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Johnnie Walker launches limited edition Game of Thrones whisky

By Paula Gracey

I must be the only person on the planet who hasn’t seen Game of Thrones. I know, what is wrong with me?

But I’ve heard enough talk about it from self-confessed superfans, that I feel I sort of know something about it. One of my friends even went so far as to appear as an extra in some episodes so I can appreciate its widespread appeal.

Another thing I appreciate is whiskey or whisky, depending where it is made, of course.  My grandad was, and my dad is a big fan of the stuff and I have grown up with a definite taste for a dram (must be in the DNA), so Johnnie Walker has always been a well known name in our house. 

Now, enter stage right, White Walker, new out this month and available exclusively in Tesco for around £32.00, while limited edition stocks last. I was very excited to receive a bottle in its presentation box with a note telling me to freeze the bottle and watch for a secret hidden message to appear.

Lo and behold, it worked (but I won't spoil the surprise).

Still, it left me curious enough, glass in hand, to embark on some Game of Thrones research.

This unique Scotch, I learned, is inspired by the most enigmatic and feared characters on the hit show - the White Walkers.

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 this whisky has been created to evoke their icy world. 

Created by whisky specialist George Harper, alongside the small team of expert blenders at Johnnie Walker, this innovative whisky is best served direct from the freezer, echoing the chilling presence of the White Walkers.

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The bottle brings you right to the Frozen North with 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.

The Scotch has notes of caramelised sugar and vanilla, fresh red berries with a touch of orchard fruit and features Single Malts from Cardhu and Clynelish – one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries.

Blender George used the Frozen North as the starting point for his creation, explaining: “Whiskies from Clynelish have endured long Scottish winters, not dissimilar to the long periods endured by GoT's Night’s Watch ancient order of warriors - so it was the perfect place to start when creating this unique whisky.”

Enjoy White Walker straight from the freezer in a frozen tumbler for an authentic,  wintry experience or make a White Walker Highball with 50ml of White Walker, adding 150ml of ginger ale or soda water and garnish with mint and lemon.

What a perfect gift for Christmas, especially if we are lucky enough to get a white one! I know what dad and I will be sipping by the fire this Yuletide. Grab one quick, I have a feeling they won’t be around for long!

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