The world is no stranger to themed whiskys, let alone ones that have some sort of inspiration from Game of Thrones. Last year we got 'White Walker', which was designed to be drunk at cold temperatures, and this year we'll be seeing more things like that. Specifically single malt scotchs that have been modelled after the great houses of Westeros (and the Night's Watch).
The Game of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Collection features eight different scotches, six of which are brand new, with the booze inside each one coming from a different distillery. Those distilleries were chosen thanks to the similarities they share with their respective fictional house. This is what the official marketing says:
House Tully (The Singleton Glendullan Select, £38): The power of water flows through both House Tully and The Singleton Glendullan Select as it is made on the banks of the River Fiddich in the wooded hills of Dufftown. Here they harnessed the water that flowed through the land utilising a water wheel to power the entire distillery.
House Stark (Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost, £48): Dalwhinnie, known for being one of the highest distilleries in all of Scotland, is cold and remote much like The North where House Stark calls home, making the two an iconic pairing. Extreme conditions are responsible for shaping the signature Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost honeyed sweetness and spicy warmth. Naturally, it’s best served chilled or over ice.
House Targaryen (Cardhu Gold Reserve, £48): Fuelled by the same fiery spirit of the fierce female leadership of Daenerys Targaryen, this single malt celebrates legendary women and their unwavering perseverance. The Cardhu distillery was pioneered by Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth during the 1800s, a time when the whisky industry was almost entirely male-dominated.
House Lannister (Lagavulin 9 Year Old, £65): Lagavulin is one of the most legendary single malt brands and has been crafted on the shores of Islay for more than 200 years – mirroring the meticulous calculation and tenacity employed by the Lannister’s in their rise to conquer the Iron Throne. This single malt whisky is a roaring single malt that recalls the Lannister’s riches and is best served neat or with a single drop of water.
The Night’s Watch (Oban Bay Reserve, £65): The Oban distillery sits beneath the steep cliff that overlooks the bay in the frontier between the west Highlands and the Islands of Scotland, separating land and sea, just as Castle Black, home of The Night’s Watch, sits between Westeros and the lands beyond The Wall. The liquid’s richness is balanced with a woody, spicy dryness that The Night’s Watch could enjoy even on the coldest of nights.
House Greyjoy (Talisker Select Reserve, £48): Talisker was a natural pair for House Greyjoy as this single malt is distilled on the shores of the Isle of Skye, one of the most remote and rugged areas of Scotland. The layered flavors and signature maritime character of Talisker Select Reserve are the result of its wave-battered shores. This liquid is an intense smoky single malt Scotch with spicy, powerful and sweet elements combined with maritime flavors.
House Baratheon (Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old, £38): Similar to Robert Baratheon ruling the Seven Kingdoms upon the Iron Throne, Royal Lochnagar was deemed a whisky worthy of a royal family as it was granted a Royal Warrant after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the distillery in 1848. Balanced with delicate fruits and spices, this taste of royalty is best enjoyed neat.
House Tyrell (Clynelish Reserve, £48): House Tyrell of Highgarden rules over the Reach, the lush and fertile region of Westeros. Like the Reach, Clynelish is positioned among green pastures and rolling hills, with scenic views of the North Sea. This vibrant, golden Scotch is light and floral, like House Tyrell, and it’s not to be underestimated with its underlying complex combination of Highland and maritime qualities.
Looks like House Martel and Arryn have been snubbed for one reason or another. Obviously Dorne isn't the kind of environment you'd expect to find a facsimile of in Scotland, but it's a bit strange the Vale hasn't been included. It's pretty rugged terrain, with plenty of hills and mountains, which makes it one of the the most Scottish places in Westeros. Then again nobody cares about the Vale, and the Arryns haven't had much to do beyond dying under suspicious circumstances.
All eight bottles are available to pre-order right now, ready for an 18th February release. That way you can flit away the time between then and the start of the eighth series by getting drunk.