined with some nutmeg,
black pepper and cinnamon. Some mint. A very malty heart and a sweet note,
drying a bit as it lingers on the palate. Dark caramel. Marzipan and salted
caramel. I quite like this. The medium long to long finish still offers up spices,
while the sweet notes are overcome by salty notes. A bitterness at the death. 85/100." 
Retail: $199
Members: $165  

Royal Lochnagar
Game Of Thrones
12yo House Baratheon
700ml 40% 

I like Royal Lochnager.  Rich and malty, soft oak, a touch fruity and overall, just a
damn fine dram.  But this distillery is so well hidden.  Such a shame.  So I looked
forward to seeing this one under the GOT guise. Pleasingly this a 12yo dram and
it shows a supple, well balanced style.  All American oak of course. Not the most
expressive RL I've seen, but when you juts can't get hold of an OB, this will have
to do.
Retail: $199
Members: $165

TaliskerGame Of Thrones
House Greyjoy
700ml 45.8%  

And so finally to another well-loved malt, Talisker. And thankfully this dram
has some proper distillery character. Plenty of white pepper on the nose,
sea air and smoke flavours on the palate. 

Markjedi! on WhiskyBase explains, "The nose is wonderfully complex
with those typical Talisker notes on the one hand – smoke, pepper and
citrus – but also some great hints of green olives, beef jerky and cloves.
Some tobacco leaves and salted milk chocolate.  Good mouth feel.
Creamy and full. Again quite a bit of pepper, woodspices, vanilla and
some apricots, but it’s the salted chocolate (or is it salted caramel)
that takes the lead. The pepper becomes grand. Make that chili.
Hint of heather and menthol.  That continues on in the medium
long finish, ending in chocolate, tobacco and pepper.

Great Talisker. 86/100."
Retail: $199
Members: $165