Johnnie Walker’s Game of Thrones-inspired whisky hits the market

Johnnie Walker White Walker

Diageo has collaborated with HBO and Game of Thrones to create its new limited edition scotch whisky, called White Walker by Johnnie Walker.

The scotch is inspired by the most enigmatic and feared characters on the hit show – the White Walkers – and has been released for fans to enjoy as anticipation builds towards the final season.

Known by their icy blue eyes and led by the Night King, the undead army of White Walkers have emerged from the Frozen North bringing with them the chill of winter and now a limited-edition whisky that evokes their icy world.

Created by whisky specialist George Harper, alongside the small team of expert blenders at Johnnie Walker, the limited edition whisky is best served directly from the freezer, “echoing the chilling presence of the White Walkers”.

The expression is described as having notes of caramelised sugar and vanilla, fresh red berries with a touch of orchard fruit. It features single malts from Cardhu and Clynelish – one of Scotland’s most Northern distilleries.

George used the Frozen North as his starting point for creating White Walker by Johnnie Walker.

He said: “Whiskies from Clynelish have endured long, Scottish winters, not dissimilar to the long periods endured by the Night’s Watch who have ventured north of the wall – so it was the perfect place to start when creating this unique whisky.”

The bottling features an icy white and blue design along with the iconic Johnnie Walker Striding Man now fashioned in armour to fit in among the ranks of the Night King’s forces.

Utilising temperature-sensitive ink technology, fans will be reminded that “Winter is Here” from an unexpected graphic icy reveal on the bottle when frozen.

Jeff Peters, vice president, licensing & retail at HBO, said: “We knew there was fan appetite for a Game of Thrones whisky and once we saw the vision from Johnnie Walker for a way to collaborate we knew the idea was perfect and the time was now.

“From the beginning, they understood that we wanted to create something special, and they’ve accomplished that with White Walker by Johnnie Walker.

“We’re confident fans will enjoy sipping this delicious whisky as they wait for season eight and beyond.”

White Walker by Johnnie Walker will be rolled out globally, including in all leading airports, from October 2018.

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